December, January events at Tubac Presidio

Note: Please call ahead for reservations for all programs

December, January events at Tubac Presidio
Events happening at Tubac (National Park Service)

TUBAC, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

DECEMBER

Don’t forget to shop at the Presidio Gift Shop this Holiday Season! Inside our Visitor Center are fabulous gifts for the holiday season including an extensive collection of children’s toys, historical fiction and non-fiction books, handmade dolls and carvings, nativity scenes, cards and more.

If you are shopping online at Amazon you can support the Presidio by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Tubac Presidio. Go on-line and enter the Presidio code: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2133238

New at the Presidio! Docent Tuesday Tours – Tuesdays, December 18, 10 – 11:15 am - If you always wanted to visit the Presidio, now is your chance. For the price of regular admission, you’ll received a guided tour by Bill Stewart or Connie Gessler. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Tuesday, December 18, 9 am – 1 pm A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Coming in 2019

JANUARY

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Thursdays, January 3, 10, & 17; Tuesday, January 8; Wednesday, January 16, 9 am – 1 pm. A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Walking Tour of Old Tubac, Saturdays, January 5 & 19, 10 am – Noon. Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Gessler, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

Santa Cruz River Children’s Water Art Exhibit Reception: Saturday January 5, 2 - 4 pm. In anticipation and celebration of the 2019 Smithsonian Exhibit, Water/Ways, hosted by the Presidio October 19 through December 1, 2019, the Presidio and Global Community Alliance will display artwork by children from the Nogales and Santa Cruz county school districts in Otero Hall. This exhibition dives into water--an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. Don’t miss it! The children’s exhibit runs through February and is included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. If you are shopping on-line at Amazon you can support the Presidio by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Tubac Presidio. Go on-line and enter the Presidio code: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2133238

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Author Linda Strader talks about her book, Summers of Fire - Sunday, January 6, 2 - 3 pm. It took some real courage and spunk to be the first woman firefighter in our Santa Rita Mountains. Linda Strader, was the gal! You’ll love her, be amazed at her story, and want Summers of Fire at the top of your winter reading list. See you there! $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

New at the Presidio! Docent Tuesday Tours – Tuesdays, January 8 & 22, 10 – 11:30 am If you always wanted to visit the Presidio, now is your chance. For the price of regular admission, you’ll received a guided tour by Bill Stewart or Connie Gessler. Reservations requested, call 520-398-2252. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Terrenos by Diana Delugan - Saturday, January 12, 2-3 pm. Author and 8th generation Otero Family member, Diana Delugan talks about her book and the 230th anniversary of Arizona’s oldest land grant in our historic Otero Hall. The story of the Otero Land grant is one shared by Diana’s family with many other Spanish and Mexican pioneer families in their collective experience. It is a culture-rich history of people that flourished or fell once they were subject to United States government rule. Come listen to Diana talk about her research of her family history and the history about the land grant. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Rebekah and Matt Rowland – Sunday, January 13, 2 – 4 pm. Brought together as young musicians by Arizona bluegrass and fiddle festivals, Matt and Rebekah have since garnered national recognition as performers, songwriters, and founders of the Americana and Bluegrass band, Run Boy Run. The duo recently released an album of original songs, Seed & Silo, completed in partnership with the National Parks Service for its Centennial Year. Tickets $20 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Presentation by Jack Lasseter – Western Army during the Indian Wars & Garrison Life at Ft. Bowie - Saturday, January 19, 2019, 2 pm. Jack shares with us the fascinating story of what the post-Civil War western army was really like, who was in it, what life was like for the soldiers, and how this army of 15,000 to 20,000 accomplished the seemingly impossible job of subduing some 300,000 Indians on the Western frontier. Closer to home, imagine what it was like being stationed at Ft. Bowie, Arizona Territory, and fighting the Apaches. Come and you will hear this amazing story. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252.

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Domingo DeGrazia and Ismael Barajas – Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2 – 4 pm. Come listen and enjoy classical guitar masters Domingo and Ismael as they play Spanish Gypsy Flamenco. Tickets $25 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site– Monday, January 21st, 11 am – 2 pm. Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign ‘An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors’ before entering. Bring a snack and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Lighting the Fuse: “Colonel” Greene and the Mexican Revolution – Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 2- 3:30 pm The Presidio and The Border Community Alliance are collaborating on an exciting presentation. Few Americans know much about the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), why it happened and how American policies and business interests were involved. An American businessman, William Cornell Greene (aka “Colonel” Greene) owned thousands of acres of land and a number of copper mines in Sonora. Hisstory, including his colorful beginning in Tombstone, the copper mine in Cananea and the labor disputes that sowed the seeds of the Mexican Revolution are the topics of this stirring presentation at the Tubac Presidio. Presenter Bill McGrath is an excellent researcher and storyteller, who happened to room with “Colonel” Greene’s grandson in college. His multi-media presentation will interest all. Tickets $20, BCA members, $15. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252. The Border Community Alliance will be following up on Bill’s presentation with a tour to Bisbee/Cananea March 5-7, 2019. More information is available on the website www.bordercommunityalliance.org.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Archaeologist, Dr. Deni Seymour, talks about 1780′s Missions – January 26, 2 – 3 pm. In April 1780, Military Governor Ugarte and Chief Engineer Rocha were sent on a reconnaissance mission to the northwestern frontier of New Spain, land that today is northern Sonora and southeastern Arizona. Seeking information on the advisability of placing a presidio at the junction of the San Pedro and Gila rivers, Ugarte and Rocha described the landscape in unprecedented detail. Their accounts provide valuable baseline information on environment and culture that allows for analysis of changes at a critical moment in borderland history. Deni Seymour is a full-time research archaeologist affiliated with academic institutions and but operates as an independent scholar. She has authored several books including To the Corner of the Province: The 1780 Ugarte-Rocha Sonoran Reconnaissance and Implications for Environmental and Cultural Change. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: The Continuity of Hopi Dry Land Farming - Sunday, January 27, 2 pm. Michael Kotutwa Johnson, a Hopi Tribal member and traditional dry farmer, will discuss the connection between Hopi spirituality and their ancient agricultural ties. Michael’s exhibit, ‘The Resiliency of Hopi Agriculture: 2000 years of Planting’, currently on display at the Arizona State Museum, illustrates Hopi farming practices, which are based on spiritual beliefs, community values, and ancient, time-tested techniques. $10 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series Presents: Brilliant Bones: The Calavera Art of Mexico – January 30, 2 – 3:30 pm. The Presidio and The Border Community Alliance are collaborating again on another informative talk! Skull and skeleton motifs have almost become a stereotype of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration. But this form of art (which we call “calavera art”) has a vivid history and contemporary relevance that go far beyond the Day of the Dead. Join us for a fascinating journey through Mexico’s calavera art tradition, beginning more than 100 years ago and emerging into a vital and pervasive art form in modern Mexico. We’ll conclude with some unexpected examples of calavera art crossing the border and becoming a new part of the art scene in the United States. Our presenters, Russ and Blyth Carpenter, are experienced authors, teachers and speakers who include music and video to keep things lively. Tickets $20, BCA members, $15. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

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