The lifeblood of the Presidio Museum in downtown Tucson is its volunteers and docents who provide most of the programming and tours at the museum. In an effort to attract new docents, the museum is holding a Docent training course this fall.
This extensive course will cover a variety of topics, including:
· The early people of the Tucson basin
· The history, geography, and people of the Spanish Presidio
· Basic Spanish military history and uniforms
· The Mexican Republic
· An introduction to interpretive kits
· How to know your audience
· Geography of the Presidio neighborhood, the Santa Cruz River, and Sentinel Peak (A Mountain)
The course is mainly for individuals who are excited about local history and who want to learn more and share that enthusiasm with Presidio Museum visitors. “Graduated” docents are expected to volunteer one weekday a week or one weekend each month. They must also fill out an application and commitment form when registering for the class. Several current Presidio Museum docents have also signed up for the course to continue their education. “History buffs” who are not interested in volunteering after the class may also attend if there is availability.
The course consists of four classes held from 9 am to 1 pm on the following Saturdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2.
Pricing is as follows:
· New Docents: $75, which includes a one-year membership at the Presidio Museum
· History Buffs Taking the Class for Personal Knowledge: $100
Pre-registration is required at https://tucsonpresidio.com/volunteering/.
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 $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-13, and free for children five and under and Presidio Museum members. 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.