Active duty military personnel and their families can visit Tubac Presidio State Historic Park at no charge from now through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, as part of the park’s participation in the nationwide Blue Star Museums program.
“Given that Tubac Presidio State Historic Park showcases Arizona's very first military post, we are looking forward to sharing Tubac’s rich and wonderful history with our nation’s military personnel and their families," director Shaw Kinsley said on behalf of the all-volunteer staff of this community-run historic park and museum.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities that includes the participation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America.
“Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 2,000 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa.
“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” added Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, who called the program an “unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park preserves the site of the oldest Spanish presidio, or fort, in Arizona. Established in 1752, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was the first European settlement in what later became the state of Arizona.
The park features a museum, underground display of the presidio ruins, Arizona’s first printing press, temporary exhibits on various topics, a picnic area, and the Juan Bautista de Anza Trailhead. The furnished 1885 Territorial Schoolhouse, Otero Hall (1914) and Rojas House (1890) are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The park is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at TubacPresidioPark.com.