Programs & Events

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Ongoing Exhibit: Unique 1800's Ambulance

Ongoing

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.

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Ongoing Exhibit: The Arizona Cavalcade of History

Ongoing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

January 4, 9, 11, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 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

January 10, 15, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This special tour, administered by your guides Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin, explores the Spanish colonial archaeological site south of the Park.

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Walking Tours of Old Tubac

January 13, 27, 2018   10: a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Guided by Connie Stevens, you'll discover fascinating facts about the town's early adobe buildings and learn about Arizona's first European settlement.

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Booking Reading and Signing: Wild Road Home by Christina Nealson

January 13, 2018   2:00pm

Following five years on the road Christina Nealson faced an ultimatum: stop traveling or her marriage would end. She had hit her stride during those years, as writing and photography converged with her naturalist self and led her deep into the wild; she wasn’t about to go domestic. Wild Road Home is the story of a courageous unfolding...

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Teodoro 'Ted' Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Walt Michael

January 14, 2018   2:00 a.m.

The Presidio is fortunate to once again host the legendary Walt Michael, Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, live in concert, at the historic schoolhouse in Tubac Presidio Park. 

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Music and Presentation: The Splendid Music of Mexico

January 17, 2018   2:00 p.m.

The Tubac Presidio and the Border Community Alliance (BCA) will host Russ and Blyth Carpenter for a lively presentation of multi-media Mexican music you may not have encountered before.

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Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

January 20, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest and how it helped fuel the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California.

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The Law in Territorial Arizona - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter

January 20, 2018   2:00 p.m.

This is one of Jack’s favorite talks because it tells the story of how this land was acquired from the Mexicans. Learn about the Spanish law that came with it and is still with us today, and the early counties which included our lost county, Pah-Ute County, which is now that part of Nevada where Las Vegas is located.

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Teodoro 'Ted' Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Gertie Lopez & The T.O. Boyz

January 21, 2018   2:00 p.m.

Gertie and her band play “Waila” music which means “dance” in the Tohono O’odham language. Waila is a lively combination of polka, two step, cumbias, and mazurka.

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Presentation: John Ross Browne: Writer and Artist in the Frontier Southwest by Gil Storms

January 27, 2018   2:00 p.m.

John Ross Browne was funny, adventurous, and was the most popular travel writer in the United States in the mid-1800’s, especially well-known for his accounts of life in the frontier Southwest.

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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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