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Living History Events and Activities

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

February 28th

Salon and Saloon: Featuring Dr. Albrecht Classen  
Jesuit missionaries in Sonora. A look at German speaking missionaries as founders. At the Dusty Monk Pub (in La Cocina) . Dr. Classen is a  Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona.    He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has a broad range of research interests covering the history of medieval and early modern German and European literature and culture from about 800 to 1800. He has published more than 74 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, and textbooks, and 9 poetry volumes of his own (Nov. 2013).

2:00 p.m. at La Cocina. Across the street from the Presidio, 201 N. Court Avenue.

March 10th

Eat at La Cocina and support the Presidio!
Tonight is charity night at La Cocina.  Enjoy dinner at La Cocina and 10% of your bill will be donated to the Presidio Trust.  Support the Trust while enjoying a night out!

La Cocina. Across the street from the Presidio, 201 N. Court Avenue.

March 14th



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.




March 28th

Book Signing  
Bernard Fontana, William Hartmann, Gayle Hartmann, Al Quihius, John Langelier, Mark Santiago.
Visit the Presidio during its own mini history book festival! Bring your books or buy copies at the gift shop!
Bernard Fontana: Author of A Gift of Angels: The Art of Mission San Xavier del Bac
Gayle Hartmann: Author of current Smoke Signals article: History Revived: Rebuilding Tucson's Presidio
William K. Hartmann: Author of Searching for Golden Empires: Epic Cultural Collisions in Sixteenth-Century America.
John Langellier: Author ofSouthern Arizona Military Outposts (Images of America Series) and many other publications.
Al Quihius: Author of Search for the Lost Art of Making Tortillas 
Mark Santiago: Author of The Jar of Severed Hands: Spanish Deprtation of Apache Prisoners of War, 1770-1810.

1 pm

March 28th -  Immediately after the book signing

Salon and Saloon: Featuring Dr. John Langellier  
Remington Called them Buffalo Soldiers, will be presented by  military historian Dr. John Langellier. This unique story of the first black troops posted to Arizona and their role in shaping the career of one of the most renowned artists of the American West draws upon Langellier's 45 year career that ranged from the Department of Defense to the AZ Historical Society. He has written or co-written over 40 publications and served as a consultant to television and major motion pictures such as Apocalypse Now and Geronimo: An American Legend. Before the 3PM presentation at La Cocina, he will be joining other authors at our special book signing opportunity starting at 1PM. 

3:00 p.m. at La Cocina. Across the street from the Presidio, 201 N. Court Avenue.

April 11th



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.




May 3rd

Walking Tour from the Presidio to Mission Gardens  
With local historian Ken Scoville founder and director of Old Pueblo Tours.
Ken Scoville is one of Tucson's leading historians and preservationists.  His detailed knowledge of Tucson's historic buildings and locales has been tapped repeatedly to help guide the development and planning of downtown.  He provides knowledge of past places and people who have contributed to our culture and heritage.    The walk will be about 1 1/2 miles.  Ken will lead you on an adventure travel through time as you walk from the Presidio, across the Santa Cruz and over to the Mission site and Mission Gardens.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.  Bring water and a snack.  At the end of your walk we encourage you to visit La Cocina across from the Presidio, for lunch. 
$5 of your ticket price will go to the Presidio (The Presidio Trust) and $5 will go to Mission Gardens (Friends of Tucson's Birthplace). 

Leaves from the Presidio at 9:00 am

Tickets $30


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.

  To reserve a date for your school to attend a Friday at the Fort program in 2015-2016 contact tbaxter559@aol.com. Thank you to our participating schools and to our sponsors!  

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