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Visit the archaeological remains of a pit house, walk along the original Presidio wall, and experience a 150 year old classic Sonoran Row house. Throughout the week, see short demonstrations such as the comparison of Old and New World foods, making dye from Cochineal, and others. Daily docent tours discuss life in the Santa Cruz Valley for early Native Americans, Presidio residents and Territorial Period settlers. The fusion of Spanish, Mexican, Native American and American cultures is highlighted in period foods, clothing, and tools. Monthly tours and programs are also available.
Endorsed by Tucson City of Gastronomy, the Presidio District Experience Tour includes stops at several locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients while hearing great stories of Tucson's history in historic locations. Visit TucsonPresidio.com for tour dates and times.
Children ages 4-8 are invited to visit the Museum and enjoy an experience designed just for them including a tour of the Museum, a demonstration of where cochineal comes from, (the red-dye that was an important trade commodity for early settlers), and a "daily life" hands-on activity, which could include pot gardening, laundry the "old fashioned way,” making clay bead bracelets, making wool bracelets, tortilla making, or colonial-period games.
Experience the day-to-day lives of soldiers and their families who lived in the Presidio in the late 1700s. Demonstrations include children’s games, candle making, weaving, and blacksmithing. Enjoy fresh baked bread and handmade tortillas. Soldiers practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. Interactive opportunities allow visitors to pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge, spin cotton and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets.
See how the blacksmith was a vital part of the Presidio community, making nails for construction projects, as well as tools and weapons that were necessary for survival. Visitors who would like to can assist our blacksmith by pumping the bellows of his fire.
Learn about the crops and bounty of the native Sonoran desert and about those plants and foodstuffs brought over from Europe.
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