We’ll celebrate several holidays at the Presidio Museum this month in addition to holding some traditional and new events and workshops. Please note that the museum will be closed on Nov. 28-29 for Thanksgiving.
Families will enjoy participating in our Calaveras and Craft Day, the culmination of the museum’s Día de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 8 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event includes the painting of paper Calavera (skull) masks and tinsmithing ornaments of Día de los Muertos patterns. Everyone who attends will also receive a sealed treat bag of individually-wrapped, store-bought candy to take home. Visitors are encouraged to arrive in Calavera face paint and/or costumes of any kind. While at the museum, attendees can also enjoy and leave mementos on our various altars for COVID-19 sufferers, pets, veterans, and Supervisor Richard Elias. Altars honoring various families are also on display. This is the last day the altars will be open to the public. This celebration is included in admission.
Another family favorite, Presidio Garrison Living History Second Saturdays will be held on Nov. 14 from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors will experience the life of a soldier through the activities of the Presidio Museum’s Garrison. Demonstrations will include musket fire and drills, and a display of weapons, ammunition, and supplies will be available. Presidio-era children’s games will also be available to play. Presidio Garrison Living History is held each second Saturday of the month October through April and is included with admission.
Family Adventure Fourth Saturdays will occur on Saturday, Nov.28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This monthly event is open to children of all ages but is ideal for 4-7-year-olds and their families. The event consists of a variety of activities, which could include a tour of the Presidio Museum, blacksmith demonstrations, colonial-period games, and much more! All activities are included with regular museum admission and will run from 10 am-2 pm.
Please note that this photo was taken prior to COVID-19
The Presidio Museum also offers the Salon and Saloon Lecture Series for adults. This month’s topic is “San Xavier District Tohono O’odham History,” presented by Austin Nuñez, Tohono O’odham San Xavier District chairman, who will discuss the history of the nation and its people. The lecture will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 pm. Nuñez is currently serving his ninth, four-year term, having served continuously since 1987. He presides over the district council, community meetings, and is CEO for the district’s governmental operations. Participants may attend the lecture in person at and pay their $5 fee at the Presidio Museum. Or, they may pay their $5 fee and register online to watch this lecture on ZOOM! Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Find the lecture on the November Calendar of Events at www.TucsonPresidio.com for registration information.
The Presidio Museum is taking the necessary precautions to keep our visitors and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required while visiting, and temperature checks and hand sanitizing are required before entering.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the Presidio Museum!
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