APRIL 18: Living History: Medicine of the Spanish Colonial Period
11am.-2pm. 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.
APRIL 18: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations
11am-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, typesetting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free. (Repeats April 28, 9am.-1pm. & April 30, 9am.-1pm.)
APRIL 19: Book Talk & Signing: Albert Monreal Quihuis: Sofia and Pepe Adventure Series Children’s Books
2pm. This award winning author presents the story and model behind his delightful children’s adventure series. After writing his first children's book to honor his parents and family traditions, Albert became passionate about writing books that not only to entertain but also enrich and inspire children to learn about their traditions, culture and history, and take pride in their Latino heritage. $7.50 fee includes admission to the Park.
Non-Presidio Event of Interest:
APRIL 23-26: 56th Annual Arizona History Convention
The Arizona History Convention meets once a year to celebrate Arizona’s great history and people. This year’s topics range from the past and present of the Yaqui tribe, the Civil War in Arizona, J. Ross Browne, to Tucson pioneer women, and many more! Presidio director Shaw Kinsley is a presenter, speaking on “Saving the Tubac Presidio: I Had No Idea!” and will also give a guided tour of the Presidio to convention attendees, explaining the town of Tubac and the presidio’s importance in settling southern Arizona and the greater Southwest. The History Convention is open to all. For more information and to register go to:www.arizonahistory.orgEvent Location: Casino del Sol Resort and Conference Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson
APRIL 25: Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period
11am.-2pm. Volunteers dressed in period clothing describe 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, plus cooking demos with samples. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Art Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History
All Month - 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.
MAY 5: Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations
Tuesday, May 5, 9am-1pm; Wednesday, May 13, 9am-1pm; Thursdays, May 7 & 14, 9am-1pm; Fridays, May 8 & 15, 9am-1pm.
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, typesetting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
MAY 15: Living History: Foods of the Spanish Colonial Period
Fridays, May 15 & 29, 11am-2pm. 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.
MAY 21: Documentary Film on Father Kino
Thursday, May 21, 2 pm. Arizona and Sonora are not the only states that venerate Eusebio Francisco Kino, the first European to enter Santa Cruz Valley. During the 300th anniversary of Fr. Kino’s death in 2011, a group of more than 30 people traveled from Italy to Arizona and Sonora to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Included were family descendants from his hometown of Segno, a delegation of church officials from the Italian Diocese of Trento, and municipal and provincial dignitaries. This Italian contingent created a video documentary of the most important events that took place during the 300th anniversary celebration interwoven with the story of Kino’s life. In recognition of the 49th anniversary of the discovery of Padre Kino’s mortal remains, we will show this film at the Tubac Presidio on Thursday, May 21. We will have special refreshments for the performance! $7.50 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge