WE ARE WATER MN

Featuring the Zumbro River Watershed

We Are Water MN deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. We Are Water MN helps communities, organizations, and individuals make better, more collaborative, and more relevant choices about water.

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EXHIBITS

Three exhibit locations invite you to explore in-person or virtually. Guests must follow current COVID-19 safety policies when visiting. Check back for details on virtual visits.

We are Water MN Exhibit
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Bridge over Zumbro River

WE ARE WATER MN

Main Exhibit

Rochester Art Center

40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904

11 am – 4 pm | Wednesday – Sunday

Closed Monday, Tuesday and major holidays

www.rochesterartcenter.org

Free

March 11 - May 9

This traveling exhibit examines water issues statewide and in local communities through personal stories, histories, and scientific information. It strengthens Minnesotans’ relationships with water, exposes visitors to new perspectives, and increases participation in water stewardship activities.

GROUNDWATER IN SOUTHEAST MN

Companion Exhibit

125 Live

125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Mon-Fri: 8am - 8pm, Sat: 8am - 6pm, Sun: 10am - 4pm

www.125livemn.org

Free

March 11 - May 9

Groundwater in Southeast MN begins as water from rain and snowmelt that soaks into the soil and moves into the rock layers below. The rock layers create formations that can hold water, known as aquifers or reservoirs. Minnesotans use the groundwater stored in the aquifers for drinking water. Drinking water wells pull the water from underground to the surface.

HISTORY OF WATER IN OLMSTED COUNTY

Companion Exhibit

History Center of Olmsted County

1195 W Circle Dr, Rochester, MN 55902

9 am –  5pm | Tuesday – Saturday

Closed Sunday and Monday

www.olmstedhistory.com

Admission

March 16 - December 31

Water has always been an important part of human history. See how water impacted the lives of early settlers in Olmsted County, influencing where they lived and how they survived. Learn how the City of Rochester would later manipulate the rivers to allow the city to grow.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Wed, Apr 28
    Online Workshop
    Apr 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Online Workshop
    Your “how-to” guide on creating a bee lawn.
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  • Apr 29, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    virtual presentation
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  • Nitrate Screening Clinic for Drinking Water
    Thu, May 06
    125 Live East Parking Lot
    May 06, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    125 Live East Parking Lot, 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester MN 55901
    If you get your drinking water from a well, you can test for nitrates for free!
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  • Tue, Apr 13
    Online Workshop
    Apr 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Online Workshop
    Join Metro Blooms landscape professionals to develop a framework for understanding resilience. Learn how to create resilience in your yard using site planning, raingardens, alternatives to conventional turf lawns, trees, native plantings and more.
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  • Apr 08, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Online Event
    Hear from local community members that care for water in agriculture and urban settings.
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  • Nitrate Screening Clinic for Drinking Water
    Thu, Apr 08
    Stewartville Civic Center Parking Lot
    Apr 08, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT
    Stewartville Civic Center Parking Lot, 120 S main Street Stewartville MN 55976
    If you get your drinking water from a well, you can test for nitrates for free!
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  • Thu, Mar 18
    125 Live - West Lower Parking Lot
    Mar 18, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    125 Live - West Lower Parking Lot, 125 Elton Hills Dr NW, Rochester, MN 55901, USA
    Drive-in Movie featuring: "Decoding the Driftless" and "Kiss the Ground"
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  • History of Water Exhibit Opening Day
    Tue, Mar 16
    History Center of Olmsted County
    Mar 16, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W Circle Dr, Rochester, MN 55902, USA
    History Center of Olmsted County March 16 - December 31
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YOUR WATER STORIES

KAMAU WILKINS

Kamau Wilkins is a water protector and social justice leader. He shares what is like to learn from elders and others about their relationship to water. What is your relationship to water?

MEGAN GALLAGHER

Megan Gallagher worked as an intern for the Environmental Resources Department in Olmsted County where she learned what was in the water--good and bad.

BIGER FAMILY

The Biger Family came from Iowa City to the Zumbro River to find recreation and respite during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has water been part of your story during the COVID-19 pandemic?

SAMMIE PETERSON

Sammie Peterson shares her passion for building future generations' relationships to water.
What should the water be like for future generations?

JANICE DOMKE

Janice Domke is a self-described river rat, who shares the story of her love of the river and the losses that she and her community faced when the Zumbro flooded in 2010.
How has water been a part of moments of joy or pain in your life?

WATER STORIES ARE BEING COLLECTED NOW.

Have a water story to share?  We would love to hear about your connection to water and why water is important to you.

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We Are Water MN is a collaboration of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. This exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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