What Is Living History
The Presidio’s Living History program brings life inside the walls of the Presidio. Volunteer re-enactors provide a glimpse of what life truly was like back when the Santa Cruz river flowed, a myriad of cultures were impacting each other, and the Old Pueblo was just beginning.
Visitors to the Presidio San Agustín see soldiers at drill, blacksmiths, candle-makers, merchants and weavers. These volunteers interact with the public to demonstrate and teach about the challenges of daily life when there were no cell phones and no running water.
Each Living History Day has a theme! Make sure to return several times throughout the season to experience your favorite themes:
Catalonian volunteers, Dragoons and Presidio soldiers, the Mexican Army and the U.S. Cavalry. All of these were stationed in Tucson at different times. Learn about the technology, tools and daily duties of each of these soldiers. Kid friendly but lots of loud noises for tiny ones!