Programs & Events

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Chocolate...1,000 years and Counting

November 25, 20177   10:00am to 1:00pm

Come discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest. Taste a cacao bean, learn how the Mayans and pre-Columbian Native Americans prepared their chocolate, and sample the energy drink that fueled the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac Presidio, Arizona to Alta, California. Included with park admission.

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Walking Tour of Old Tubac

Saturday, December 2, 2017   10 a.m. - noon

Come explore colorful Old Tubac that even some of the locals don’t know about! Guided by Connie Gessler, you’ll discover fascinating facts about the town’s early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona’s first European settlement.

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Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Arvel Bird

Sunday, December 3, 2017   2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird's compositions and performances are a confluence of styles informed by his extraordinary love of diversity—from traditional Celtic tunes and bluegrass standards to his original Native American folk and Celtic rock orchestrations.

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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.

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Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Wednesday, December 6, 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.

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Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

Thursday, December 7, 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.

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Presentation: Who Are the Sobaipuri O'odham?: The Sobaipuri Legacy at the San Xavier/Wa:k Community

Saturday, December 9, 2017   2 p.m.

Presenters Dr. Deni Seymour, Elder Tony Burrell and Cultural Specialist David Tenario of Wa:k present research that provides new perspectives on where and how they lived, and their relationship to the Hohokam.

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Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

Thursday, December 14, 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.

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Living History: Spinning

Thursday, December 14, 2017   10 a.m. - noon

Spinning is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. The tradition of weaving traces back to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago. Watch and learn how fiber and spinning impacted human activity from ancient to modern times.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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