Special Lecture: Soledad Jacome, a Territorial Tucson Seamstress and Mother
Presenter: Archaeologist and Presidio Museum Board Member Homer Thiel
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 pm
$5/person at the door, or register online by clicking here
Soledad Jacome arrived in Tucson from Sonora in the late 1850s and began a relationship that led to the birth of six daughters. After her common-law husband abandoned her in 1873, how did she cope with raising her four surviving daughters? Archaeological finds and historical documents play roles in revealing the life of this remarkable woman and help explain what life was like for women in Tucson during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
J. Homer Thiel, M.A., is Senior Project Director and Historical Archaeologist at Desert Archaeology, Inc where he has worked since 1992. His work has included locating the walls and corner tower of the original Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, preparing family histories of all residents of the fortress, and working on numerous other blocks in downtown Tucson.
During his career, he has analyzed over 500,000 artifacts and examined thousands of documents. Information gleaned from these sources has revealed the healthcare concerns, diet, ethnically linked purchasing patterns, and mortuary practices of historical residents of southern Arizona. He has been on the Board for many years serving in a variety of capacities including developing the TPT newsletter, planning the annual member meeting, and acting as recording secretary. Occasionally he appears as a Victorian gentleman for events.