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Print Journalism Celebrated Since 1859 at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park March 7

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park presents "Print Journalism Celebrated Since 1859" on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Historic Schoohouse.

The event honors Arizona's 150-year-old newspaper, The Arizonian, which is still being printed on the original hand press at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. There will also be speakers including Sami Hall from Library and Archives and Hollis Cook, former manager, at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

Sami Hall will talk about the Arizona Newspaper Project to digitize historic newspapers. The Library and Archives staff are digitizing Arizona newspapers from 1880-1922.  Although Library and Archives has just begun this project, they hope to have the papers digitized by 2012. Reporters will be able to search historic stories and compare what happened in years past to 100 years later.

This is a national program and other states are doing the same digitizing.   Readers will see why Arizona's inclusion in the Union took so long, the voices on either side of the debate and the complex process by which Statehood eventually occurred.

Other significant moments in Arizona's history will also be brought out for the public to see such as the Indian Wars,  the development of education and social institutions, border issues with Mexico, mining and other related labor, ethnic, economic and land-use issues, early years of the State's tourism industry, reclamation money for dams, irrigation and agricultural subsidies, etc.

Hollis Cook, former manager at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, will speak on the seven-year process it took to bring the historic Washington Hand Press back to its original glory.  The press had been used to crush ore in Tombstone and was found in a garage in the back of a house in the late 1970s.  It took State Parks staff and a very dedicated volunteer, many years to prepare an engineering plan and find all the parts to put it back together.

They traveled to the Smithsonian to enlist the help of other experts to learn how to repair the press.  This was the hand press that actually printed Arizona's first newspaper, The Arizonian, and today volunteers operate the press on weekends for visitors.  They print the first copy of the paper for the public.

For more information contact Tubac Presidio State Historic Park at (520) 398-2252. Park Entrance Fee is $3 per person for children and adults aged 14 & up. Youths aged 13 to 17 years of age will be charged $1 per person. There is no charge for children 12 years of age or younger. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at One Burruel Street in Tubac, Arizona. The park is located 45 miles south of Tucson on Interstate 19.

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website at azstateparks.com.

(Phoenix, Arizona - February 25, 2009) -

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