Fox, Old Tucson Celebrate Bob Shelton

Old Tucson and the Fox Tucson Theatre are presenting a showing of “McLintock”  as part of a fundraiser and tribute to Old Tucson founder Robert “Bob” Shelton.

The event, Sunday, Jan 22 at 6 p.m., will benefit the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $10 and available at the Fox box office, 17 W. Congress. Cost is $7 for seniors, military personnel and students. Fox members get 2 complimentary tickets. Click here to buy tickets.

Shelton, who died Dec. 15 at age 95, transformed the Old Tucson film set, 201 S. Kinney Road, into a popular theme park and is credited with reviving it as a major film location. He counted John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor among his friends.

Today, Old Tucson is memorialized in more than 400 television, film and commercial projects and remains the region’s premier film location. Among Bob’s favorites were films by “The Duke,” including the light-hearted “McClintock.”

The ASWH Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the living history programs at Old Tucson that foster appreciation of the region’s diverse cultures and their influence on life in the Sonoran Desert region during Arizona’s Territorial Period.

For more information about Old Tucson, visit or call (520) 883-0100.  To learn more about the Foundation, visit

Robert "Bob" Shelton, courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star
Robert “Bob” Shelton, courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star


Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation Seeks Director of Development

The director of development is a full-time employee and reports to the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation (ASWHF) board president and works closely with the general manager and staff at Old Tucson Company.  Grant writing and major gift development will be focus areas for the position.

ASWHF is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 2014 offering authentic, multi-cultural living history programs and events at Old Tucson Company.  Programs encourage understanding and appreciation of the people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico during the Territorial period of 1850 – 1912.  The operating budget is approximately $200,000.



  • Research funding opportunities including public and private sector grants, major donors and corporate and individual sponsorships.
  • Identify opportunities for Foundation fund-raising events and activities.
  • Oversee the fund development plan for the Foundation and keeps it updated.
  • Prepare and write proposals.
  • Meet with prospective donors.
  • Establish communication with donors (via email, newsletters, updates, etc.).
  • Manage and maintain the donor data base.
  • Track funding and ensures donors are thanked.
  • Follow the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) code of ethics.


  • Attend Old Tucson management meetings as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with Old Tucson staff engaged with living history programming.
  • Work with Old Tucson staff on designing and implementing an authentic living history docent program, and ensure funding for the program.
  • Coordinate Foundation support for events, activities and programs with Old Tucson.
  • Work with Old Tucson staff on establishing systems for the foundation and follows best practices for nonprofits.


  • Coordinate with Old Tucson’s marketing team to incorporate Foundation messages.
  • Represent the Foundation at events and within the philanthropy community.
  • Ensure that the Foundation web-site, Facebook Page, and other social media outreach are current and effective.
  • Work with Pima County Attractions as necessary.
  • Work with the Old Tucson staff to increase the Foundation’s visibility through media channels, speaking engagements, and participation in local and regional organizations.


  • Outline annual goals and corresponding funding needs for Foundation consideration.
  • Prepare material for and attend ASWHF board meetings.
  • Coordinate activities with Foundation Board Chair or their designee.
  • Provide monthly written reports on activities to the board of directors.

 Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Prefer five years of nonprofit experience, educational and/or museum experience.
  • Fundraising skills and successful experience with grant writing and working with individual donors.
  • Experience in grants management and reporting.
  • Prefer experience with capital campaigns.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience working with a team of people.
  • Strong operational and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow and handle multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the mission of Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and partnerships.
  • Appreciation for the West’s history and culture.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret information, including financial information, to make decisions and exercise resourcefulness.

Salary:  Based upon experience. Up to $50,000 /benefits.

To Apply:  Please forward cover letter, resume and contact information of three references to

References will be checked once permission is provided by applicant.

Old Tucson Salutes Our Nation’s Veterans

November 7 & 8, 2015

(Tucson, AZ) Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation will salute U.S. veterans from all military branches on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 with special activities, recognition, and admission.

Join Old Tucson in recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of the brave men and women who served to ensure the safety and security of our Nation. All veterans and active military are invited to attend the event free of charge. Non-military guests are encouraged to join the celebration and will receive one free admission with each paid admission.

The event will include:

  • A daily Salute to Our Veterans with a special Flag Presentation at 12:00 noon including the flags of our armed forces and Old Glory, the Davis-Monthan AFB Honor Guard, and the singing of our National Anthem.
  • The Arizona Civil War Council (Saturday and Sunday) with historical Civil War displays and marching drills with their members and guest “recruits.”
  • The Mormon Battalion (Saturday) with interesting and educational displays regarding the Battalion’s role in the Civil War and period rifle firing demonstrations.
  • Old Tucson’s signature performances including musical and stunt shows, historic tours, and living history presentations.

Event hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $17.95 for adults (ages 12 and over) and $10.95 for children (ages 4-11). Take advantage of special admission this weekend to join us in saluting our veterans.

Old Tucson is Southern Arizona’s premier location and Hollywood’s most famous western movie location and has been immortalized in over 300 feature films and TV Westerns. For more information about Old Tucson, please visit our website at or call us at 520-883-0100. Old Tucson is located at 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85735

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization. The Foundation in cooperation with Old Tucson Company will expand Old Tucson into a multi-cultural Western heritage center providing interactive living history and educational programs that encourage a deeper appreciation for the complex history and diverse cultures of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.