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

Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Mulley

“Wheeler Sister’s”

Raised in Brevard, North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “My love of story telling began at a very early age.” She did drama during both high school and college. She was the Director of Education in the Presbyterian Church for 20 years. A “Home Executive” she raised 4 kids. Her main focus is volunteer work throughout the year working as the Director of a Seniors Program, Meal on Wheels, Homeless Shelters, and T.A.G.S a county story telling group that worked with schools, parks in the summer, and concerts. During this time she was voted a Rising Star.

In 2004, Mary Elizabeth moved to Arizona, to move closer to her sister Martha Belle, in Green Valley. She has continued to volunteer her time by joining the Story Tellers, becoming a member of biblical story telling organizations, working with the Sahuarita Food Bank, the White Elephant, and Friends of the Library. Many of these she does with her sister including being members of the Good Shepherd. “I love to tell stories, so I’m looking forward to being a docent at Old Tucson.”

If you have an interest in being a docent click the ‘Get Involved’ tab at the top of the page and complete the Docent Interest Form. We hope you join us.

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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.