Join the ASWHF Family Docent Program

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

Date: June 25-29
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

Bring:
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 where 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.

Meet Our Docents

Meet Linda Swanson

Linda worked for Delta Airlines for 18 years, 3 years as a stewardess and 15 years in ticket sales and ground support at LAX. She spent 15 years as a book seller for Barnes and Nobles and moved on to 30 years singing in a duo with her husband. She has lived an Arizona for 3 years, with the last 2 years being involved with the Readers Theater in Green Valley. Her passion is working with the costumes and props. “I’m use to working with the public and am excited about going out to Old Tucson!”

Meet Drifter Linda

Meet Annie Koepf

Annie was a school teacher in California for 24 years and has lived in Arizona for 14 years. She stays busy scoring test for the ETS and Pearson. In her free time she is part of the Green Valley Community Chorus, Tubac Singers, and the Reading Theater. She has been singing and dancing for 2 years. All her love goes to her dog Belli-girl a sweat little pug/chihuahua mix. “I’m looking forward to learning more about Tucson history while dressing up at Old Tucson.”

Meet Sarah an Irish Settler

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.”

Meet Mary Elizabeth the Mayors Wife

Martha Belle Fray

“Wheeler Sister’s”

Martha Belle was raised in Brevard, North Carolina, where she did little theater. She continued doing theater in college for fun and has a Masters in Education. She has had two careers over her lifetime, individual marriage and family therapist, and as a volunteer coordinator for nonprofits. She moved to Arizona in 1998 and is a widow with 8 children 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild on the way. A member of the Good Shepherd Church, she volunteers at the Green Valley Hospital, the White Elephant, and Friends of the Library in which many of these she has roped her sister Mary Elizabeth into volunteering as well. “The Docent Program through the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation my sister talked me into volunteering with her. We love doing things like this together.”

Meet Martha Belle a Rancher

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!

Susan Deigan

Susan arrived from Hudson Valley, New York to Tucson in 2012 to be closer to her daughter. She was budget manager for a university in New York and worked in the IT department for over 10 years. She also worked as an accountant for a high school district in New York for 11 years. Her number one favorite job is that of being a mom. Currently, she volunteers with PACC in Tucson, which lead her to a joint event with Old Tucson. There she meet some of the ASWHF Docents and was hooked. With the words “I want to do that!’ she meet with the ASWHF director and signed up for the next docent training.

 

Introducing Susanna, a gun-slinging gambler who loves to “Liberate other peoples money.” She considers herself to be a ‘Robin Hood,’ helping those rich banks and stagecoaches relieve themselves of all that money and giving it to her poor pockets. Susanna’s niece is in the can-can show and she is mighty proud of it. Look out if you meet her she always win at cards and will liberate your jewelry if you are not careful. Best to watch your valuables around this one!

We welcome the involvement of professional historians as well as history enthusiasts; researchers who study cultures and history; educators and students from all academic levels. If you’d like to get involved with our efforts to create a program or you have a group that would like to participate in our activities, please call Erin Cyr at (520) 883-0100 ex 7262.

We are committed to accurately depicting the interactions of human activities with the Native American communities that were already living in this desert when each of the other groups of people came on the scene. Our primary focus is on the cultural anthropology and history of the Sonoran Desert as it relates to:

Daily Life

  • Transportation
  • Ranching
  • Military
  • Farming/Food cultivation
  • Mining
  • Commerce/merchants
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Worship/spirituality
  • Shelter & housing
  • Storytelling
  • Conflict

People/Cultural Groups

  • Native American
  • Mexican
  • European
  • Early pioneers
  • Chinese
  • African Americans
  • Jewish people
  • Mormons
  • Irish

 

Your ideas for research, development of programs and how to present them are welcome! Contact us ›

Support

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation has already received warm support from many organizations. We welcome more and we would like to hear from you if you have ideas for collaboration.

Thank You
  • Green Valley Community
  • Exchange Presidio
  • Ha:San
  • AZ Civil War Council
  • Visit Tucson
  • Tohono O’odham
  • Read West
  • Attractions Alliance
  • Southern AZ Attractions Alliance
  • AZ Sonora Desert Museum

Docent Interest Form

Interest Form in becoming a Docent to support the living history, education, and cultural programs that foster appreciation of the region's diverse cultures and their influence on life in the Sonora Desert, during the Arizona territorial period.
  • The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit partner with Old Tucson, by supporting the living history, education, and cultural programs that foster appreciation of the region’s diverse cultures and their influence on life in the Sonoran Desert, during the Arizona Territorial period
  • Check all that are of interest:
  • * I will submit a Docent Application & Release Form * Attend Docent training & retraining if needed * Commit to an average of 4 hour daytime blocks once per week October through May: An average of one 4 hour block monthly June through August (Alternate schedules are possible)