The Park will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Museographic Exhibition: "Cerro de Trincheras Archaeological Site" – 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 English. 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.
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 giclées 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.
Pony Up for Anza Days! – Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 5-7 pm
Come to a community party to raise funds for the horses for the Anza Day reenactment ride from the Tumacacori Mission to the Presidio. Featuring a delicious B-B-Q, music, piñata and 50-50 drawing. Hosted by the Tubac Rotary. All proceeds benefit Tubac’s Anza Day celebration. $25 adults, $15 for children under 12. Tickets available at Tubac Presidio and Tumacookery. Tickets available on-line from the Tubac Chamber of Commerce: tubacaz.com.
Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Sunday, September 13 & Saturday, September 26, 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: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturdays, September 12 & 26, 10 – 1 pm
A knowledgeable volunteer describes the combination of native and introduced foods enjoyed by the Spanish soldiers and civilians who lived in Tubac during the Spanish Colonial period (1752-1776). Featuring a special display of the bounty of foods from the Old World, New World and surrounding desert used by Tubac cooks. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Art Project: Anza Days Decoration Fiesta! -- Wednesday, September 16, 10am
Calling all artsy, creative-types, and those who just want to have fun! The Presidio needs your help to create and decorate the poles that are used to guide our Anza Day horse riders into the park grounds during the Anza Day celebration on Saturday, October 17. Roberta Rogers has agreed to channel peoples' creative inspirations. Poles and art supplies will be provided. We need everyone’s help, especially kids and those young-at-heart. This is a FREE event, but we need you to sign up in order to have enough supplies. Call us today at (520) 398-2252.
Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period – Saturday, September 19, 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. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
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