Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tucson's Presidio re-enactors to party like it's 1810

[Source: Teya Vitu, Tucson Citizen] -- Presidio life a la 1810 is coming back Saturday to the courtyard outside the Tucson Museum of Art. Presidio enthusiasts dressed in period attire doing chores of the day will demonstrate what Presidio life was like from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday through March in the courtyard of La Casa Cordova adjacent to the art museum, 140 N. Main Ave. The winter and spring living-history events are a warm-up for the group's move into the reconstructed El Presidio de Tucson at Court Avenue and Washington Street after it opens, likely in May.

The Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation put on weekly living history events at TMA until 2005, when the museum insisted it pay insurance. The trust stopped performing but now is back to get ready for the Presidio's opening, said Sybil Needham, the trust's second vice president. About 10 trust members will be making tortillas, weaving and standing guard. "I'll be wearing a peasant dress and a shawl - homespun stuff," Needham said. "I'm a posole maker."