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THS 2018 Winter Newsletter

Season’s Greetings to Members and Supporters of The Tubac Historical Society!!!

Thanks to volunteers, members, and donor support, we are wrapping up the most wonderous year of accomplishments, which you will read of in this last newsletter of the season.
The energy level is high, as we aim to provide the best possible professional experience for researchers locally and from all parts of the globe.  Onsite or online, we are prepared.
Come visit us soon.  We’ll enjoy giving you a tour of our collections.  You will be delighted and surprised. 
All Best Wishes for a Joyful Holiday and Most Wonderful New Year!!!

Karen Wilson
Board President

Important notice: The Tubac Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held on January 14th, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 A.M. at the Tubac Community Center. Following the meeting there will be an open house at the Brownell Research Center. We look forward to meeting with our members and sharing with you all the progress that has been made at the T.H.S in 2018!

Recap of an eventful and productive year:

Events: We have shared our fascinating local history with our community through the T.H.S “Breakfast with History series” (often sold out), the Annual Picnic in Calabasas in March, and by participating in community events such as the February Festival of the Arts, the Tubac Presidio 4th of July celebration, and Day of the Dead celebration. Our final event of the year, a presentation of the film “A Charles Poston Christmas”, starring the late Shaw Kinsley, at the Presidio Schoolhouse on December 5th, was sold out, capping off a very busy year!

Oral History Project has gained momentum under the leadership of Andi Miritello and an active committee of 10.  A great number of interviews and transcriptions are available for your research or reading pleasure at our Brownell Research Center.  If you would like to recommend someone to add to our list of potential interviewees, please give us a call.  (520-398-2020)


The Collections Management Committee through the leadership of Betsy Fearnow and Mary Bingham has deaccessioned approximately 700 books, which had no relevance to our mission, giving us much-needed space.  This was an effort of countless hours of work! Board member John James, retired Dartmouth librarian, and Patty Hilpert, a collections manager, serve on this committee.

We began helping with grounds maintenance at The Tubac Cemetery in October.  This is a PRIVATE cemetery, so we only work under the direction of the members of the Tubac Cemetery Preservation Board.


Dedicated Research Center Volunteers, who keep us open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday are:  Mary Bingham, Betsy Fearnow, Mavis Dexheimer, Grace Alegria, Barbara Espinosa, Brenda Camou, Dimity Hammon, and Carolyn Fowler.  PLEASE come by and we will give you a tour of our surprisingly interesting collections.

Country Fair White Elephant Grant Update: We are pleased to announce that on December 14th, 2018, The Tubac Historical Society was awarded a grant from the Country Fair White Elephant for purchasing storage equipment that will be used to safeguard our most valuable and rare research books.  We are grateful to the board of the Country Fair White Elephant for their support and will strive to use the award to further our mission.

60th anniversary of the Tubac Festival of the Arts: Volunteers are needed to staff our booth at the Tubac Festival of the Arts February 6th-10th, 2019. This will be the 60th anniversary of the Tubac “Arts Festival” and it is sure to be an exciting event! Volunteers will be asked to work shifts at our booth during the course of the event. Please call 520-398-2020 if you are interested in joining us.

2018 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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