The Buy-A-Brick Campaign is part of the Northwest Corner Reconstruction Project at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park (SBSHP). You can partner with SBSHP in this historic reconstruction effort by buying a brick, or two, or ten, for friends and family. Each adobe brick is handmade using original materials. Gifts of $100 and up will be honored with a certificate of recognition and all gifts to the campaign will be acknowledged in a record on display in the Presidio Visitor Center. To learn more about the Buy-A-Brick Campaign visit www.sbthp.org/brick.
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On Saturday and Sunday, October-December, and Wednesday through Sunday, from January-April, artisans at San Jose de Tumacacori demonstrate traditional crafts which may include such things as tortilla making, paper flower making, pottery, or O’odham basket weaving. These demonstrations take place on the mission grounds from10:00 AM to 4:00 Pm during the above noted months and days.
Daily guided tours of the Tumacacori Mission and grounds will take place during January through March, 2014 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. These Saturday tours, which begin at the visitor center garden, last approximately 45 minutes. The Anza Trail River Walks are scheduled during early 2014 on January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, and March 1, 15, and 29. These Saturday guided walks leave from the visitor center at 10:30 AM to the Santa Cruz River (1/2 mile round-trip), and take approximately one hour to complete. Although the walk is on a level, unpaved trail, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For information on these tours or to make reservations call 520-398-2341, ext. 0, or log onto www.nps.gov/tuma.
The mission ruins of Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi and San Cayetano de Calabazas, which are normally closed to the public, can be visited through special guided van and walking tours. The dates for upcoming tours in early 2014 are: January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, and March 8 and 22. These Saturday tours leave from the Tumacacori visitor center at 9:00 AM and return around 1:00 PM. The fee is $25 per person and require reservations. To make your reservation, log onto www.recreation.gov.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be featuring a lecture series by Jack Lasseter from December 2013 to April 2014. Of particular relevance to the Spanish Borderlands are lectures at the Tubac Presidio on “The Famous Juan Bautista de Anza Trips to California” and “The Columbian Exchange.” On January 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Lasseter will discuss Anza’s two famous trips during the 1770s when he guided Spanish colonists from Tubac to California, settling in present-day San Francisco. Learn about who these settlers were, why they went to California, and what they endured on the trip. On February 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM, you will hear from Lasseter why historical biologists believe that Columbus’s arrival to the New World in 1492 “was the most important event affecting humanity since the die-off of the large mammals at the end of the last Ice Age during the Pleistocene.” You don’t want to miss these lectures!
Begins Friday, December 27, 2013, at 8:00 am from Tumacácori Park Headquarters and travels south down the Santa Cruz River through Rio Rico to Highway 82 (Patagonia Highway) to Magdalena, Sonora. The first day’s ride is 17 miles and ends 4 days later at the Kino mausoleum in the town square in Magdalena de Kino.
Over 20 horseback riders from Arizona and Sonora will make a cabalgata (pilgrimage on horseback) commemorating one of Padre Kino’s many rides for justice. Sponsored by Por Los Caminos De Kino, the riders will follow the route of Padre Kino’s heroic ride that saved an innocent O’odham man from the death penalty. In less than 24 hours Padre Kino rode 75 miles from Tumacácori to San Ignacio to stop the dawn execution. This day and night ride was made after Padre Kino spent 8 long days and nights ministering to and traveling to the people through out the Tucson Valley including calling the Blue Shell Conference and beginning the foundations of the first church at San Xavier del Bac. For information on the history click, San Xavier Blue Shell Polzer (4 total pages) and San Xavier Blue Shell Lockwood. (For Kino’s Ride for Justice, see pages numbered 135 through 138; 9 total pages.)
Congratulations to the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation for receiving a recent $5,000 grant from the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC). These funds awarded by AHC will be used for the presidio’s “Friday at the Fort” program. During their October grant funding cycle, AHC awarded $67,500 in grants to support eleven projects that engage the general public with the humanities, including the Tucson Presidio Trust. You can be an advocate for the Arizona Humanities Council by telling your congressional representative you support the work of AHC!
The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) wants to thank those who spoke up for legislature to reauthorize the Arizona Historical Society for another 10 years! The Committee of Reference’s recommendation passed on November 4, 2013 with a 5-2 vote, with Reps. Borrelli, Coleman, Ugenti, Quezada, and Sen. Hobbs voting yes, and Senators Griffin and Ward voting no. This is not over yet, however. AHS will call upon its friends, members, and supporters again as a bill must still go through the legislative process during the 2014 session. Show your support for continuing to make history in Arizona!
SMRC is planning three tours in 2014! Sometime in March 2014, SMRC will have a one-day Saturday tour that will take participants from Tucson back across the border into Sonora, Mexico with visits to Imuris, San Ignacio, Magdalena, and Cocospera. This highly anticipated return to the missions in northern Mexico is sure to be a lot of fun!
The Northern New Mexico tour has been rescheduled for late April or early May of 2014. From Albuquerque, our expert guides will take participants to Zuni, El Morro, El Malpais, Acoma, and Laguna. You won’t want to miss this tour!
In October of 2014, SMRC will have their 3rd “Missions of the River” tour which will take guests to some of the missions along El Camino Real, including Socorro and Ysleta, and the presidio mission of San Elizario. Participants will also spend time in the historic Mesilla Valley and enjoy delicious New Mexico cuisine. Fall is a lovely time of the year to visit this area!
If you would like to help with the planning of these tours, you can contact Monica Young at email@example.com.
There is a preliminary call for papers for the 47th Conference on Historical & Underwater Archaeology, which is to be held in Quebec City, Canada, from January 8-12, 2014. Information is available on the website: http://www.sha2014.com/callforpapers.html.