“Tubac & the Santa Rita Mountains from the S.E. side” by Charles Schuchard, 1857.

Now over 50 years old, THS was conceived of in the fall of 1967 by concerned citizens who wanted to save the Old Tubac Schoolhouse, which had been built in 1885. At the 2017 Annual Meeting, John Cloninger said, “By organizing THS, its founders not only saved the schoolhouse, which is  now located on the grounds of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, but also established a viable historical society.”  THS was formally organized in 1967 and today continues to preserve and promote local and southwest history.

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THS Mission

The Tubac Historical Society’s mission is to provide leadership in promoting an understanding of local and southwest regional history through collecting, preserving, exhibiting, interpreting and disseminating that history to its membership as well as the general public.  This mission is supported through public educational programs, maintenance of collections, promoting preservation of historic sites and buildings and by partnering with other appropriate local and regional institutions.

Our Vision

THS will be a broad based institution that:

  • Fosters  an appreciation of the importance of historical materials and provides leadership in their preservation and public accessibility.
  • Encourages high standards in the research, documentation, preservation and interpretation of historical materials.
  • Supports the application of historical knowledge so as to enrich public understanding of  our community.

Tubac’s 5 Cultures  

Hohokam:        (300 B.C.)
Tohono O’odham, (Pima):      (400 A.D.)
Spanish:          Missionaries begin trading with the Pima as early as 1645, eventually leading to the establishment of the Presidio of San Ignacio de Tubac in 1752
Mexican:         Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821 bringing Tubac under the flag of Mexico.
American:       In 1853, with the Gadsden Purchase, Tubac becomes part of the United States.


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