Arizona Statehood Day

    February 14, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Presidio San Agustin del Tucson
    196 North Court Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701



    State history is celebrated today with a variety of characters and costumes celebrating our rich history.  These characters will join our monthly living historians who demonstrate daily life in the Presidio.  Come walk through history with us on this special day. 

    Enjoy 19th century musical entertainment by the Spencer & Jackson Traveling Theatrical troupe. Lady Della’s Traveling Far Game (fry & buck the tiger), see an army saddle and a 1872 Springfield rifle. Their regular living history interpreters will demonstrate daily life skills including spinning & weaving, blacksmithing, soldiers firing muskets & cannon., 520-837-8119

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Listened to the very loud cannon blast at 12 noon today, and visited several tables to learn about cavalry life back in the 1800’s, a “doctor” from that time talk about the benefits of bleeding patients and how surgeries were done, and the gambling game of faro, with playing cards and chips.
      Lots of families and visitors at the Presidio today to learn all about 19th century Tucson. Happy Statehood Day.

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