Western Heritage Summer Camp at Old Tucson

Old Tucson Western Heritage Summer Camp

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation will host a one-week specialty summer camp at Old Tucson the weeks of June 1-5, and June 8-12, and a one-day camp on June 15, 2015.  The camp will offer youth authentic, experiential, fun and educational programs on the people and cultures during the southern Arizona and northern Mexico Territorial period of 1850-1912.

The Foundation and Old Tucson are pleased to announce that Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks to the campers on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Campers from the Northwest and Jacob YMCAs and the Jewish Community Center will attend this unique specialty summer camp.  Working in partnership with representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Mexican community, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Buffalo Soldiers, Mormon Battalion, Tucson Jewish Community Center, African American community and others, the Foundation has created a multi-cultural experience for the campers aged 6-12.

Workshops will include discussion and hands-on activities related to the history and heritage of the cultures that have influenced the Arizona-Sonora region:  the Tohono O’odham; Mexican culture; Pioneers including European, Jewish and Mormon settlers; Chinese and African Americans.  Workshops also will discuss the origins, evolution of area industries such as farming and mining and their impacts on the region’s growth.  Additional activities include horseback rides and Old Tucson’s signature entertainment.

A special one-day session touching on these subjects will be held on Monday, June 15 for campers from the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization. The Foundation in cooperation with Old Tucson Company will expand Old Tucson into a multi-cultural Western heritage center.  With expertise and support from a community of partners including the University of Arizona, Pima County and local cultural organizations and groups, the center will provide interactive living history and educational programs that encourage a deeper appreciation for the complex history and diverse cultures of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Old Tucson is Southern Arizona’s premier film location and Hollywood’s most famous Western movie location recognized in over 300 feature films and TV Westerns.  For more information about Old Tucson, visit www.OldTucson.com/events or call (520) 883-0100. Old Tucson is located in Tucson Mountain Park at 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ.

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