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Living History Day: Irish Culture at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
March 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm$5
The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum (Presidio Museum) will celebrate Irish culture in early Tucson (with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day) during its next Living History Day on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Hugo O’Connor, an Irish man who joined the Spanish army, founded Tucson in 1775. To celebrate our Irish heritage, local beer from Cooper Hop Ranch will be available for purchase, and visitors can enjoy tastings of Irish soda bread and Irish butter. Old World Irish tunes will be played by El Camino Real Ensemble, and these will be interspersed with Old World Spanish tunes. A lecture on how Hugo O’Connor came to be Tucson’s founder will be given at 11:15am and 1:45pm, and guided tours of the Presidio Museum will be held at 10:15am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm.
Living History Day visitors will also experience the day-to-day lives of soldiers and their families who lived in the Presidio in the late 1700s through interactive demonstrations of children’s games and weaving. Old and New World foods are compared and presented for attendees to learn more about the ways foods were grown, stored, and prepared in the original Presidio. Soldiers practice their drills and fire a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. Other interactive opportunities allow visitors to pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets.
Admission to Living History Days is included in the $5 admission to the Museum. Children ages 6-14 are $1 and children 5 and under and Presidio Trust members are free. Living History Days are held every second Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm each month from October through April.