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The Board | Tucson Presidio Trust For Historic Preservation
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.
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.
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.
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.
oversees the childrenâ€™s program, a school field trip called â€œFriday at the Fortâ€�.
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.
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.
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.
brings life to the subject in the lectures he
gives, the docent tours he
leads and during living history demonstrations.
eyes light up at a question asked by the public, you can be guaranteed an insightful explanation with fascinating tidbits of information will follow.
Historical Sites of Arizona
Heritage Alliance Celebrates 10 Years | Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance
8/8/13 Heritage Speaker Series - Rick Collins, President of the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation presents "Life and War on the Edge: Living on the Spanish Colonial Frontier"
Richard Collins, president ...
Richard Collins, president of the Tucson Presidio Trust, says most Tucsonans aren't familiar with the city's deeply rooted history.