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  • Patronato Docents Provide Guided Tours of the Mission Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    For Immediate release From Patronato San Xavier October 8, 2013 “The docent tour was awesome,” said an Illinois family recently. “Thank you for the wonderful tour,” wrote a woman from California. During the last year, nearly 25,000 visitors to San Xavier took advantage of the free guided tours by docents trained in the history and cultural of the region. The docent volunteers ...
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  • Favorite 25 Pima County projects ID’d for possible bond money Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    The residents have spoken. More like they’ve logged on. Pima County has released a top-25 list of the most popular projects proposed by a host of local agencies and to be funded possibly by bond money. The projects were identified in a high-profile Web poll that got a total of 17,000 votes in the last few weeks. The ...
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  • Patronato Founder “Retires” Thursday, June 20, 2013
    For Immediate Release From Patronato San Xavier 520 407-6130 June 20, 2013 Bunny Fontana – The Heart of San Xavier’s Restoration It may be that one insight led Bernard “Bunny” Fontana to a fruitful and singular career.  “I realized the someone doing anthropology could do it here, that it wasn’t necessary to go to Africa or to Asia or to ...
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  • “Influential” Building Mission San Xavier subject of KUAT program Friday, May 17, 2013
    The history of Tucson dates back well before the area had its name, and some of its history is reflected in architecture. “I don’t think buildings so much as change their society as they reflect their society. I think we might discuss buildings that express the culture that produced them,” said Tucson architect Bob Vint. He chose ...
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  • “Jewel in the Desert” by BizTucson Saturday, March 16, 2013
    By Monica Surfaro Spigelman. Surely it is the light that first attracts us to this great house of worship. Light paints a magical scene at Mission San Xavier del Bac, the queen of all the Pimería Alta churches and the finest example of Spanish Mission architecture in the United States. Tourists and Tucsonans alike are inspired ...
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  • Patronato San Xavier Recognized by Arizona’s Centennial Thursday, April 12, 2012
    Patronato San Xavier has been named a recipient of one of 10 Governor’s Centennial Awards. The awards to acknowledge “outstanding achievements in the preservation of Arizona historic and prehistoric cultural resources during the State’s first 100 years.”
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  • Docent Program to be Featured on Buckmaster Radio Show Wednesday, July 20, 2011
    Patronato San Xavier’s new docent tour program is featured on the Bill Buckmaster show on today, Wednesday, July 20.
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  • Tours Featured on KOLD Saturday, July 16, 2011
    KOLD News, Tucson’s CBS affiliate, featured a story on the docent program on Saturday, July 16.
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  • Docent Program Profiled in Arizona Daily Star Sunday, July 10, 2011
    Tucson’s daily newspaper, The Arizona Daily Star, profiled Patronato’s new docent program in the Sunday, July 10 edition.
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