Retired Tour Operator and Guide
Wednesday, November 6, 2020, 2:30-3:30
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
If you are new to Tucson or haven’t had the opportunity to take a walking tour of at least part of historic Tucson, you won’t want to miss one of Tucson’s most knowledgeable guides, Alan Kruse.
Enacting the character of John Spring, Tucson’s second public school teacher, Alan Kruse will weave some of Springs’ own story into a virtual tour of historic Main Street and Barrio Viejo, with emphasis on Tucson’s history and architecture from 1860 to 1910. Some of the early Tucsonans we’ll meet besides John Spring are Sam Drachman, George Cheyney, Edward Nye Fish, Hiram Stevens, Milton Duffield, Albert Steinfeld, and Lalo Guerrero. Alan’s “cunning wit and quirky attire promise to charm even the most gruff and hardened historical home touree,” according to a review in the Arizona Daily Star.
Alan Kruse arrived in Tucson in 1970 to attend Graduate School at the U of A and went on to teach chemistry at Pima Community College for 28 years before retiring in 2002. Needing a job but realizing that no one was going to pay him to talk about chemistry, he developed KruseArizona Tours, which drew enthusiastic clients from 2002 to 2019. His encyclopedic knowledge of local culture earned him the title “the king of local tours” from the Arizona Daily Star, a vice-presidency at the Southern Arizona Guides Association, and membership at the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. He provided both historic Tucson walking tours and coach tours throughout the Southwestern
states focusing on history, music, theater, and art. He was a docent at the Arizona Historical Society from
Alan still gives presentations on Southern Arizona history and popular music from the 1950s and 1960s. Past programs include those to such groups as Westerners International, Arizona Historical Society, and the Western National Parks Association.
Written by Rosemary Brown, Academy Village Volunteer