In honor of Tucson’s Veterans and the early settlers of Pima County and their families, the Arizona Historical Society is sponsoring The Tucson Mormon Heritage Festival, a free event open to the public.
Bette Richards, curator at the Fort Lowell Museum is the director of the event. She has enlisted the help of many volunteers, including Randy and Kathy Madsen to tell the story of the Mormon Battalion. Duane Bingham, will provide historical presentations of Binghampton. There will be food vendors and other booths and demonstrations including the history of the early Hispanic Mormons in the Tucson area; frontier activities for children, such as games, a kid’s rodeo and doll making; spinning and hand weaving; family history experts; a mining demonstration; and the Fort Lowell Museum will be open to the public.
The event will include music throughout the day, culminating at 2:00 PM with the traditional Veterans Day weekend performance by the 4th Cavalry Regimental Band. The re-enactors of the original 1884 band will be followed at 3:30 by a presentation by Ted Vogt, Director of the State of Arizona Department of Veterans Services who will honor Tucson’s Veterans. The Festival will conclude with the striking of the colors, the old 38 star flag representing the number of states at the time the Fort Lowell was in service.
The Festival is Saturday, November 9th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, at Ft. Lowell Park at 2900 N Craycroft Rd. in Tucson. ###