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Living History Events and Activities

October  11th
Living History   

Our living history season begins today.  Please join our interpreters as they take you back to Spanish Colonial Tucson and show you what daily life was like.  Experience the life of soldiers who drill and perform the ceremony of cannon fire.  Civilians will be demonstrating daily skills of spinning and weaving, bread baking, blacksmithing, and cooking.  The Black Thread exhibit opens today in the museum.
10 am-3 pm
November 8th
Living History   

Come see what Teodoro Romero has for sale in his store while other living history interpreters share foods of the time and demonstrate daily life in Colonial Tucson.  Our soldiers will be on hand and we will be entertained with our storytellers and with music by local Indian flute players. 
10 am-3 pm
December 13

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.

 5 pm-9 pm
 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.

10 am-3 pm
 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.

10 am-3 pm
 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.


3 pm

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

thru August, 2014.

A Bite To Eat: Feeding the Troops in 1780
This exhibit features food of the Spanish Colonial period found at the original Tucson Presidio including chocolate, marching rations and the daily foods of the Presidio inhabitants. Food wasn’t Mexican, but it was not entirely European either. This exhibit shows the blending of cultures through diet. 

thru September, 20, 2014.

Blacksmithing in the Presidio; The Tools of the Trade
Blacksmithing tools and supplies used in Spanish Colonial and Mexican Tucson
Coming in October
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.

Coming in October

Knife, Fork or Spoon: Eating Utensils in Pioneer Tucson
This exhibit explores the evolution of eating utensils from prehistory through Arizona Statehood


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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