October visitors to the Presidio will have a myriad of activities and events to choose from to get in the fall “spirit!”
Living History Day: Crime and Death in Arizona will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 am-2 pm. During the event, attendees have the opportunity to solve a murder mystery featuring the ghost La Llorona. Visitors will find clues around the Presidio Museum and with various re-enactors to solve the mystery of who or what is behind the mysterious deaths. In addition to this activity, the event will also include:
**The story of La Llorona told in the Zaguan plus a temporary exhibit on La Llorona in the south Gift Shop Exhibit Hall.
**Re-enactors telling the story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Wham Payroll Robbery
**Victorians & Death: a display on their traditions and customs
**A variety of demonstrations that may include blacksmithing, soldier drills and Presidio-era childrens’ games.
The event is included with admission.
Continuing with the theme of death, a seasonally-offered walking tour will be led by archaeologist and historian Homer Thiel. The Court Street Cemetery Walking Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, at both 10 am and 1 pm. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, revealing the area where approximately 8,000 people were buried between 1875 and 1909. When it was closed, about half were reinterred, but the other half were left in place. The tour will lead attendees through the cemetery, show them where bodies have been found and reveal the history of this forgotten place. The tour is $30 for non-members, and $20 for Presidio Museum members. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/.
The Public Art & Murals Tour is not new to the Presidio Museum, but the addition of wine tasting at the end is! The tour with wine tasting will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 pm, and at the end of the tour, attendees will enjoy a wine tasting of regional wines at the St. Cruz Restaurant and bar inside the new Leo Kent Hotel. The cost of the tour and wine tasting is $65 for non-members or $55 for Presidio Museum members. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/.
Thiel will also lead a Paper Flower & Crown-Making Workshop on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 10 am and 1 pm. Attendees will learn about the history of ofrendas and the role that paper crowns played in Tucson mortuary customs from historian and archaeologist Homer Thiel. During this workshop you will learn how to make paper flowers and create a paper crown suitable for wearing at the All Souls Procession. All materials will be provided. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for Presidio Museum members, and pre-registration is required. To register for the 10 am class, go to:
To register for the 1 pm class, go to:
Dia de los Muertos is a time to welcome back the souls of departed family and friends with ofrendas (altars) adorned with portraits, favorite foods, and games. To celebrate the holiday, the Presidio Museum will have a variety of ofrendas on display during operating hours from Oct. 25 through Nov. 5. Ofrendas presented by local families and organizations will be on display. The public may also contribute to ofrendas for veterans, Presidio Museum family and friends and pets. This event is included in admission. For more details, see https://tucsonpresidio.com/calendar/dia-de-los-muertos-ofrendas-on-display/.
The Beef, Wheat & Chiltepín: Sonora’s Culinary Heritage Workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 pm. Attendees will find out how the confluence of geography, environments, cultures, economics and religion shaped the culinary culture of the Sonoran Desert in this seminar with historian Alex La Pierre. Those who have ever wondered what makes Sonoran cuisine unique and what sets it apart in Mexican gastronomy, will get their answers in this workshop. Included alongside the program is a Sonoran ethnobotany workshop in the Presidio gardens. The workshop costs $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=515.
October’s Salon & Saloon Lecture is “A Stiff Drink and a Good Cigar – The Saloons of Territorial Tucson.” Western movies, TV shows and books portray saloons as places where drunk men had fights and where pretty barmaids charmed patrons. But what were the saloons of Tucson really like? Archaeologist and historian Homer Thiel’s research in newspapers and old photos tells a more complex story. Thiel will discuss his findings to unveil the real Western saloon atmosphere. The lecture will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 pm, at the LaCo Pub across the street from the Presidio Museum at 201 N. Court Ave. The cost of the lecture is $5/person at the door, or pre-registration is available at https://tucsonpresidio.com/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=513.
Our popular walking tours will continue this month. The cost is $30 for non-members and $20 for Presidio Museum members unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/walking-tours/.
Mainly Murals – Oct. 7, 8-10 am
Mansion of Main Ave. – Oct. 7, 9-11 am
Turquoise Trail – Oct. 14, 8-10:30 am
Walking the Wall of the Original Presidio – Oct. 19, 8-10 am
Santa Cruz River History – Oct. 27, 9-11 am ($35/non-member, $25/member includes admission to Mission Garden
Public Art & Murals (Standard Tour) – Oct. 28, 8-10 am
Public Art & Murals (With Wine Tasting) – Oct. 28, 1-4 pm ($65/non-member, $55/member includes wine tasting)
Court Street Cemetery – Oct. 29, 10-11:30 am AND 1-2:30 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. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-13 and free for children five and under and Presidio Museum members. Pima County residents, seniors 65+ and members of the military receive a $3 discount with ID. 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.