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THS 2019 Spring Newsletter

Happy Spring to all members of The Tubac Historical Society!!!
Although the weather has been cool, THS has been heated up with activity. We hope you enjoy our 2019 first quarter newsletter.
Our annual meeting was held on January 14th, 2019, at the Tubac Community Center. The treasurer’s report, given by John James, shows the THS to be on firm financial ground, thanks to a combination of generous donations from our members, event and book sales, grants, and of course membership dues. President Karen Wilson noted this will allow THS to consider future projects that will “further our mission of educating the public and preserving the history of Tubac and the Santa Cruz River Valley”. These include a genealogy project with the intent of putting genealogical data on our on-line catalog, educational events, a listening station in the BRC research center to make it easier to share our extensive collection of oral histories, speaker events, etc., and enriching our collections of books, oral histories, and archival material.

Karen also gave special recognition to volunteers Lynn Reed, Patty Hilpert, John Cloninger, Polly Schlitz, Bob Clancy, Tom Labruna, and Andi Miritello for the work they put into special projects during the past year.

The “Volunteer of the Year” award went to Betsy Fearnow, for the countless hours she put into updating our PP5 catalog and her work on the Collections Committee. The fruits of her labor are already being seen in the increase of the number of successful searches in our online catalog, and the re-organization of the BRC library.

Mary Dahl, Chair of the Nominating Committee, reported that four board members whose terms were expiring had agreed to run again and all four were reelected by the members present. Members re-elected were Karen Wilson, Steve Gastellum, John James and Andrea Miritello.
After the meeting, everyone was invited back to the Brownell Research Center for a tour of our reorganized space, a first look at our book sale, and coffee and pastries.

Community Out Reach:
A big part of our “Strategic Plan” goals for 2019 is to create more awareness of the Tubac Historical Society in the Tubac community. We are happy to report that presentations given to the Santa Cruz Valley Citizen’s Council and the Rotary Club of Tubac were met with rave reviews, and generated new memberships and donations. Andi Miritello and Betsy Fearnow teamed up to explain THS’s mission, who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Andi created enthusiasm and interest by showing items collected in the BRC, including a rare book that is part of the Will Roger’s Jr collection and Betsy demonstrated our online catalog capabilities. We are deeply grateful to these Tubac organizations for giving us these opportunities.

Oral History Committee:
We are pleased to announce that thanks to our energetic interview teams of John Cloninger and Karen Woodford, and Gwen Griffin and Mary Dunham, five more oral histories have been added to our collection: Margaret Yabarra Gallego, Rojean Garrett, Lee Blackwell, Armida Castro and Joe Solares. We would like to thank these wonderful people for agreeing to share their unique stories with us, and for helping us to preserve the special history of Tubac.
We are also pleased to announce that our “Water Ways” committee, Kathleen Vandervoet, Diane Brooks, Brenda Camou and Steve Gastellum, have made significant progress on their project of the story of the flooding of the Santa Cruz River and how it affected Tubac over the years. Using both old and new oral history interviews, and other material gathered from the BRC, they are creating a video that will be shown at the Tubac Presidio during the Smithsonian Water Ways exhibit in the fall. Stay tuned for more details!

Coffee anyone? 
Did you happen to spot members of the Tubac Historical Society over at the P.O.T. offering free cups of coffee? The P.O.T. or “Post Office of Tubac” was an inspiration of John Cloninger’s that came to him after conducting an oral history interview with Lee Blackwell. In his oral history, Lee reminisced about the days when the Tubac Post Office was located near the front of town, next to the local “deli”. People would get their mail and hang out, drink coffee, and visit with friends, a real gathering grounds for the locals. John loved this idea and he thought it would make a great way to generate interest for the THS’s post office ticket sales for our annual picnic. John, being John, then did extensive research on Tubac’s “Post office History” and offered copies of that history to all who stopped by for a cup of coffee (click here for a pdf doc “Brief History of Tubac Post Office”). We would like to thank everyone who stopped by for a cup of coffee and a chat. We also offer a special thanks to Margaret Holland for providing the coffee and the coffee pot!

And speaking of the History of the Tubac Post Office:

“Postal Oddities” cartoon puts Tubac on the map!

“Ramon and His Burro Carry Mail in Historic Old Tubac” was the headline for an article written by Pat Gooder for the Arizona Daily Star for Feb. 21, 1941.The article came to the attention of J. B. Trapp who was a clerk for the Los Angeles post office. Trapp also wrote a weekly syndicated “Postal Oddities” cartoon which appeared in many papers around the nation. Gooder’s article was most likely the inspiration for the cartoon.
Ramon’s burro was named Kenyon Ella. She was a gift from Bill Allen owner of the Kenyon Dude Ranch in Tubac (note that books donated by the Kenyon Dude Ranch when it closed were the foundation for the Tubac Historical Society’s library). Gooder’s article noted that Ramon had been carrying the mail to and from the train for 20 years as of 1941.  He passed away September 29, 1946 at age 78.

Events Committee:
We are pleased to announce that our Annual Picnic, held at the historic Hacienda Corona de Guevavi Ranch, formerly known as “The Wingfield Ranch”, was a tremendous success! Over one hundred attendees enjoyed beautiful weather, tours of the hacienda, and a relaxing time with friends old and new. Our hostess, Nisa Talavera, and her family made us all feel at home. It was a special treat to have local historian Axel Holm and his sister, Corinne Holm Milton, join us for some interesting discussions. Corinne is the author of a book about Salvador Corona called “CORONA-Bullfighter & Artist”. Corona was the artist who painted the murals in the courtyard area of the hacienda. We are grateful to all who attended our picnic and helped to make it a big success!

Breakfast with History - April 24th

Join us for our upcoming Breakfast with History with featured speaker and historian, Axel Hom on the Social History of Nogales in the 20th Century. 
Wed., April 24th, 8:30 am at the Long Horn Grill in Amado. Members: $20, Nonmembers: $25.

Get Tickets!

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers!

Wednesday: Betsy Fearnow, Mary Bingham, and Dimity Hammon

Thursday: Barbara Espinosa, Grace Alegria, Brenda Camou, Carolyn Fowler, Mavis Dexheimer, Karen Wilson, Andi Miritello. And welcome new volunteer Nancy Nelson, who will be working with the Oral History committee!

We would like to be able to open the Brownell Research Center for additional days. If you would like to get involved, please contact Karen Wilson at 520-398-2020 for more information.


A special “Shout Out” to our business members:

Hal Empie Gallery, Peter and Ann Grover

Tubac Trailer Tether, Dennis Kizerian

Tubac Old World Imports, Lincoln and Paula Wilson

Tubac Presidio State Park, Shannon Stone

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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