Oral History Project:

The THS Oral History Project has a twofold mission. The first part of our mission is to preserve our archives of Oral Histories about Tubac’s history and the people who have lived here that were recorded using old technology and are in danger of deteriorating beyond the point of usefulness.

Thanks to a grant from the Shipley Foundation, THS has new equipment that will allow us to digitize our collection of cassette-taped interviews and save them to our computer hard drive.

The second part of our mission is to interview current residents of Tubac who are long time residents or who have contributed to our community in unique and significant ways. We have a number of volunteers who have attended workshops and training sessions on Oral History interviewing techniques who are eager to continue with our oral history interviews. THS is making this project a high priority

The Pennington-Cabot House” from 1868,
watercolor by Roberta Rogers.

Preserving Tubac’s Adobe Buildings:

Tubac has thirty-four buildings of significance in our National Historic District, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Buildings individually. Most of these are made of adobe and define the charming character of the Old Town. At THS we strive to bring attention to these treasures and to advocate for their preservation.

Accordingly, in an effort to educate the public, the Tubac Historical Society and the Lowe House Project offered a tour this year of a number of Tubac’s old adobe buildings. It was so successful, we plan to continue to offer tours to inspire appreciation for these historical significance places and to the lives and times of their occupants. Our next tour is scheduled for November 11, 2017. Visit our EVENTS page for details and to purchase tickets online.

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Tubac:

This free guide, available at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park & Museum, shows twenty sites of historic significance, nineteen of which are an easy walking distance of the Presidio.

Tubac Artist Files:

With help from other volunteers and a grant from the White Elephant Foundation, Nancy Valentine has put together am impressive collection of biographical files on over one hundred artists who have lived in Tubac. These volumes include the Early Artists who created Tubac’s Art Colony beginning in the 1940s.

Thistles,” Wax Resist Painting by Marion Valentine

New Book on Tubac:

Volunteer Patty Hilpert is working on a colorful new book which combines images such as maps, photos, paintings, prints from THS and other local collections with watercolor illustrations by prominent local artist, Roberta Rogers.

Funded by a grant from the White Elephant Foundation, the book’s focus is Tubac’s history, culture, and resources. Historic Tubac, Arizona will be available in the fall of 2017 from THS, the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Tubac Center of the Arts, and the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum.




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