Enjoy a movie night under the stars at the Presidio Museum on Nov. 6. Pre-movie activities with a Día de los Muertos theme will begin at 5 pm, and the movie Coco will begin at sundown. In this vibrant Disney/Pixar tale of family, fun and adventure, an aspiring young musician name Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There the charming trickster Hector becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family stories and traditions. Featuring Día de los Muertos celebrations, this movie reflects the culture of Tucson, Southern Arizona, and Mexico. Refreshments will be available for sale. Prices are $5 for non-members, $3 for Presidio Museum members, children 2 and under are free, and pre-registration is highly recommended at https://tucsonpresidio.com/calendar/movie-night-at-the-presidio-museum-coco/.
Continuing with the Día de los Muertos theme, ten altars have been on display since Wednesday, Oct. 27. The altars were created to honor family and friends who have passed from local families. In addition, the Presidio Museum erected altars that the community is encouraged to contribute to for veterans, pets and COVID-19 victims. Altars will be available for viewing during operating hours through Nov. 7.
Living History Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 am to 2 pm. This month, Living History Day will focus on Veterans Day, honoring a variety of soldiers that have served Arizona from New Spain to statehood (1775-1912) with demonstrations and presentation of military gear and weaponry.
In addition to themed activities, other opportunities for visitors include:
***interactive demonstrations of children’s games and weaving
***soldiers practicing their drills and firing the cannon
***watching and learning how the soldiers fire their muskets
***pumping the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge
This event is included with admission.
History in the Field Youth Workshops will focus on Early People this month. Workshops will be held Monday, Nov. 15, from 10 am to 12 pm and Monday, Nov. 22, from 4-6 pm. Participants will time travel back to 400 C.E. to experience the daily life of the Hohokam. They’ll also visit an excavated Early Agricultural period pit house and may engage in the following activities: using an atl-atl, using an early drill, and making a utilitarian basket or pot. Registration fees are $5 per person, and chaperones must register and attend with their children. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/history-in-the-field-youth-programs/
The Salon & Saloon Lecture Series continues this month with a lecture on the “Cultural History of the Pascua Yaqui” held via Zoom only on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 pm. Daniel Vega, Pascua Yaqui Tribal member and Director for the Department of Language and Culture, will share his perspective of the history and culture of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and how it unifies the Yaqui Nation today. The cost is $5 per Zoom link. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/calendar/lecture-cultural-history-of-the-pascqua-yaqui-presented-by-daniel-vega/ to receive the Zoom link.
Our November Turquoise Trail Guided Walking Tour will be held on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 am – 12:30 pm. Let one of our knowledgeable docents lead you on a walk along the 2.5-mile Turquoise Trail through Downtown Tucson to see historic buildings and hear stories that make Tucson’s history special. Registration is $15/member and $20/non-member. Pre-registration is highly recommended at https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/.
Family Adventure Fourth Saturday will focus on how Thanksgiving is celebrated by different cultures this month with various interactive activities. Ideal for 4–7-year-olds and their families, the event may include a tour of the Presidio Museum, colonial-period games, a story time and much more! The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 27. All activities are included with regular museum admission and will run from 10 am-1 pm.
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.