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Special Exhibits

Historic Ranches of the Santa Cruz Valley

Now through April 30, 2023

Last year The Tubac Historical Society was delighted to collaborate with the Presidio to present an exhibit called


A History of Dude/Guest Ranches in Santa Cruz County.”

This year we are excited to return to the Presidio with the exhibit

“OUT ON THE RANCH: Historic Ranches of the Santa Cruz Valley”

which is about 10 historic working cattle ranches,

including several that began

as land grant ranches in the late 1700s through the 1800s.

Come see the fascinating history of these ranches as they evolved and survived through multiple owners.

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Blacksmith Exhibit 

Now through April 21, 2023

Totems and tree dangles, steel animals and plants – they are all part of the Botanical Blacksmiths exhibit on display in the historic gardens of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. The Presidio is hosting this celebration of outdoor art from now through April 21, 2023. The exhibit features over 40 pieces of outdoor ironwork including whimsical and thought provoking sculpture, botanical art, and functional pieces such as garden benches, birdbaths, and even a sundial. The work in the show was created by 12 Arizona blacksmiths who are all members of the Arizona Blacksmith Association (AABA). AABA was founded in 1981 as an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA). It has as its purpose the education and artistic development of its members in the ancient and honorable skills of metalworking.


The ironwork on display is available for purchase and can be taken before the end of the exhibit.

For more information about the exhibit or the Presidio, visit For more information about AABA, visit

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