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February 2013 Events!




preswrdprsSouthern Arizona’s Historic Farms & Ranches – Saturday, February 2, 2pm

Travel writer Lili De Barbieri will discuss her new book “A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Historic Farms & Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats.” Our region’s historic guest ranches include Spain’s first mission in the continental U.S., a World War II prison camp, a boys’ boarding school, and a Butterfield Stagecoach stop. Intimately connected to Arizona’s land and legacy, these unparalleled retreats have hosted artists, movie stars, and politicians and continue to enrich our present-day communities by sharing their rich southwestern heritage, culture and cuisine. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park.


And on Tuesday, February 5, at 10:30 we will be offering a guided tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological site. If you haven’t yet taken this tour or want to share our rich archaeological heritage with visiting houseguests. Tour guide Phil Halpenny gives a superb interpretation of the area history based on his life as a professional hydrographer.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Tuesday, February 5, 10:30am

Special tour by local experts 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. Bring walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $7.50 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; call for reservations, 520-398-2252.


If you plan on coming to the Tubac Festival of the Arts, Arizona’s longest running arts festival,  next week from Wednesday to Sunday, be sure to tell the Rangers and parking guides that you want to park in the Presidio lot.

Tubac Festival of the Arts – February 6 -10, 10am-5pm

Southern Arizona’s longest running art festival! Festival visitors who park in the Tubac Presidio’s paid parking lot ($6 per car) will get an extra bonus – a pass for 1 free admission to tour the Park that day. The paved parking lot is conveniently located to Tubac village. Proceeds from the Presidio’s lot will benefit “Save the Presidio.”

Visit our online Gift Shop and check out the new items

When you purchase, all proceeds go directly to efforts to preserve this cultural treasure.


Grand Opening-Tubac Presidio Park online Gift Shop

     In January of this year, the Tubac Presidio Park began developing its online gift shop.  With the help of a local volunteer, we have been able to post over 1500 gift items for sale to a world-wide customer base.  The gift shop is hosted by Zazzle, the premier print-on-demand site, which offers a 100% guarantee on our merchandise, which is typically manufactured within 24 hours of order placement. Your purchases will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly to preserving the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.  Shopping online at the gift shop is a fun way to help ensure the future of this cultural treasure.

     Our Christmas cards, gift tags, gift bags, and gift items are unique and feature artwork donated by our contributing artists Roberta Rogers, Richard Lasley, and Alice Keene.  We also offer a selection of collectible Tubac Christmas items.

     These same artists, along with renowned western artist, William Ahrendt, have donated many beautiful artworks that you will find on canvas fine-art prints, postcards, and affordable posters.  Historical maps, photographs, and documents are also to be found on gifts as diverse as key rings, t-shirts, mugs, aprons, and cell phone cases.

     Join us on Facebook for sales going on now through the Christmas Season and, of course, our blog will keep you up to date on new products like ceramic tiles, trivets and gift boxes, which we will be adding over the coming weeks.  Sign up to receive the latest posts!

     We also offer 2012 calendars, spiral bound in three sizes, or on the backs of postcards for handy desk referencing.

      All items in the Tubac Presidio Park online gift shop can be customized and personalized by you to create a one-of-a-kind gift tailored specifically for anyone on your gift list.

     We look forward to your visit and we hope you find that perfect something for your special someone this holiday season.  Happy Holidays!

     For more information or for help customizing your gift items, please contact

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How to Add a Photo to ANY item in the Tubac Presidio Park Online Gift Shop


A number of our items in the Tubac Presidio Park online gift shop (hosted by Zazzle) are offered as a template.  A space is provided for you, the purchaser, to upload a photo from your computer and incorporate it into the design.  You have now co-created a one-of-a-kind item for purchase by you and no one else!  (Circled area in the illustration shows where to upload your photo.  Click ‘change’ and follow the prompt.)







It is also possible to add a photo to an item without the provided template.  This second illustration (left) shows a greeting card which offers a text template but no photo template.  To add a photo, click the orange  ‘Customize it’ button visible below the picture of the card itself. You will now be on the customization page for this greeting card (3rd illustration below).  

Let’s say you would like to add a photo to an inside page of this card picturing the intended recipient of this birthday card.  Click the ‘view’ of this page shown in the row of images below the large picture of the greeting card. It will be the page view that contains the text ‘Happy Birthday” and circled in white in illustration below. 






Now (illustration below) you will see the ‘Happy Birthday’ page shown in the main image area in place of the front of the card which features artwork. ( Whatever you see in any particular view is exactly what will be printed on the product when you click ‘Add to Cart”, so be sure you like what you see when you are done with any customizing you do on a product.)  Now you are ready to click the white ‘Add images’ button below ‘customize it’ (circled in gray in the 4th illustration to the left).  The fifth illustration shows what pops up on the screen.  Follow the instructions.  Illustration number 6 shows your photo on the page.  We must now size and position the photo and customize the text so that everything looks good.


  Using the tools labeled in illustration 7 (below), we can move the photograph or text; we can increase or decrease the size of the photograph or text; we can change the font or color of the text.  Experiment with these tolls until you like the result, which in this case, is shown in illustration 8 (last illustration).





The final product is a custom Greeting card with beautiful artwork on the front and a very personal greeting on the inside.  Choose the number of copies you wish to order and click ‘Add to Cart’ and you are finished!  Fun to do and sure to please, customization is what put Zazzle on the map.  The Tubac Presidio Gift Shop is hosted by Zazzle, thus enabling us to offer these same tools to our customers and supporters.

 Stuck, Confused, or Unhappy with your Progress?

 Click the Tubac Presidio Park banner at the top of the page and you will be returned to the home page, where you may begin again. For answers to your questions, feel free to contact our designer at where you will receive timely assistance.  Also, check out the Zazzle Guarantee, which ensures your satisfaction or your money back.


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Zazzle Marketplace

What is Zazzle Black?

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     Similar to Amazon Prime, Zazzle Black allows our customers to make purchases without the high shipping costs that we have all experienced.  I am very excited about Zazzle Black because it neutralizes one of the main reasons shopping online is sometimes considered impractical.

     Previously, Zazzle offered free economy shipping on orders over $50.oo as long as no other discount or sale code had been used.  With Zazzle Black, you may take advantage of sales and discounts and still receive free shipping, and the shipping method is standard rather than the slower, untrackable economy class shipping.

    A great deal for $9.95 per year, with a 30 day free trial thrown in!  At that price, Zazzle Black has paid for itself on your second order.  An upgrade to 2nd day shipping is available also for $39.95.

   Check it out-this is a wonderful offering from our online partner, Zazzle, Inc.


Free Shipping.

  • No minimums.
  • Ships anywhere in the US.

The Zazzle Black program is an exclusive membership program that gives you FREE standard shipping or 2-day shipping to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii, and exclusive discounts on Zazzle products.



Zazzle Black


  • One year of unlimited FREE standard shipping on all orders for qualifying products to the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Access to exclusive sales and discounts.
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Zazzle Black


  • One year of unlimited FREE 2-day shipping on all qualifying orders.
  • One year of unlimited FREE standard shipping on all orders for qualifying products to the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Access to exclusive sales and discounts.


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Try Zazzle Black for free! Sign up for a 30-day free trial and enjoy FREE standard shipping on any order you place for a 30-day period. Sign up now and your trial starts instantly!


Want it faster? Get more from Zazzle Black 2-Day!

Get MORE Zazzle Black with FREE 2-day shipping! For just $39.95 annually, enjoy FREE 2-day shipping on all qualifying orders for products except KEDS shoes and the same privileges of Zazzle Black Standard. Sign up today!



What types of shipping do I get with Zazzle Black?

For $9.95 annually, you get free standard shipping with tracking to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. For $39.95 annually, you get free 2-day shipping with tracking to any qualifying address in the U.S. (excluding its territories) and free standard shipping to any address in the U.S (excluding its territories).


How do I get free 2-day shipping?

Free 2-day shipping is available for just $39.95 annually with Zazzle Black 2-Day. Sign up here!


If I sign up for Zazzle Black 2-Day after Zazzle Black Standard do I get a discount?

Absolutely! If you’re already a Zazzle Black Standard member, you will receive a $9.95 discount on your first year of Zazzle Black 2-Day at any time prior to expiration of your membership. Sign up now for Zazzle Black 2-Day!


What addresses are eligible for Zazzle Black shipping?

Free standard shipping can be used for addresses in the continental U.S., PO boxes, APO/FPO addresses with U.S. zip codes, Alaska, and Hawaii. Free 2-day shipping can be used for addresses in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. Free 2-day shipping does not ship to PO boxes or APO/FPO addresses and does not apply to orders for Keds shoes.


How do I start my free trial?

Starting your free trial is easy! Go here to learn how to enroll into the Zazzle Black program in just a few minutes. You’ll need your credit card, but you will not be charged for your free trial. When your free trial comes to end, we’ll enroll you in your first year of Zazzle Black standard membership for $9.95 annually. If you do not wish to enroll in the Zazzle Black program after your free trial, you can let us know by opting out on your Zazzle Black program management page at any time prior to expiration of the free trial, and you will not be charged.


What Zazzle products qualify for the Zazzle Black program?

All products offered on the website by Zazzle today qualify for free standard shipping. Keds Shoes do not qualify for free 2-day shipping.


How does the automatic renewal work?

Once you’ve enrolled in Zazzle Black, your account is setup to automatically renew at the end of each year by charging the credit card you provided. To see your renewal date, change your credit card on file, or disable automatic renewal visit the Zazzle Black program management in your account.


Can I share my Zazzle Black benefits?

At this time, you cannot share your Zazzle Black program benefits across multiple accounts.


What happens if I get charged for shipping?

If you believe that you were erroneously charged for shipping, please contact Zazzle Customer Support with your shipping and order information, and we’ll work quickly to resolve the issue!


Can I turn off automatic renewal?

Absolutely. Visit the Zazzle Black program management page in your account and click the “do not renew” check box. This will allow you to have Zazzle Black for the remainder of your annual membership but will not charge you for the next renewal cycle.


How do I cancel my account?

To cancel your Zazzle Black program membership, visit the Zazzle Black program management in your account and click the “do not renew” button. Your membership will no longer auto-renew, but you will continue to enjoy benefits through the term of your membership. We do not offer refunds for cancelling the Zazzle Black program prior to the end of the current term.


Does Zazzle Black work on international shipments?

No. At this time the Zazzle Black program benefits do not include international shipments.


I’m a reseller; can I use Zazzle Black to ship my packages?

The Zazzle Black program is intended to be a personal shipping program. The Zazzle Black program may not be used to distribute products for resale or to be used to ship products to your customers or potential customers. Zazzle reserves the right to terminate membership in the Zazzle Black program for any accounts that Zazzle determines has violated this policy. In such case, Zazzle will not be required to refund any portion of the membership fee and will be entitled to recover shipping charges for orders that violated this policy.


Can I enroll into the Zazzle Black program using a Zazzle Gift Certificate?

No. You may only enroll in the Zazzle Black program using a valid credit card or Paypal account.


* Terms and conditions apply. Orders for certain products and orders shipping to PO Boxes and APO/FPO addresses do not qualify for two-day shipping.

Take a look at some of Tubac Presidio Park’s online products and gifts!

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NEW! Custom Laptop, MP3, iPod,Cell Phone Doodle Portable Speaker from OrigAudio

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Completely Customizable

Now available in the Tubac Presidio Park on-line Gift Shop, the Doodle is the first ever portable speaker customized with art, photos, and text. We offer a number of designs featuring artwork by our contributing artists, Alice Keene, Roberta Rogers and Richard Lasley as well as historical maps and photographs.  Once you choose a design, your Doodle is vibrantly printed in full color to make the perfect custom speaker. (Design is more vivid than shown in the product pictures.)

Universal Compatibility

The Doodle features a 3.5 mm. headphone jack input that is compatible with any standard music device. Simply plug the Doodle speaker into your iPod, laptop, iPhone, cell phone or any other device for instant sound.

Ultra Portable

Lightweight and small enough for a jacket pocket, the Doodle is perfect for vacations, events, parties, and more. The Doodle can be powered through a USB cord (included) for endless playback or by two AAA batteries for 8-9 hours of listening enjoyment.

Your Photo or Artwork

Submit your favorite photo or artwork for placement on a Doodle speaker and purchase from the gift shop for $39.95 (plus $6.49 S&H).  All proceeds from your purchase help preserve the Tubac Presidio Park and you will receive a one-of-a-kind Doodle speaker for yourself or to give as a special gift.  Contact us at and include an image at a resolution of at least 150 dpi with any special instructions for text or filler color.  Please write DOODLE in the subject line to differentiate your email from spam.  Design will be available within 24 hours and a link will be provided that will take you directly to your custom Doodle Speaker.  No obligation to buy, no hidden fees and you are free to suggest changes until you are completely satisfied.

How does the Doodle Speaker sound?

Click video below for an independent review.

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Tubac Presidio Park Now on Facebook

     Three ways to follow us on Facebook.  1. Our Merch Facebook-a great place to see new products  and receive great deals on items in our on-line Gift Shop.  2. Our official Tubac Presidio page-a great place to check out happenings and upcoming events. 3. ‘Friend’ us-a great way to follow our posts of beautiful  desert photos, southwest art, interesting articles on a multitude of subjects, and maybe a little humor. We invite you to ‘like’ and ‘friend’ us.  Doing so not only keeps us motivated to continue working hard, but also helps our placement in searches, thereby helping sales.  Thsnk you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tubac Presidio 2014 Calendar
Tubac Presidio 2014 Calendar by PresidioPark
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Our newest item for sale at the Tubac Presidio Park On-line Gift Shop is our 2014  Calendar.  Some of our favorite photos and artworks are showcased.  It comes in three sizes, making it very affordable, and, of course, all proceeds go directly to preserving the Tubac Presidio Park!

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Arizona’s Tubac Presidio Park-Where History Lives!

The Park

The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is Arizona’s first state park and is situated on the grounds of the state’s oldest European community.  Visit the underground exhibit of the Presidio ruins, tour the museum, see Arizona’s first printing press or visit the furnished 1885 schoolhouse. The schoolhouse, Otero Hall and Rojas House are all on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Anza Trailhead and a picnic grounds are also featured.

The History

The church and the military were the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout Mexico.  The Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, established missions in Pimeria Alta (part of which is southern Arizona) from 1687 to 1711 to convert and control Indians in the area. He established Tumacacori in 1691, and Tubac, then a small Pima village three miles to the north, became a mission, farm or visita.  Spaniards began to settle here during the 1730s, and eventually controlled the land and the lives of the Indians.

In 1751, Luis Oacpicagigua, a Pima chief stirred by many grievances, led a revolt which drove the Spaniards southward.  A military detachment was sent to the area, and peace was  reestablished within three months.

The Presidio (fort) de San Ignacio de Tubac was founded in 1752.  The fifty cavalrymen garrisoned at this remote outpost were to control the Pimas, to protect the frontier from Apaches and Seris, and to further explore the Southwest.

Juan Bautista de Anza II, the second commander of the presidio, organized two overland expeditions consisting of  240 colonists from the provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora (63 of whom were from Tubac), military personnel and 1000 head of cattle, horses and mules, which resulted in the founding of San Francisco in 1776.  When the military authorities moved the garrison from Tubac to Tucson, the settlers were unprotected from  the persistent threat of Apaches and soon left their lands.  In 1787, Spanish officers were once again posted at Tubac along with Indian soldiers.  Apache reservations were established and the government provided supplies in an effort to keep the peace.  In 1821, Mexico won independence from Spain and the new government lacked the funds necessary to continue supplying the Apaches, many of whom returned to a life of raiding .  Between the raids and the lure of California gold, the area was abandoned once again.

Tubac was included in the Gadsen Purchase of 1853, and was soon being resettled and developed by adventurers from the States as well as former landowners.  Charles D. Poston was instrumental in forming the Sonora Exploring and Mining Company, which acquired a printing press in 1859 which printed Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian.

Tubac’s population grew steadily until , in 1860, it was the largest town in Arizona.  The American Civil War, however, drained the region of troops and Tubac was deserted again.  The town never regained its earlier importance.


In 1974, archaeologists from the University of Arizona excavated portions or the presidio and was then backfilled as a preservation measure.  In 1976, a section was reexposed in an archaeological display enclosure where visitors can view the portions of the original foundation, walls, and plaza floor of the 1752 structure.


Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located amid art galleries, gift shops, clothing boutiques,  restaurants and the scenic beauty of Southern Arizona.  Visitors from around the world, as well as from all over the United States, come yearly to take in the mixture of historical charm and southwestern hospitality of this  fascinating place.

Take the Tubac Presidio Park Walking Tour

Enjoy the Park’s museum

See Arizona’s First Printing Press

Own a piece of history and help preserve this cultural treasure.  Visit the Tubac Presidio on-line Gift Shop and find postcards, t-shirts, stainless steel mugs, maps, historical photographs and more!  All proceeds from purchases go directly to the park and are greatly appreciated.

Donate your original drawing, photograph or art work by email ( giftshp@tubacpresidio,org ) and we will feature it on products in the gift shop.  You will be credited and your website promoted.  We could use anything from a nature snapshot to an artistic masterpiece.  This is a fun and painless way to help a worthy cause.  Thank you!

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Contributor’s Spotlight-Richard Lasley

     Richard Lasley, a native of Southern California, was encouraged at an early age to become an artist. After attending Ventura College and The Art Center School at Los Angeles for illustration and design, he worked as a freelance artist for many agencies in Los Angeles and New York, and was also a member of the Illustrator’s Club of L.A. Later, he was employed as a production illustrator for many feature movies in Hollywood, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg and other creative notables.  Now, we are fortunate to have Richard as a contributing artist for the Tubac Presidio Park Gift Shop.  Here are some of our favorite Richard Lasley designs on Presidio Park products. (Click on a picture to see details or to order.)  For more information about Richard Lasley or to see a gallery of his artwork, please visit his website.


Giant (9x4") Bookmark

Poster or Print with options for framing and alternate sizes

iPad case

iPhone 4 universal case

Stainless Steel White Travel Mug

Vinyl Customizable Binder

iPhone 3 case

Organic Grocery Tote Bag


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Contact us at to donate an original photograph, drawing, or art image.  You will be promoted on our blog!

Contributor’s Spotlight- Roberta Rogers

San Xavier Mission

We are delighted to have Roberta Rogers as a contributing artist for the Tubac Presidio Park on-line gift shop.

Roberta Rogers has been an Arizona resident since 1970, first in Flagstaff and now in Tubac.

She specializes in watercolor landscapes and buildings of the southwest. Her work is recognized by its sparkling color, attention to detail, and remarkable views of subject matter.

A third generation watercolorist, Ms. Rogers holds a Master’s Degree in Art from California State University at Fresno. She is a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Her work is found in private and corporate collections, and available in Arizona galleries

We spotlight some of our favorite items featuring her lovely work.  Click on a picture for details and how to purchase.  For more information about Roberta and her watercolors, please visit her website.

Tubac Historical Society postcard

Tubac, Arizona apron

Vintage Chevy keychain, luggage tag or gym bag ID

Ceramic Pots iPad case

I support Tubac Fine Arts white stainles steel travel mug

Tubac Recipe binder

Roberta Rogers organic grocery tote bag


 We encourage our readers to contribute a photo, drawing or painting for use on our site.  It’s easy and free!  Contact us at to find out how to email your contribution and for more information.  We could use anything from a nature snapshot to an artistic masterpiece.

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Contributor’s Spotlight-Alice Keene, Photographer

Saint Ann's Church

     Alice Keene is a local photographer in Tubac, Arizona and the owner of Keene Studios. We were delighted when she volunteered to be our first contributing artist.  Her surreal digitals lend themselves perfectly to the creation of unique items for the Tubac Presidio Park on-line Gift Shop.

     Ms. Keene is mostly self-taught and grew up in the northwest portion of  Washington State where, inspired by her beautiful surroundings, she first picked up a Brownie camera and began photographing the natural beauty of her childhood environment.

     The spotlight today is on products featuring her digital creations, all of which can be found in the on-line gift shop.

Country Store postcard

Pots and Ladders postcard

Virgin of Guadalupe bookmark 1x3"

Bull's Head bookplate

Tubac Corners USPS postage stamp (available in many denominations)

The Village mousepad

Alice Keene collector's organic grocery tote

Saint Ann's Church greeting card

St. Ann's and the Santa Ritas poster/print

    As you can see we offer a lovely assortment of  Alice Keene items and gifts.  Click on a picture to see a more detailed description or to purchase.  We appreciate Ms. Keene’s valuable contributions, the proceeds from which will help preserve the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

     We encourage our readers to contribute a photo, drawing or painting for use on our site.  It’s easy and free!  Contact us at to find out how to email your contribution and for more information.  We could use anything from a nature snapshot to an artistic masterpiece.

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