• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

Full Moon Night

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Date: January 11, 2014
Contact: Anita Badertscher, 520-377-5060

In the year 1691, evening fell in the desert of New Spain and a priest on horseback named Eusebio Francisco Kino looked up at the moonlit night sky. We may wonder today, "What was going through the mind of Tumacácori's most famous astronomer?"

Tumacácori National Historical Park will offer special access to the mission grounds during the full moon evening of Wednesday, January 15. The park will be open as usual from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., then will reopen from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., join Ranger Melanie for a candlelight tour titled "What Did Father Kino See?" Visitors are encouraged to bring warm layers, flashlights, binoculars, and a sense of adventure.

Admission to the park is $3.00 per adult, free for federal pass holders and children under age 16. For more information, call 520-398-2341, extension 0.

Did You Know?

Soldado de Cuera

Soldiers of New Spain's frontier who protected the missions were known as soldados de cuera, or "soldiers of the leather jacket."