Living History Events and Activities

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

Upcoming Events:



"Before the Presidio: Why the Spanish entered Arizona and Sonora in 1540."




SATURDAY-January 23rd: 2:00 p.m. at the Dusty Monk Pub (across the street from the Presidio) 201 N. Court Avenue
Join author and noted historian Dr. William Hartmann for a lecture on the many adventures of the early Spanish exploreres including Cortez, DeNiza and Coronado.  He will connect the dots between these Spaniards and how their early activities lead to the founding of the Tucson Presidio.
Purchase tickets at the door: $5  No-host drinks and food available.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


In addition to the regular activities held at Living History Day, the Presidio Museum will present a cavalcade of historic costumes and demonstrations to celebrate Arizona Statehood, which occurred on Feb. 14, 1912. The Spanish Barb, Arizona’s official state horse, will be on display, as will the types of saddles used at the time Arizona became a state. Flag ceremonies will be held throughout the morning featuring a selection of flags that have flown over the Presidio. An early-1900s female naturalist will also be on hand discussing science in the early statehood era.  The Presidio will also be bustling with demonstrations of children’s games, candle making, 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.  Regular admission of $3 applies.  

 Exhibits Calendar

 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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