Programs & Events

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Ongoing 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 of 1858.


Ongoing 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.


Ongoing Event: Children’s Garden

05/27/2017   9am. - 4pm.

The children’s garden by the schoolhouse allows children of all ages to play hopscotch, marbles, and jump-rope the old-fashioned way.


Experience Our New Children's Garden

Tuesday 5/30 to Sunday 12/31

The children’s garden by the schoolhouse allows children of all ages to play hopscotch, marbles, and jump rope the old-fashioned way. Come be as sunny as the sunflowers and delight in some summer fun.


Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Tuesdays, December 5 and 19, 2017   11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A knowledgeable volunteer 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.


Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

December 16, 2017   11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park, which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.


Revolutionary America-Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

Saturday, December 16, 2017   2 p.m.

One of Jack’s favorite subjects this is the story of the founding of America and what those founding fathers were trying to create here in the New World. The story includes all the famous characters: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Marshall; and Jack even includes what was going on with the Spanish out here in the Southwest at the time.


Southwestern Christmas Concert with Ted Ramirez and Special Guests

Sunday, December 17, 2017   2 p.m.

Experience the joy of the season with our own Artist-in-Residence Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez in the 1885 Territorial Schoolhouse, sharing the stage with his musical friends: Ellen Murphy Edmondson, Earl Edmondson, and Ismael Barajas.


Water/Ways Exhibit

October 19, 2018

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.