Living History Events and Activities

Living History Days are on 2nd Saturdays, October through April

Upcoming Events:

March 12th

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Price: Regular $3 admission applies.  Members are free. 



Living History: Genealogy Day

Genealogists will discuss the Presidio families and their descendants. They will also be available to help you get started on your own family history.  The Presidio gift shop will have its newest book on sale "Pioneer Families of the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, 1775-1856." By J. Homer Thiel. This book presents information on many of the early families of Tucson. 

Other activities include children’s games, storytelling and fresh baked bread to sample. Soldiers will practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of the cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. 



Sunday MARCH 13th: St. Patricks Day Parade

Please join the Presidio's La Gente and Los Soldados in partnership with Los Descendientes to march in the St. Patricks Day parade. As always, we will commemorate our Irish “flag-planter” Hugo O’Conor and will hand out fliers with his original proclamation.  Contact Monica at for details on times, parking etc.   

MARCH 19th: SALON AND SALOON LECTURE: Patricia Preciado Martin

2:00 p.m. at the Dusty Monk Pub (across the street from the Presidio)
201 N. Court Avenue
Price: $5 at the door
No-host drinks and food available.

"In Their Own Words - Pioneer Stories Of Tucson"
In conjunction with Genealogy Day on March 12th, this presentation will inform you of the many individuals who lived in early Tucson and share their personal experiences.



APRIL 2nd:
2:00 p.m. at the Dusty Monk Pub (across the street from the Presidio)
201 N. Court Avenue
Price: $5 at the door
No-host drinks and food available.

"Daily Life in early Sonora and Arizona, The German Speaking Jesuits in 18th Century Sonora and their personal perspectives"


Sunday APRIL 3rd: La Merienda 
Presented by Las Doña’s de los Descendientes de Tucson. 
Honoring Danielle DeConcini Thu
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets $50 per person.  For tickets please contact Kristen at 520-237-3566 or  

This year La Merienda will be held at the Presidio. We are honored to announce that proceeds from this year's event will also directly benefit the Presidio San Agustin Museum. Keynote speaker: Presidio archaeologist and Tucson Presidio Trust Board President, Homer Thiel.  

APRIL 4th:
To Mission Garden and the site of the Mission San Agustin
9 a.m.

Field trip to Mission Garden and the site of the Mission San Agustin
Lead by archaeologists Homer Thiel and Gayle Hartmann.
9 a.m. until about noon. Meet at the Presidio
We will visit the newly created Mission Garden at the base of “A” Mtn., visit the site of the Mission San Agustín and related structures, visit the remains of Warner’s Mill, and take a quick look at the Solomon Warner home. After the trip, if there is interest, we can stop at the Mercado for a quick lunch. This trip will be fun and educational, especially for docents, since we talk about the Mission San Agustin, etc.,  on our docent tours of the Presidio.
Price: This local field trip is free to all members and docents are especially invited.   Non-members may purchase membership at the Museum in advance of the outing.  $30 Individual Membership, $40 Family Membership


APRIL 9th: Living History-Old and New World Foods
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Price: Regular admission of $3 applies. 

What foods were brought from Europe and what was cultivated here?  Come to the Presidio and learn! 


APRIL 24th:
ANNUAL MEETING: A Presidial Cocktail and Dessert Celebration

2:30 pm. 

Tickets: $15 










Join the Board of the Tucson Presidio Trust in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Turquoise Trail and the 1st Anniversary of the Trust's management of the Presidio.  Wine, beer, finger food and homemade pies and cakes will be served.





 October 2015 - April 2016

From Shaman to Surgeon: Military Medicine in Arizona 1776 - 1916

Supported by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson and Banner University Medical Center. The exhibit explores the details of 18th and 19th century Army Medicine and also early civilian medical practitioners in Southern Arizona and the Southwest.  The 18th century segment includes medicinal treatments available to the residents of the Tucson Presidio including curandera and native treatments.  The exhibit combines photographic and text panels with artifacts and reproductions, and an exterior exhibit of medicinal plants.

2015 - Summer 2016


January 2016 - December 2016

The Sharp Edge of Mexico

An exhibit of knives and swords through the Spanish and Mexican period. 

Tucson Stories

This yearly exhibit tells the story of individuals in early Tucson history. The first exhibit is about Octavio Gastelum and his exciting encounter with Geronimo.


Friday at the Fort

The volunteers of the Presidio host school groups for our popular Friday at the Fort program, a day long, hands on 18th century skills day.  The public is encouraged to drop in and observe. Actively seeking volunteers.

  To reserve a date for your school to attend a Friday at the Fort program in 2016-2017 contact Thank you to our participating schools and to our sponsors!  
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