Explore Tucson’s history during the month of December through the following Presidio Museum events.

On Dec. 4, at 6:30 pm, Canadian western singer and songwriter Stewart MacDougall will perform in concert at the Presidio Museum.  MacDougall is best known for his work with k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, and Great Western Orchestra. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including the great Randy Travis. Peter North, Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine says “MacDougall is not only a gifted artist, but an exceptional craftsman. His pieces are lean, poetic and melodic.”

The show will open with local favorite Steff Kayser who offers unique and diverse performances with a soulful soaring voice and musical talents that delight the most discerning of audiences. The cost for the concert is $25, and pre-registration is highly suggested at https://tucsonpresidio.com/calendar/stewart-macdougall-concert/.


History in the Field Youth Workshops will focus on Archaeology this month. Workshops will be held Monday, Dec. 6, from 10 am to 12 pm and Monday, Dec. 20, from 4-6 pm. Participants will start with a visit to the Museum’s excavated Early Agricultural period pit house. They will learn about specific artifacts found in recent archaeological excavations of downtown Tucson. Attendees will then be provided field mapping supplies and can document what they find to figure out what was going on in that area.  This workshop is restricted to ages nine and older.  The cost is $5, and pre-registration is required for youth and their chaperones at https://tucsonpresidio.com/history-in-the-field-youth-programs/


The Presidio Museum’s Holiday Celebration is being held on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 3-7 pm and will feature holiday and traditional music by Tucson High School’s Mariachi Rayos del Sol beginning at 4 pm.  Attendees will also enjoy making ornaments, playing historic games, free tastings of posole and watching the night musket and cannon firings.  The Holiday Tavern will offer spiked champurrado and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic eggnog, and tamale dinners will be available for sale. This event is included with admission.


The Salon & Saloon Lecture Series features Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez with a bit of lecture and a bit of musical performance in his “Tucson Christmas, Culture and Music” presentation. Ramirez is an international concert artist, the Presidio’s “artist-in-residence” and “Tucson’s Official Troubadour.” He will present an exclusive program of songs and stories exploring Tucson's historical and current folk music repertoire. Ted will explore Tucson's traditional Christmas season and related topics, including a musical interpretation of Tucson folk music legend Lalo Guerrero and his Christmas classic “Pancho Claus.” The event will be presented at the Presidio Museum in person and via Zoom. Cost is $5 per person or per Zoom link.  Pre-registration is required to obtain the Zoom link information.  Go to https://tucsonpresidio.com/calendar/lecture-tucson-christmas-culture-and-music/ to register.


The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is located on the northeast corner of the original Presidio at 196 N. Court Ave. The Presidio Museum is a reconstruction of the original 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 an original 150-year-old Sonoran row house and a 2,000-year-old prehistoric pit house.  Living History Days are held on the second Saturday of the month from October through April to allow visitors to experience firsthand Tucson’s history. 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.