Monday, July 13, 2020

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias passed away suddenly on March 28, 2020. He was a great friend of the Presidio Museum, appearing at our events. He was proud of his family's ancestry, which began in Tucson in the late 1790s, when his 5th great grandparents Cornelio Elias and Concepcion Apodaca lived inside the walls of the fortress.

An altar (ofrenda) has been set up in his memory in the back porch of the Siquieros-Jacome House. Wikipedia describes an ofrenda as: "An ofrenda is a collection of objects placed on a ritual display during the annual and traditionally Mexican Día de Muertos celebration. An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created for an individual person who has died and is intended to welcome them to the altar setting."


The public is welcome to bring mementos for the altar during the Presidio Museum's limited business hours: Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. There is no charge for admission through August 29, and those wanting to leave a memento will also be allowed in free after that date. The altar will be up until November 8.

KVOA did a story on the altar, which you can view online HERE.

Richard David Elias, 1958-2020.

To learn more about Richard's life, his obituary is online HERE.

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