July events at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - Tucson News Now

July events at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Special Museographic Exhibition:  "Cerro de Trincheras Archaeological Site" -- June 7 through September 30 

Take a journey through the history of Trincheras, from the first settlers to the current protection of the first archaeological site in the State of Sonora. This 20-panel international display was produced and installed by the Sonoran division of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH, National Institute of Anthropology and History), a Mexican federal government bureau established in 1939 to guarantee the research, preservation, protection, and promotion of the prehistoric, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and paleontological heritage of Mexico. Its creation has played a key role in preserving the Mexican cultural heritage.  The panels display photographs of artifacts, archaeological features, and reconstructions of what life was like from the Pleistocene to the present.  The texts are in Spanish with an English translation available. Jim Griffith considers Trincheras Sonora's most spectacular archaeological site. For four months only, this is an exhibition not to be missed! Included with Park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Special Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History – The Alan B. Davis Gallery is open with 16 paintings by renowned Western artist William Ahrendt, each depicting a significant event in Arizona's colorful history. The paintings and their historical narratives were featured as a special 16-part “Cavalcade of History” series in Arizona Highways magazine from 1987 through 1990.  Arizona Highways remembers this series as “among the magazine's most remembered illustrations.” The giclée reproductions on canvas were donated to the Tubac Historical Society in memory of longtime Tubac resident and businessman Alan B. Davis. The collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio's Otero Hall.  Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration – Saturday, July 4, 10am-12 noon

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be the site of an assortment of free games for the kids including hula hoops, water balloon and bean bag toss, coin guess, and others. For a special treat kids can make authentic adobe bricks to take home.  A face painter will be available to brighten kids' faces.  Free hot dogs, nachos, watermelon, and lemonade.  The “squirt-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department will be the cooling grand finale. This old-fashioned family celebration is organized by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce with help from our local non-profit organizations. Park admission is FREE during the event.

AOT Visitor Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting - Thursday, July 9, 4:30 – 6 pm

Join us to celebrate Tubac's own official “Arizona Local Visitor Information Center” located at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. This is the culmination of a joint effort by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce and the Presidio to have an official visitor center for the Village. The Presidio is ideally suited to fill this role as its Visitor Center and restrooms meet ADA requirements and it is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.

The new Visitor Center not only keeps rack cards for any local business that wishes to display them, but also rack cards from each of Arizona's five tourism regions, the state Visitor's Guide and Arizona state map.  Special refreshments will be served in our various exhibit spaces throughout the Park to entice locals who have not seen our improvements to do so.  This is a free event, but please call 520-398-2252 to reserve a space.

Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturdays, July 11 & 25, 11 am-2 pm

For the summer months we are adjusting our Old World/New World foods program to focus on 1) the native and imported fruits of New Spain, and 2) how Mexico has developed and enhanced the notion of dessert.  The presentations will educate visitors about the origins, nutritional/survival values and the incredible variety of these delectable foodstuffs. Featuring a special display and samples from the Old and New Worlds. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Sundays, July 12 & 26, and Saturday, July 18, 11 am-3 pm

Professional printer and teacher James Pagels 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. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.  

Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Friday, July 17, 11 am-2 pm

When the Spanish soldiers and their families settled Tubac in 1752, there was no doctor or surgeon among them. It was the responsibility of the women to treat their family's physical complaints and wounds. Medicine was basic and dependent on herbs and plants known for their healing properties. This living history program features a display of medicinal herbs and plants, and knowledgeable commentary by an herbalist who will tell visitors how these plants were used by “curanderas” (healers) to treat illness and injuries. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.  

Movie: “The Bottom of the Bottle” – Thursday, July 30, 2 pm

For the dog days of summer come to the Presidio to enjoy classic refreshments in air conditioned Otero Hall to watch the 1956 movie, “The Bottom of the Bottle” starring Van Johnson and Joseph Cotton.  It is based on the 1948 novel by the Belgian-born author of the Inspector Maigret mysteries, Georges Simenon.  Simenon and his then-current mistress, lived at the north end of Pendleton Drive; his wife, son, and first mistress lived near the southeast corner of Santa Gertrudis Lane and the East Frontage Road in the 1940's.  He was inspired by local people and conditions to write this novel of intrigue.  Local Historian Dwight Thibodeaux will comment on the film as it's being shown to tie it to local people, places, and events.  The film runs 88 minutes.  Call 520-398-2252 to reserve a place.  $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Park.  

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