Join SPJ to dedicate home of Arizona’s first newspaper as a national Historic Site in Journalism

SPJ and Arizona State Parks will unveil a plaque dedicating Tubac Presidio State Historic Park in southern Arizona — where Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian, was first published in 1859 — in ceremonies Saturday, March 23, at the park, 1 Burruel St., Tubac.

Tour the park museum — which includes the 154-year-old Washington Hand Press that printed the Arizonian and still works to print replicas for visitors — start at 1 p.m. The dedication ceremony on the museum patio is at 2 p.m., followed by a reception where refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to phoenixspj@cox.net or info@tubacpp.com on or before March 18. For more information, email Mark Scarp at phoenixspj@cox.net. For information on the park, visit tubacpresidiopark.com.

The park was selected as the historic site by the SPJ Executive Committee in 2012, the centennial year of Arizona statehood. In addition, 2013 is the 150th anniversary year of the creation of the Territory of Arizona, separated from the New Mexico Territory, by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.