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Living History Events and Activities

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

December 13



Living History: The Annual Luminaria Festival
Visit the old Fort in candle light. This honored tradition features luminarias and music in the Presidio. Hot chocolate and cookies top off an evening of fun.  The cannon fires at dusk, kicking off the holiday season. The Gift Shop is open for unique holiday gifts.




 January 10



Living History   
Come try your hand at making tortillas, sample some pozole, learn how to spin cotton or wool and see weavers and blacksmiths demonstrate their craft.  You may be in luck, as today could be baking day and soap making day in Spanish Colonial Tucson.  Stories and Soldier drill are on today’s schedule as well. Thank you to our event sponsor. Desert Diamond Casino. 


 February 14



Cavalcade of History: Arizona Statehood Day
State history is celebrated today with a variety of characters and costumes celebrating our rich history.  These characters will join our monthly living historians who demonstrate daily life in the Presidio.  Come walk through history with us on this special day.




 March 14



Living History    
Our living history in the Presidio continues today with children’s games, storytelling, and fresh baked bread to sample.  Help churn butter, push the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets.  It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family.  Learn about different facets of Spanish Colonial Tucson in the zaguan where stories and short talks will be shared.  Listen to the relaxing music of the day and tour the museum exhibits.




April 11



Living History   
Step back in time for our last living history day of the season.  We’ll share our daily life skills of cooking, candle making, spinning and weaving and blacksmithing.  Soldiers will drill and fire the cannon for the final rally of the season.  Please come enjoy a free day of fun, food and adventure into Tucson’s history.





Exhibits Calendar

Opens October 11, 2014

The Black Thread: African American Successes in Southern Arizona.

From the first explorers to the success of blacks in the military this exhibit will feature the influence of African-Americans in Southern Arizona history.


Friday at the Fort and Morning Muster

On these days the Presidio hosts school groups for our popular Friday at the Fort program and half-day Morning Muster.  The public is welcome to drop in and observe.

  Our Friday at the Fort season begins in the next school year. Contact tbaxter559@aol.com to reserve a date in the 2014-2015 school year or if you are interested in volunteering for the program. Thank you to our participating schools and to our sponsors!  

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