Don’t forget to shop at the Presidio Gift Shop!
Inside our Visitor Center is a great collection of scholarly historical accounts, along with fabulous gifts including an extensive collection of children’s toys, historical fiction, children’s and Southwest cook books, handmade dolls and carvings, nativity scenes, cards and more.
If you are shopping on-line at Amazon you can support the Presidio by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Tubac Presidio. Go on-line and enter the Presidio code: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2133238
Events at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park – April 2018
Note: Please call ahead for reservations for concerts, tours, & presentations
Shaw D. Kinsley Gallery Art Exhibit – Now through Sunday, April 29, 9 am – 5 pm
In collaboration with the Tubac Center for the Arts, the Presidio displays its first fine art exhibit in the Shaw D. Kinsley Gallery in Otero Hall, in celebration of Santa Gertrudis Day and St. Ann’s Church. The fabulous pieces in the show are the creations of local artists and all are for sale. Congratulations to Best of Show artist Jess Drake, Award of Excellence artist John Marbury, and Award of Merit artist Kathleen Holming. The show will be on display through Sunday, April 29. Do not miss this wonderful pairing of art and history! Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Attention all Bookworms!! The Tubac Gift Shop is here for you!
Love of Reading month may be over, but the Presidio has the best selection of books in Tubac!
Our topics include southwest fiction, history, memoirs, field guides, food, gardening, birding, plants, astronomy, archaeology, children books and much more. Do not forget to visit for all your bookish needs!
Walking Tour of Old Tubac – Saturday, April 7, 10 am – 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. Topics from early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, American pioneers, Apache attacks, kidnappings, and other exciting episodes are discussed. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 2 hours for the tour and wear walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20; reservations requested, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.
Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Sunday, April 8, 9 – 11 am
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. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign ‘An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors’ before entering. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes all day admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.
Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Thursday, April 19; Friday, April 20; Tuesday, April 24;
Wednesday, April 25; 11 am – 2 pm
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. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon
by Roger Naylor -Saturday, April 21, 2 pm
Roger’s latest book covers the remarkable life of two of the canyon’s most significant pioneers and legendary photographers. The Kolbs dangled from ropes, clung to sheer cliff walls by their fingertips, climbed virtually inaccessible summits, ran seemingly impassable white-water rapids, braved the elements, and ventured into unknown wilderness—all for the sake of a photo. Well, a photo and a thrill. Sometimes it was hard to tell which was more important. Don’t miss this informative and entertaining event! $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park.
Park Rx Day: Park-to-Park Hike, Sunday, April 29, 9 am – Noon
Enjoy Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Tumacácori National Historical Park, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and the free shuttle which runs until 1 pm. Start from either the Presidio or the Tumacácori Mission, and use the free shuttle back to your starting point. Participants who complete the route between Tumacácori and Tubac will also earn a free “I Hike For Health” pin. The four mile stretch of Anza Trail is mostly level and shady. Wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and carry water and snacks. For more information call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-377-5060, or visit the park website, at nps.gov/tuma. Free.
Major New Exhibit at the Presidio!
The newest 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. Many other figures in Tubac’s Territorial history arrived here on this type of vehicle because of its comfort and speed. Our ambulance was restored over thirteen months by Hanson Wheel and Wagon in Letcher, South Dakota and is the only known vehicle of its type on display anywhere in the world. Included with park admission, $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.
Art 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. Arizona Highways remembers this series as “among the magazine’s most remembered illustrations.” The giclée 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.