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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.
Celebrating Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the Presidio District Gastronomy Tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson. Participants will learn from knowledgeable ethnobotanist guides and experience Tucson's complex food heritage and the fusion of Old and New World ingredients. You'll also hear great stories of Tucson's history in some of it's more historic locations.
At the Presidio, we believe that "living history" is the most entertaining and most impactful form of education for our young visitors - and their families! The program includes: • A tour of the Presidio grounds the Presidio barracks and original foundation wall, the millstone and the mural • A tinsmithing or blacksmithing activity • An interactive activity that incorporates a lesson about Tucson’s history and culture. • A story and a coloring activity that encourages children to express what they have learned. Attendees may arrive any time between 10 am and 1 pm to participate. This event is included with admission.
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.
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