Founded in 1893, the Arizona State Museum (ASM) is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. ASM, a research unit of the University of Arizona, is housed in a National Register historic district and is the largest non-federal archaeolog
Rick Collins -Vice-Presidentrcollins@biocom.arizona.edu
Rick Collins just completed six years of service at the TPT Board President and now continues service as a Vice President.He has been active with TPT since 2006.Rick has been a volunteer for most of his adult life with organizations including the Red Cross, Arizona State Parks, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, the Arizona Historical Society and the National Park Service.
At Saguaro National Park, Rick acted as the volunteer coordinator for backcountry patrol, ran the volunteer response team, a search and rescue and back country volunteer ranger unit, and mule packed for the fire crew.Rick was also on the Chiricahua Surrender Centennial Council which brought the Chiricahua tribe back to Arizona for the first time in 100 years and organized the 75 mile surrender march.Rick has organized and interpreted various historic units and events.
He currently serves as the volunteer coordinator for living history programs in Southern Arizona for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.
Rick Collins: Life and War on the Edge of the Spanish Frontier
Richard CollinsPresident of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, has been a National Park Ranger and long time volunteer for years.His interest in life on the Spanish Colonial frontier army resulted in designing and creating costumes for the Anza National Historic Trail.
He volunteers in the Spanish Colonial collection of the Arizona Historical Society, and guides the efforts of the Tucson Presidio Trust to preserve and showcase Tucson history at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson.
Rick Collins: Life and War on the Edge of the Spanish Frontier was last modified: February 15th, 2016 by mcbai0
Museum Association of Arizona - 2013 MAA Professional Recognition Awards
Before I retired from the Arizona Historical Society, I facilitated a grant for the Arizona Military Museum to hire Spanish Colonial military re-enactor and expert researcher Rick Collins to create an exhibit with replica uniforms and weapons that has no equal at any museum in the state.
Museum Association of Arizona - 2014 MAA Professional Recognition Awards
Richard A. Collins,Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation
For the last five years Richard A. Collins has been the President of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation, the volunteer organization that creates the museum exhibits and demonstrates living history days at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, in downtown Tucson AZ.
During that time Rick has enlivened this small group of volunteers to bring the Presidio to life, expanding their activities and increasing their ranks to include over a dozen soldiers in the garrison ranks and about 20 civilian interpreters that share in the fun of living history the second Saturday of each month.
Rick oversees the childrenâ€™s program, a school field trip called â€œFriday at the Fortâ€�.
Rick has encouraged volunteers to continue to participate in this program, leading by example by participating in all of them as the Fort Commander or one of the â€œSoldados de Cueraâ€� for the day.
Rick has single-handedly built exhibits in the small museum room.
Exhibits such as â€œSymbols of our Mexican Pastâ€� and â€œA Bite to Eat â€" foods of the Spanish Colonial Southwestâ€� have been designed, built and coordinated by Rick.
With the help of generous donations, Rick has been able to showcase artifacts relevant to the Spanish Colonial time period for which the Presidio emphasizes.
As a volunteer for the organization itself, Rick has put in countless hours of organizing, negotiating with, overseeing, coordinating, managing, fixing and building the Presidio, its volunteers and the city employees with whom the Trust works in partnership.
He finds time to docent at the Presidio once a week and participates in the living history demonstration days as well as leading numerous tours on a monthly basis.
Rickâ€™s enthusiasm and passion for history, especially Tucsonâ€™s beginnings, is contagious.
He brings life to the subject in the lectures he gives, the docent tours he leads and during living history demonstrations.
When his eyes light up at a question asked by the public, you can be guaranteed an insightful explanation with fascinating tidbits of information will follow.
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