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September 11, 18, 25 and October 2
9 am – 1 pm
Venue: TBD - somewhere near the Presidio Museum. Must show proof of Covid vaccination to attend.

Ready to support your community? Love history and culture? Then we want you!

This training class is mainly for individuals who are excited about local history, want to learn more, and want to share their enthusiam with Presidio Museum visitors.  Docents decide for themselves which activities they participate in and have a variety of opportunities to get involved, including leading tours of the museum, participating in children’s programming, or becoming re-enactors during various Living History programs. 

However, "history buffs" who are not interested in volunteering after the class are also welcome if there is availability.  (See below). This extensive course provides historic detail, tour training and broad context.  "Graduated" docents and interpreters are expected to share their knowledge with the public and maintain a level of accuracy and quality as representatives of the Presidio Museum. This course will not be offered again until 2023. New volunteers will be asked to apply and fill out a commitment form.

Classes will cover

  • 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 neighborhood, the Santa Cruz and Sentinel Peak (A Mountain). 

This training is available for current and prospective volunteers. (Prospective volunteers must apply in advance.) Those wanting to expand their knowledge base without the commitment of volunteering afterwards are also welcome based on availability and with an altered fee structure.  (See below).



*Committed EXISTING volunteer and member  $25  
Must have minimum of 25 active recorded volunteer hours in the last 6 months (pre-Covid or more recently). If you are a current volunteer but not a current member we ask that you purchase a membership as well.

*Committed NEW Volunteer   $75
Prospective docent must submit an application and commitment form which will be provided. Fee includes a one-year Family Membership after three months of docenting. Commitment of one weekday a week or one weekend each month is required.

*For Personal Knowledge or Docents at Partner Museums   $100
Open to anyone interested in taking the class for their personal knowledge but not interested in docenting at the Presidio. This category is available for tourism professionals as well as for docents/volunteers at TMA, Mission Garden, AZHS, San Xavier and other partner museums.  These spots are limited, based on availability. 

September 11th, 2021 9:00 AM to October 2nd, 2021 1:00 PM
Tucson Museum of Art-Alice Baker Education Center
United States
Event Fee(s)
Committed EXISTING Volunteer and Current Member $25.00
Committed NEW Volunteer $35 fee + $40 non-refundable deposit $75.00
For Personal Knowledge/Docents at Partner Museums $100.00
Committed Student Volunteer $25 $25.00