Coming Events in March 2013
Guided tour of the “Old Town” section of Tubac with Alice Keene. Explore the original adobe buildings and discover the rich heritage of Arizona’s first European settlement. Learn about early Native American inhabitants, Spanish explorers, mining booms, Apache attacks, kidnappings, duels and other episodes in Tubac’s colorful past. Meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. Allow 1-1/2 hours for the tour and bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 20 people; reservations encouraged. Call 398-2252.
Saturday, March 2. Archaeology of the Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate – Saturday, March 2, 2pm
In 1776, the government of New Spain created a series of frontier presidios along its northern frontier—three are in Arizona. Archaeologist Deni Seymour, Ph.D. has spent years doing field research at what remains of one of these sites at Santa Cruz de Terrenate, located on the San Pedro River near Sierra Vista. This is the best preserved of all the Spanish period presidios in the Southwest. Join Dr. Seymour for a discussion of the history of this adobe fortress, information about recent archaeological investigations, and revisions to interpretations based on work carried out by Charles Di Peso over 50 years ago. New findings include 240 year old foot prints, information relevant to the location of the Sobaipuri sites of Quiburi and Santa Cruz, and insights into hygiene, population, and status. $7.50 adult, $4.50 youth 7-13, children free. Reservations encouraged. Call 398-2252.
Sunday, March 3. Anniversary of “The Weekly Arizonian” – Sunday, March 3, 10am-4pm
A celebration of the anniversary of Arizona’s first newspaper, which was printed in Tubac on March 3, 1859. The original 1858 Washington Hand Press that printed the newspaper is still in operation at the Tubac Presidio. Professional printer James Pagels and his wife Elizabeth will demonstrate the hand press in operation, talk about the history of the press, and print a commemorative edition of the first issue of the Arizonian. Western history writer Jane Eppinga will give a presentation on the history of the two printing presses in Tubac and Tombstone at 2pm in the 1885 Schoolhouse. $5 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.