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THS 2019 Winter Newsletter

A message from THS President, Karen Wilson:

Season’s Greetings to our readers, members and supporters!  We are closing in on a New Year, which gives us pause to reflect on the (good) old one.  

2019 was a fast-paced year at The Tubac Historical Society.  Busy and devoted volunteers accomplished so much at our Brownell Research Center, from behind
the scenes improvements to our website, creating a more user-friendly research experience, deaccessioning materials not relative to our scope of work or our mission, to redesigning the library space with new bookshelves, a study table with chairs and new art storage cabinet.  The Oral History interviews are flying high.  We have many qualified active interviewers producing fascinating recordings.   If you know someone with deep Tubac or Santa Cruz River Valley ties, whose story should be told and preserved for future generations, you can submit a “Subject Nomination Form” (click here for form) and our committee will contact you for more details. We would love to hear from you!

We are pleased to announce that we had a 52% increase in research requests over 2018, and our average response time remains under 5 days.  We attribute the increase in requests to the lengthy effort to improve and update the website search terms, and to the addition of new materials to our online website.  Excellent progress against our strategic plan goal!

We hope you were able to attend and enjoy our Breakfast with History series.  Among them, ninety-five enraptured early morning diners were treated to Dan Judkins’ Breakfast with History presentation at the Geronimo room at Tubac Golf Resort in November.  Overheard: “Excellent!”  “Best historical presentation I’ve heard!”  We learned about ranches and old roads and trails of nearby areas, including just south of the Mexican border.
Our annual picnic at the Guevavi Ranch was a great success with white linens, fresh flowers and a hacienda tour provided by the owner.  A picnic perfect day, sunny with blue skies was provided from above.
The December presentation of the historical novel, The Bottom of the Bottle, a play adaptation reading at Abe’s Bar, was written and directed by Polly Schlitz.  Due to the popularity of our celebrity players, the first performance quickly sold out, and because of the generosity of these same players, a second performance was scheduled and also sold out.  Readers:  Ock Peterson, Michael O’Roarke, Polly Schlitz, Jason Winfield, Brenda Camou and Joseph Orozco. 
We are proud of our well-qualified super volunteers who make so much happen!  If you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities, please call 520 398-2020 or email  
Happy New Year to ALL!!!
Karen Wilson
January 2020 Annual Meeting:
The Tubac Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on January 17 at 9 a.m. in the main meeting room at the Tubac Community Center.  We will be showing a video of a THS speaker event about the development of the Tubac Golf Resort. The speaker in the film is Will Scott, the attorney for the original group of investors in the resort. Mindy Maddock, THS board president at the time, gives the introduction.  This talk was presented at one of our speaker programs five years ago and was so well received that we thought it would make an interesting presentation for our annual meeting. 

If you cannot attend the meeting, we ask that you send in your proxy declaration to the THS before our January 17th, 2020. meeting. Click here for a copy of the proxy. You can email this back to or mail a hard copy to The Tubac Historical Society, P.O. Box 3261, Tubac AZ 85646.  
Thank you to all of our members for your support over the past year. Your membership dues and donations make our work possible. We hope that you will continue to support The Tubac Historical Society so that we can continue our mission to preserve the history of Tubac and the Santa Cruz River Valley, and to share that history with the community. In the coming year we hope to collaborate with other community organizations, as we did with the Presidio’s Water/Way exhibit (video presentation of Oral Histories of flooding events in Tubac, soon to be posted to our website). Watch for exciting new projects to be introduced in 2020, including our documentation of the “Javelinas De Tubac Project”.
If you have not renewed your membership for 2020, or would like to make a donation, you may click here.
Annual memberships for 2020 are;

Single:      $25
Family:     $35
Business:  $50

Lifetime is $250 per individual
We hope you have a happy and safe Holiday Season!
2019 Tubac Historical Society Board members from left around the table:
Karen Wilson, Diane Brooks, Carolyn Fowler, Brenda Camou, John James, Nancy Valentine-Holub, Betsy Fearnow, Steve Gastellum, Andi Miritello.
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We hope you have enjoyed this edition of The Tubac Historical Society newsletter. You can find previous issues on our “information page” of our website. We welcome any suggestions for future editions!

The Tubac Historical Society’s Brownell Research Center, located at the Tubac Community Center, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We encourage you to come by and meet the volunteers who are diligently working on a variety of projects, helping to preserve our community’s rich history, click here for more information. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Karen Wilson at 520-398-2020.

To find out more about the work of the Tubac Historical Society we invite you to explore our website (click here) You will find the latest events, research, and information on the history of Tubac-Where Art and History Meet!

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