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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum Holds January Living History Day 1/9/16

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum Holds January Living History Day

Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 am – 3 pm. 

The Presidio will come alive with demonstrations of children’s games, candle making, storytelling and fresh baked bread to sample. Soldiers will practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of the cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. Visitors will have the opportunity to churn butter, pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets. Living History volunteers come from all walks of life, including medical doctors, law enforcement, banking, engineers and archaeologists, like Homer Thiel, Presidio Trust president. “Volunteering at the Presidio Museum allows me to bring the past to life,” he said. These volunteers can be made available for interviews about why they participate and how it enhances their lives as well as the Tucson community. 

Admission to Living History Days is included in the $3 museum admission price. Children 14 and under and Presidio Trust Members get in free. Living History Days are held every second Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm each month from October through April. The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio. The Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Docent tours give visitors a glimpse of what life in the Presidio was like for soldiers and other residents. Additional highlights include a 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a prehistoric pit house. The Presidio Museum is managed by the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, a not-for-profit entity whose mission is to guide and aid in the interpretation of history at the Presidio San Agustín through research, education and living history experiences.

196 N. Court Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 520-837-8119 TucsonPresidio.com

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