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THS 2019 Summer Newsletter

Greetings Tubac Historical Society members and friends! The temperature here in Tubac is hot giving us all the excuse to stay inside and work on the many exciting projects we are involved with here at the Brownell Research Center. We hope you enjoy this update!

Events Committee:

The final event of the season was held on April 24, 2019, at the newly opened Longhorn Grill restaurant. A sold-out crowd listened to Axel Holm give a fascinating presentation on the social history of Nogales in the early 20th Century. Pictures and personal stories from Axel gave the audience an inside view of the city’s interesting social life. A big thank you to the Longhorn Grill for giving the THS the opportunity to be the first group to be served at the newly renovated restaurant!


Collections Committee:
Betsy Fearnow reports that dramatic changes have been made to the search fields on our web site. Now when you search for something, the system returns a more precise list of the items you are searching for. We have also seen an increase in activity from researchers, including a number of out of state researchers.

The committee is also excited to report that over one hundred new items have been added to the THS collection, including books relevant to the scope of our mission, photographs, and a sample of a Harwood Steiger fabric printed here, in Tubac, in the 60’s or 70’s! Go to our online catalog and a “Keyword Search” on Harwood Steiger! You will be surprised at what you will find!

Oral History Committee:

The Oral History committee continues to work on adding to our oral history collection with several interviews in process. As part of the Smithsonian Water/ways exhibit, the committee is moving forward on their project, which will be showcased at the Presidio this fall.

Another committee project has been reviewing the digitized recordings of the many oral histories and THS speaker events originally recorded on cassette tapes starting in 1960’s and continuing through 2011. We have speaker Charley Fowler giving a talk on “the Santa Cruz River Then and Now” from 1979, (perfect for our Water/Ways research), as well as recordings of many important Tubac events, such as the dedication of the five flags at the entrance of Tubac on November 13, 1980, and a recording of a T.V. show about the 1980 Festival of the Arts. Our plan is to index these recordings in our PP5 catalogue and feature them in future newsletters. We will also have a “listening station” in the research center for anyone interested in listening to these interesting recordings.

And speaking of “Oral Histories” What do Susie Hesselbarth and Harwood Steiger have in common, besides being famous Tubac artisans? Read Susie’s Oral History conducted on May 6th, 1985 to find out! Come to the research center on a Thursday and ask to see the transcript of this recording! You will be surprised at what you will learn!

Other news:
New floor plan for the BRC:
Volunteers Diane Brooks, Betsy Fearnow, Mary Bingham, and Dimity Hammon submitted a proposal for a floor plan / new furniture for the Brownell Research Center.  The plan was approved by the board and thanks to the generous donations from some members, new furniture has been ordered. The most urgent need was to replace the rickety metal bookshelves with more substantial ones with lower shelves for our book/periodical collection.  The second priority is to purchase art storage for the many posters, paintings, and drawings.  The layout allows the creation of a listening station for visitors to listen to oral histories and speaker tapes. We will let you know when the new floor plan is in place.

Storage room clean up complete!
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the efforts of Betsy, Mary and Diane, the THS storeroom is completely cleared of clutter and has been reorganized so that everything stored there is easy to identify and to find. Thank you, Betsy, Mary, and Diane!

THS Website online Exhibit:
Have you seen our “online exhibit” In A Believer’s Graveyard? Dr. Allan Soffin was inspired to photograph various grave markers in the Tubac Cemetery and to compose a beautiful poem to go along with the pictures. The original exhibit was presented at the Tubac Center of the Arts. Pictured below are several volunteers with copies of the original photographs. Click here to visit the Online Exhibit.



We have plans for some exciting projects to be launched this fall and will be looking for volunteers to participate in these projects. Keep an eye open for more information!

That’s it for now! We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and we look forward to seeing you all in the fall!

Don’t forget to patronize our Business members!
Hal Empie Gallery, Peter and Ann Grover ann@theartistsdaughter.com
Tubac Trailer Tether, Dennis Kizerian
Tubac Old World Imports, Lincoln and Paula Wilson paula@thewildrose.us
Tubac Presidio State Park, Shannon Stone director@tubacpresidio.org

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.

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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