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On the weekend of September 27-28 the Arizona State Parks celebrated
reopening of theYuma Quartermaster Depot. The Soldados de Cuera of San
Presidio, the Catalonian Volunteers and the Tubaqueños spent a hot,
educating approximately 3,000 Yumans about Spanish Colonial history.
The event was a success, and a surprising number of people really cared.
The usual questions like “Aren’t you hot?” were scarce and some real interest
was shown. The Parks people had the foresight to pass out question cards
pencils requiring visitors to interact and ask questions of the historical
interpreters. It was good to talk about the Yuma Massacre of 1781 and have
the site within view. Reality seemed to light up the eyes of the visitors
realized there was more to Yuma than just a place to stop on the way to
beaches of California. One long term resident expressed surprise at what
he was told. “I never knew there was so much history here,” he said.
By the time this publication goes to print, the Hispanic Heroes Parade
Washington, D.C., will have passed another successful year. This editor
sadly did not make it this year due to funding problems. Hopefully next
year will see us there.
Yuma Crossing Days, the annual Arizona Historical Society event is
for next February 28, 1998. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event
offers a calvacade of history for the people of Yuma and the visiting snow
The best part of the weekend is the time spent meeting with compadres
and discussing history.
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