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Photographic Exhibition at the Presidio this Summer

QuienesWebQuienes Fuimos, Quienes Somos.  Who we were, Who we are.

A photographic collection

June 1-August 29


Who we were, Who we are presents the work of photographers Jorge Angulo, Carlos Licón , Juan Luis Fernández, Claudia Platt and Juan Casanova and their excursions in the diverse roads of Sonoran geography rescuing images of who we were and who we are.


This collection presents a mosaic of individuals and families of a great part of Sonoran municipalities. The evolutional record of working class, peasant and middle class families was captured in images reflecting not only the faces and personal features of ethnic diversity but also the variety of occupations and customs in our culture.


This work is a window allowing us to see the evolution of Sonoran families as the core of our society and to look into the role of photography as a record of the history of family.


The accompanying book (available only in Spanish) includes 115 historic and contemporary portraits. Two introductory essays by Jose Dr. Antonio Rodríguez and Dr. Ignacio Almada Bay offer a cohesive view to the collection, one offering information about photography and photographers in the period before and after the Mexican Revolution and other exploring the role of family networks in the History of Sonora.


This collection of family portraits offers a reaffirming view of who we were and a view into the intimate spaces of feelings, homes and relations of who we are, and we hope provides an opportunity to see more clearly into our future.


Planned as part of the local projects to celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence, we present a selection as an opportunity to look into the common realities of family life in the Sonoran Desert region. Enjoy it !


Poly Coronel Gándara

Instituto Sonorense de Cultura / Sonora Culture Institute

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This Sunday, March 26th…


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.”

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


The Siroccan Winds to Perform at the Tubac Presidio Park October 8th





















Who/What:                        The Siroccan Winds Concert at the 1885 Schoolhouse

When:       Saturday, October 8, 2011, 2pm      

Where:       Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac      

Tickets:       $15, includes admission to tour the Park

Contact:                        520-398-2252,



The Siroccan Winds Concert at the 1885 Schoolhouse

The Siroccan Winds, a wind quintet from Phoenix, will perform a special concert at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park on Saturday, October 8 at 2pm. The program is entitled “Escape From the Zoo” and will include a menagerie of classic and contemporary animal-inspired compositions by Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jenni Brandon and Anthony Plog.


Discover the unique sounds and timbres made by the instruments of a woodwind quintet in an informal setting at the 1885 Territorial Schoolhouse. The group features Maureen Baker on flute, Torrence Welch on oboe, Daniel Coombs on clarinet, Ben Yingst on bassoon, and Daniel Harvey on French horn.


Maureen Baker, flutist, is the Manager for Individual Giving at the Musical Instrument Museum.  Maureen has performed with numerous musical groups in New York City and with the Arizona Repertory Orchestra, San Tan Orchestra, Sustainable Symphony and Scottsdale Choral Artists.


Torrence Welch, PhD, oboist, has performed with numerous esteemed ensembles on various woodwind instruments. Dr. Welch was appointed second oboe of the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, and also performs on alto saxophone and oboe with the Arizona Wind Symphony and as the oboist of the Arcadia Wind Quintet.


Daniel Coombs, clarinetist, is a principal in the Gilbert Public Schools. He has played with a number of groups in Chicago and Arizona and is presently the principal clarinetist with the Chandler Symphony.


Ben Yingst studied several instruments before deciding to concentrate on the bassoon. He played in the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestras and gained further experience as a member of the Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts and currently teaches private bassoon lessons in the greater Phoenix area.


Donald Harvey, French horn, is currently a member of the Chandler Symphony, Scottsdale Arts Orchestra, Arizona Repertory Orchestra, Arcadia Woodwind Quintet, Siroccan Winds, and plays in various other small ensembles. 


Tickets for the concert are $15 and include admission to tour the Park. The Tubac Presidio is located at
1 Burruel Street in Tubac. For information and reservations, please call 520-398-2252 or visit                                 

We would love to see you there!

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