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The Park will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 9 am - 5 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day at the Presidio, Saturday, September 22, 9 am – 5 pm
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. The Presidio is participating in this annual event where museums across the country are opening their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket. Go on-line to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to get your ticket for free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.
Exhibit: A Duel of Honor in Tubac
Visit the museum and see the fascinating story of the duel between the fiery Edward Cross, editor of the Weekly Arizonian, and Sylvester Mowry, a local mine owner who was a egotistical self-promoter hell-bent on achieving territorial status for Arizona. They clashed with words, and finally on July 8, 1859 Mowry challenged Cross to a duel. See what happened next! Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Exhibit: The O’odham and Pima Indian Company at Tubac
The O’odham and Pima have a special place in settling the Tubac area. A new concise exhibit displays food and basketry, describes their local government, and history with the Spaniards, who created companies of soldiers from the O’odham and Pima young men. The mixing of these various peoples and culture is why Tubac is so unique and vital today. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Exhibit: When Bronc Busters Wore Lipstick
The National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday, July 28 and we have a fantastic exhibit for all wannabe cowboys and cowgirls. Get a glimpse into the skilled, showy, and high-risk lives of cowgirls of the early 1900s. The display includes rare items from Western enthusiast and preservationist Cheri Raftery, who calls her collection “very personal”. Authentic cowgirl dress, historic photos and original artwork of them riding in rodeos and exhibitions put the cowgirls in context. The exhibit runs through the summer of 2018. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Exhibit: Unique 1800’s Ambulance
This exhibit at the Tubac Presidio is a rare original 1800’s period carriage called an ambulance. It has been restored and modified to replicate the ambulance that Phocion R. Way, an engraver from Cincinnati, Ohio, rode on from Mesilla on the Rio Grande River to Tucson in June 1858. Many other figures in Tubac’s Territorial history arrived on this type of vehicle because of its comfort and speed. Our ambulance was restored over thirteen months by Hanson Wheel and Wagon in Letcher, South Dakota and is the only known vehicle of its type on display anywhere in the world. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History – The Shaw D. Kinsley Gallery is open with 16 prints from 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 collection is on permanent display at the Tubac Presidio’s Otero Hall. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Frontier Printing Press Video Demonstrations
The Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 is here. Watch a video about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Copies of the first edition are available in the gift shop. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Popular speaker Jack Lasseter and Artist-in-Residence Ted Ramirez and Friends
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