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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Named a National Historic Site in Journalism - Dedication Ceremony Saturday, March 23

(Phoenix, Arizona - March 22, 2013) - A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 to officially dedicate the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park as a national historic site in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists.

To celebrate the official dedication, the Park will offer demonstrations of the original Washington Hand Press from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A tour of the Tubac Presidio museum will be at 1 p.m. The dedication ceremony will be held on the museum patio at 2 p.m. Distinguished guests will include Marshall Trimble, Arizona's Official State Historian; Dave Cuillier, National SPJ President-elect and Director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism; and Kent Ennis, Deputy Director, Arizona State Parks.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is being recognized as the home of Arizona's first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian, which was published in Tubac, Arizona on March 3, 1859. The Washington Hand Press on which the paper was printed is displayed at the Park and continues to be operated by volunteers who print copies of that first newspaper for visitors.

According to Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, Tubac was founded in 1752 by Spanish soldiers and is the oldest non-Native American community in the state. Edward E. Cross first published the Weekly Arizonian on March 3, 1859. Trimble wrote in support of the Tubac Presidio's nomination, including details of the paper's history and its final printing in Tubac on August 11 of its founding year.

Since 1942, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has honored the people and places that have played important roles in the history of journalism through the Historic Sites program. SPJ's Valley of the Sun Chapter nominated the Tubac Presidio for this national designation.

Previous honorees of this award include: The Associated Press offices in Washington and New York City; Freedom¹s Journal, the first Black newspaper published in the United States; and, most recently, the Silverton Standard & the Miner. See a complete list of past winners at www.spj.org/a-historicsites.asp.

The Society for Professional Journalism was founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi. SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry and works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org. Society of Professional Journalists contacts: Lauren Rochester, SPJ Awards Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 210, lrochester@spj.org or Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 205, cdigangi@spj.org.

For more information contact Tubac Presidio State Historic Park at (520) 398-2252. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at One Burruel Street in Tubac, Arizona. The park is located 45 miles south of Tucson on Interstate 19. Park admission is $5 adults, $2 youth 7-13, children younger than 7 are free. To learn more about the Arizona's first state park, please visit AZStateParks.com/TUPR.

For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703), visit the website and online camping reservations at AZStateParks.com, Twitter/Facebook AZStateParks.

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