TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Presidio's Living History season kicks off on October 11. See interpreters in Colonial dress as they take visitors back to Spanish Colonial Tucson and show them what daily life was like. Experience the life of soldiers who drill and shoot the cannon hourly, right in front of visitors. See demonstrations of spinning and weaving, bread baking in an adobe oven, blacksmithing, and cooking tortillas on an open comal.
Visitors will get a glimpse of what life was like for early Tucsonans as they forged a culture of cooperation that lives on here in Southern Arizona.
Living History Days will take place every second Saturday of the month through April from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; in December the hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) This first Living History Day has been generously sponsored by Cox Communications.
The Black Thread exhibit also recently opened, on September 17 in the Presidio museum gallery. 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.
The Presidio San Agustin first was built in 1775 by Spanish soldiers establishing a frontier in New Spain. At its height about 400 people lived within its walls including Spanish soldiers and their families, a priest, blacksmith, and Native Americans. Children played games or worked while the mothers made bread and washed clothes. Soldiers repaired the fort, drilled, and road out on military forays.
Currently a portion of the Presidio has been reconstructed and stands on its original site in downtown Tucson and includes a 20-foot-tall tower (torreon) and 10-foot walls. The reconstruction incorporates an original Territorial era house from the late 1800s which houses the Museum and Gift Shop and is the main entrance to the Presidio.
Outside the east wall of the Presidio, visitors can see a timeline of the history of habitation in this region. Starting from the earliest Native dwellers through modern times, small plaques mark important milestones of this history. Walkers can also pick up the Turquoise Trail Map at the Presidio Museum and follow the turquoise line around the City to experience Tucson's culture and beauty.
The Presidio is located at the corner of Church and Washington; main entrance (196 N. Court Street, Tucson 85701)
General hours - Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission to the Presidio Museum and Living History Days is free.
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