We had the good fortune of connecting with FOTTPAM Friends Of The Tubac Presidio And Museum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi FOTTPAM, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
The Friends of The Tubac Presidio and Museum is responsible for curating historically accurate educational experiences for the general public. As a 100% donation based non-profit, we are responsible for collaborating with volunteers, donors, local businesses, tribal leaders, historians, educators, archeologists, artists and curious minds from all over the world to deliver the most accurate information in an immersive experience through our culturally rich museum grounds. Holding the remains of the 1752 Presidio, our Park is a vital piece of history that acts as a portal for the public to explore the history of Arizona, and ultimately the trail to San Francisco. By preserving this piece of history, we are able to continue educating generations to come with an engaging hands-on experience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Tubac Presidio and Museum marks the grounds of the first established Presidio of Arizona! It is also the location where Arizona’s first press publications were established and still hosts printing press demonstrations! Amongst a plethora of other historically rich facts, these grounds are home to; an original school house that was built in 1885, an underground exhibit that holds both Native and Spanish artifacts, hands on exhibits throughout the museum grounds with authentic “ways of life” tools and other historical representations that you are encouraged to interact with, an art gallery, the original Rojas house with a partially remaining adobe tack house, as well as over half a dozen gardens with over an acre of picnic area! We also pride ourselves on our hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) educational Junior Ranger Programs where kids from all over can explore our park with close to a dozen activities to keep them engaged while they learn about Arizona’s history! We are passionate about what we do and love to get the public excited to learn!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Our humble village where art meets history would keep guests entertained for well over a week! Our park alone could keep you busy for an entire weekend! We also have countless art galleries and shopping with some of the most beautiful pottery and heritage art that is either locally made or straight from Mexico. Our village is immersive with bright colors and bold store fronts. There’s ranches with horseback riding, historical hiking trails alongside the historical Anza Trails, museums, galleries, and a restaurant for just about every mood. There’s also a luxurious golf and spa resort within walking distance, The Historical Lowe House, St. Anns Church and The School of Art, which each holds it’s own historical significance. This unassuming village will leave a monumental mark in your memories!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our entire operation is solely thanks to our countless volunteers. Each and every one of them brings their own unique magic and the entire park is maintained by those same treasured volunteers. As a non-profit we would not be able to make it very far without our extensive list of generous donors, either. They see the vision and purpose for our existence and invest to keep us operational. To every single one of those donors we owe an immense debt of gratitude. We also owe many thanks to every single artist, small business owner, educator, historian or collaborating partner for their contributions to the success of our mission. Of course, our Board Members and Park Directors work tirelessly to create new opportunities to connect with the public while preserving a vital piece of history, so they too deserve recognition. Who can forget our visitors, though! Without their excitement and hunger to learn and connect with the areas rich art and history culture, we would be just a dusty lot with hidden treasures that no one knows the value of. So to every single person who has ever been involved with this hidden gem, Thank You!