The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation (ASWHF) a 501(c)(3) is an Arizona nonprofit corporation created to develop multi-cultural interpretive public education programs at Old Tucson

Our Purpose

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is helping Old Tucson evolve into a setting for truly understanding the human interactions of the time period commonly known as the “old west” or roughly, from the Mexican-American War through Arizona statehood.

Old Tucson is a movie set that is open to the public. Traditional experiences at Old Tucson offered visitors a chance to see the world of the old west as imagined in classic Hollywood films.

With the help of the ASWHF, Old Tucson becomes a stage for the authentic portrayal of life in the Sonoran Desert from 1850 through the early 1900s.

Our goal is to give visitors and local residents the opportunity to understand this unique time and place through hands-on, experiential, participation in the living story of the Territorial Period in Southern Arizona.

Our offices are located at Old Tucson and we encourage you to contact us and join us as we develop exciting and enriching programs and events.

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Board Leadership

Priscilla Storm, Board President
V.P., Diamond Ventures, Inc.

Brian Deatherage, Board Treasurer/Secretary
Construction Controller, Diamond Ventures, Inc.

Maricela Solis de Kaster
Director of Operations and Government Relations, World View

Pete Mangelsdorf
Director, Advanced Missile Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems

Bill Ridenour
Managing Partner, Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis


Foundation Staff

Erin Wyrostek Cyr
Director of Development

Advisory Committee

We’ve enlisted the help and advice of a wide cross-section of academic, cultural leaders and researchers.

Joaquin Ruiz
Ph.D. Dean, College of Science, University of Arizona

Les Roe
Southern Arizona Director, Arizona Historical Society

JP Jones, Ph.D.
Dean, Social and Behavioral Science, University of Arizona

Lydia Breunig, Ph.D.
Director, Community Outreach Social and Behavioral Science, University of Arizona

Richard Fe Tom, AIA
Past President of the Tucson Chinese Association / Tucson Chinese Cultural Center

Tom Moulton
Director, Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance

Linda Mayro
Director, Office of Sustainability and Conservation, Pima County

Corey Knox
Real World Research, Women’s Studies and Science Education Researcher, University of Arizona

Annie Sykes
Vice President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Joe Camarillo
Community Outreach & Special Projects Manager, Old Tucson Company

Terry Verhage
General Manager, Old Tucson Company