What Is Living History

Living History Days

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.

Click here to watch Living History Day videos on our YouTube Channel.

Each Living History Day has a theme!  Make sure to return several times throughout the season to experience your favorite themes:

Jan. 12 from 10 am - 3 pm
Blacksmiths and the Trades of the Presidio
Learn about the various trades at the Presidio that kept the fort running
Feb. 9 from 10 am - 3 pm 
Statehood Celebration
Celebrating Arizona's journey from being a territory of New Spain to the 48th US state.
Sponsored by Arizona Heritage Tours
March 9 from 10 am - 3 pm
Columbian Exchange: Old and New World Foods
A focus on gardening and the foods that were being grown by the native people when the Spanish arrived and the foods the Spanish introduced to the area

April 13 from 10 am - 3 pm
Garrisons of the Frontier
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!


We can’t provide these experiences without the dedication of our volunteers. Join us! 
Learn about La Gente and The Presidio Garrison.