Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation

Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is a public 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization located at Old Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park. Founded in 2014, we offer engaging educational programs about the people and cultures in the region from 1850-1912. Our programs are offered on-site, in schools, community centers and other locations throughout southern Arizona. We welcome the involvement of cultural and heritage organizations as well as groups and individuals from the arts, dance and music fields.


Interested in Being a Docent

Dawn Hawkins

Dawn came to Tucson last July from Akron, Ohio, where she was born and raised. She has one younger sister, who still lives in Akron. Before retiring, Dawn was a Program Manager Unix Division creating business software for the past 26 years. Excited about moving to a Tucson, with all its sunny days, Dawn saw an article about the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation’s (ASWHF) docents. She use to be a Civil War reenactor in Ohio and loved the idea of the being part of the authentic living history program that the ASWHF offered. She is thrilled to be connecting with her new home Arizona in such a “fun” way.

Come to Old Tucson to meet the widow Hawkins, due to a mining accident she lost her husband and relies on her three sons to take care of her. Her oldest son dropped her off in Tucson and went back to work in the mine. Her son’s claim they will be back soon to get her, but none of them have returned yet. Beware don’t get her started on her oldest sons wife, the two don’t get along very well!

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To be southern Arizona’s premier destination by inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for the understanding and appreciation of southern Arizona’s diverse cultures which impacted and influenced life in the Sonoran desert region during the Territorial period.


Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation offers authentic, STEAM, educational multi-cultural living history programs and events that encourage understanding through discovery and appreciation of the people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico during the Territorial period of 1850-1912.

Support Our Mission Docent Program Training

Docent Program

Date: September 24-28, 2018
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm (4 hour block each day). Please come early to sign in and be ready for the training that starts at 9:30 sharp

Old Tucson
201 S. Kinney Rd
Tucson, AZ 85735
• Park in the employee parking lot
• Report to the employee entrance security gate

1. Your own lunch (we do have a fridge and microwave). There is nowhere to buy food on or near our location.
2. Bottle of water
3. Good walking shoes for the dirt (no open toe). We will have transportation for those that need it.
4. Reading glasses if needed

After the training, you will be able to sign up for shifts of 4 hour blocks when Old Tucson is open. More detail about the program will be given during the training.

Need to know: Old Tucson will be providing you a costume to wear that you may check out and take home. You will need to provide your own shoes black, comfortable, and period looking but they do not have to be authentic.

We welcome the involvement of both professional and history enthusiasts, anthropologists, educators, students, as well as support from any willing organization.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is thankful for those organizations that stepped up to support us.