Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washigton St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Pueblo Grande Museum pays homage to the incredible prehistoric canal irrigation system upon which Phoenix was built with a free lunch time lecture series, Water Works: Settling the Salt River Valley, at the Museum in October. Commemorating the 150-year anniversary of Swilling’s Ditch and the engineering legacy of canals left by the Hohokam, these lectures also coincide with the recognition of Indigenous People’s Day by the City of Phoenix and will be filmed by PHXTV Channel 11. Come celebrate these significant achievements of our shared Arizona history. Discover how the ancient waterways of the past led to the modern water systems of today, and what lessons we can learn for the future.
Explore the history of the Phoenix area’s modern water delivery system, with speaker Leah Harrison, Salt River Project Historian, starting with the Hohokam and moving through to the present day. Hear the stories of the innovative and collaborative spirit of early canal companies, community efforts to organize the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association, and the engineering and construction of SRP’s water storage dams that supply the valley’s canals. Changes in water management in response to the valley’s transition from an agricultural community to a more urban center after World War II will also be covered, concluding with a conversation about current opportunities to interact with and celebrate the valley’s historic dams and canals.
Museum admission is not required to attend these free lectures. They are open to the public, made possible by the Pueblo Grande Museum and the City of Phoenix. Visit pueblogrande.com for more details about the lecture series and other programs at Pueblo Grande Museum.