Officers and Board of Directors

2017 - 2018

Dr. Craig Fischer presents the history of the Bishop’s House in the History Association’s Oct. 27, 2016 meeting.


President/Secretary.................Pamela Price

Vice President...........................Trini Rangel

Program Director........................Ellen Price

Treasurer................................Gail Morden

Member...........................Errol Zimmerman

Association Consultants

Axel Omar Salas, el Presidente Municipal de Álamos, Sonora, México

Tony Estrada, director del Museo Costumbriste de Sonora, Álamos

Juan Carlos Holguín Balderrama, escritor y  historiador

Juan Vidal, profesor, escritor, y historiador

Association Lifetime Members and Honorees

Bev Krucek †

Leila Gillette †

Jim Swickard

Errol Zimmerman

Álamos History Association Board of Directors

Ellen Price

    Ellen first visited Álamos in early 1973 while traveling south from her studio pottery business on the north end of Quadra Island, British Columbia.  She resolved to spend her winters someday in Álamos and her summers in Canada.  She especially appreciated the architectural beauty of Alamos because to her Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts and further studies in art history. 

    Ellen established the art program for North Island College when it first began on Vancouver Island.  She later served as the interim head of the art department for Gila Community College in Globe, Arizona before she began her studies

for her doctorate at the University of Arizona.  After receiving a Ph.D in Higher Education (the study of colleges and universities) with a minor in art (which included studies in Pre-Columbian art, ceramics and art therapy) she became the Program Coordinator for the Composition Program of the English Department at the University of Arizona.

    Nine years after her mother, Leila Gillette, purchased a home in Álamos, Ellen followed her example and purchased a home in the same barrio.  Ellen has taken an active interest in the history of Álamos since she retired in 2004.

Gail Morden

    Born to a Canadian pioneer family, Gail Morden moved to the United States when she was nine and lived in and around Springfield, MA.  The summer before she was due to start college her family moved to southern California, and Gail ended up at the University of California at Berkeley where she met and married her husband, Rod Gully.

     Gail’s career has been largely in the Information Technology field.  She worked for a number of years as a Technical Writer, trainer and programmer before going to work for an east coast bank as manager and then vice president of the in-house IT department.  After 

José Trinidad Rangel N.

    Trini was born in Álamos August 14, 1981, in the barrio Guayparines on the western part of the town.  He attended grade and high school in Álamos, went to the University of Sonora at Navojoa, and graduated in 2000 with a degree in accounting.  He has never worked  in the accounting field, though, choosing instead to return to Álamos as a teacher in the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río and Revolución primary schools.  Trini has 210 students in seven groups, teaching English to third through sixth graders.

    Trini learned English with special help from the foreign community in Álamos.  He credited the late Pember Nuzum for his English help, and he recognized Robert Bloor and as well as

Dick and Olive Merrick.  He spent six weeks in British Columbia through the generosity of the Merricks, but he largely mastered the English language the old fashioned way—by studying!

    Trini has received rewards for his innovative teaching, and is currently working on his master’s degree.  For the Álamos History Association he is helping his students interview their elder relatives to document information about past days in this community. 

several years away from the West coast and her family, Gail moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area.  She worked in the IT department of the Federal Home Loan Bank, where she specialized in developing financial planning and tracking tools.

     Gail and Rod visited Álamos in 2008 and moved here permanently in 2009. She and Rod are interested in Mexican history in general and the story of Álamos in particular. They also work on the Alamos Directory, and Gail makes jewelry and teaches jewelry classes.

Pamela Price

degree, writing about political culture in colonial India.  Several years later she took a position in the History Department of the University of Oslo, Norway.  In the Nordic region the overwhelming interest in ‘the third world’ was in development, so Pamela gradually began to focus on post-colonial India in her research and writing.  She took part in academic institution-building activities in Norway and other Nordic countries, enjoying getting to know scholars and students from other parts of the region.  

    Visiting her mother, Leila Gillette, in Alamos in 1999, Pamela decided to buy a house on the same street.  She retired from the University of Oslo in 2013 and has begun alternating between living in Alamos and Oslo.  Learning about colonial Mexico and the Sonoran natural environment gives her great pleasure.

Pamela Price became interested in history at a young age and dreamed of travel.   Chance gave her the opportunity to spend seven months at an Indian university in 1964-1965, and she decided then to become an historian of India.  After graduating from college Pamela went to Cambridge University on a fellowship.  The upheavals of 1968 got her off the academic track, but taught her a lot about politics and culture. 

    She eventually  returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she finished her doctorate

Errol Zimmerman

    Errol Zimmerman of Phoenix, Arizona, has been deeply involved in Mexico since he began photographing Sonora more than 30 years ago.  A retired educator, his passion for international understanding guided him to become a volunteer with the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission in the 1980s, and during the 1990s he served as a board member and later President of the Commission—coordinating cultural and business relationships between Phoenix and its 11 sister cities abroad.

    His interest in photography ( began during his college years, and he has completed editorial and corporate photography assignments since the 1970s.  In 1988 he co-founded an organization of professional photographers, Through Each Others Eyes™, which has sponsored more than 50 exchange exhibitions involving photographers in 11 countries around the world (  Zimmerman serves as a board member and past president of the organization, which recently celebrated its 25th year of helping people understand and appreciate cultures different from their own.

    In 2006 Zimmerman, with his wife, Carolyn, purchased a home in Álamos, and since that time he has worked with the Álamos History Association to build a collection of historical and contemporary photographs—and transfer that collection to our website,


Trini Rangel (above) smiles as one of his students reads her family history, and Fr. Charles Carpenter (below) gives a report to Association members.

Annual Meetings

Fourth Annual Meeting

March 17, 2016


    A report on the recently concluded Anza Society Conference and an outline of the proposed new guidebook to Álamos were two important subjects discussed at the Third Annual Meeting, held  Thursday, March 17, at Luz del Sol Cafe in central Álamos.

    Álamos History Association President Jim Toevs outlined the program of the 21st annual Anza Society event, which include presentations by Álamos History Association members Steve McKelvy, Joan Powell, and Katherine Callingham on different aspects of Álamos’ history.  The Anza conference brought a bus-load of visitors to our community March 3 - 6, and included a presentations by Naomi Torres, National Park Service Superintendent of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.  Álamos historian Juan Carlos Holguín Balderrama gave two presentations during the two-day event.

    Work is underway to provide a wall map of the Anza trail in the Museo Costumbriste de Álamos, and a standing committee has been established for related Anza projects relationg to the importance of Álamos in the 18th Century California expeditions of Anza and Rivera.  Association member Joan Powell has research which shows  that at least 89 people of Álamos descent were residing in California in 1790.  

    The proposed guidebook, expanding upon information provided in the most recent Álamos guides, will be a 120-page 8.5 x 7-inch publication with a plastic spiral binding.  In addition to information on what to see and do in Álamos, it will have information on the geological history and environment of Álamos, the social environmental history to include indigenous communities, European explorers, and the area’s mining history, and information on the 18th and 19th Century structures still remaining in Álamos.  A Navojoa printing company has given an estimate for the printing of 500 copies, and partial funding through a grant is currently being sought.  A standing committee will oversee this proposal.

    In other presentations during the annual meeting, Diane Carpenter spoke on the interview project, invited members to do interviews of interesting people and get them scheduled for programs during the 2016-2017 year.  Trini Rangel will continue to organize student interviews of their oldest living family members.

    Geri Lea reminded the History Association that caring for the graves of foreigners in the Álamos panteon is a year-long commitment.  While most foreign graves have sponsors to clean them during the year and decorate them for the November 1 -2 celebration of the Day of the Dead, Geri noted that any member of the association interested in this project should contact her as some graves have no sponsor.

    A new five-member board of directors for 2016 - 2017 was elected by acclimation.  The new board will consist of current members Ellen Price, Pam Price, Trini Rangel, and Gail Morden with Errol Zimmerman joining as a new member of the board.  Errol had previously served a term as a board member.


Third Annual Meeting

March 15, 2015

The upcoming 2016 Anza Society conference was the focal point of discussions during the Third Annual Meeting, held Thursday, March 15, at the Agave Cafe at the Hacienda de los Santos in Álamos.

    Steve McKelvy, a member of the steering committee for the Anza Conference, talked about a preliminary, portable display to be set up in the museum in time for the March, 2016, conference here in Álamos, marking the routes of the Anza and Rivera expeditions.  Proposals were sent to local artists and it was hoped that the History Association could pay for a two or three panel display.  Jim Toevs, President of the History Association, said that the long-term goal for the conference was to substantiate the role of Mexico—specifically, Álamos—in the founding of one of the largest states in the U.S.  Among the suggestions for the upcoming conference was the possibility of using the Bours Center for conference meetings and having a commemorative AHA t-shirt for conference members.

    A placque to be placed permanently on the Plaza de Armas with information on the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition and Álamos’ role in it is being considered, and Steve McKelvy said that Álamos city hall was “on board.”  Jim Toevs added that he was in contect with Stella Cordoza, the President of the Anza Society, regarding transportation from the U.S. to Mexico for conference attendees.  The company South of the Border Tours was expected to give an estimate on taking conference members from Tucson to Álamos.

    In other reports at the annual meeting, Pamela Price reported that a proposal for a new Álamos guide book had been sent to the general membership with many comments and suggestions coming back to the committee.   Pamela also noted that more local community members were joining the History Association, and that a student membership rate had been discussed as a means of getting youth and college students involved in our projects.

    In an effort to build our collection of historical photos, Pamela Price talked to Stephanie Meyers about contacting the Urea family in Navajoa, who have old Urea family photos from the days when the Urea family was prominent in Álamos .  Pamela also reported that Beverly Krucek's boxes of History Association materials, which were at her home at the time of her death, have been delivered to Research Library at Cathy's Corner.  Unfortunately, the materials have not yet been organized, which will be a large task in need of a volunteer!

    Gail Morden said that she has four History Association golf shirts to sell—two extra large and two medium.  More shirts in several different colors will be ordered in the future.

    The members of the History Association unanimously approved a slate of seven board members for the year:  Jim Toevs, Steve McKelvy, Gail Morden, Trini Rangel, Diane Carpenter, Pam Price, and Ellen Price.  Officers will be determined by the board at its first meeting.


Second Annual Meeting

March 13, 2014

History association Board of Directors members installed at the annual meeting are (standing, from left)
Trini Rangel, Ellen Price, Jim Toevs, and Steve McKelvy.  Seated from left are Leila Gillette and Gail Morden.

History association members enjoy lunch at the Agave Cafe after the second annual meeting.


First Annual Meeting

March 14, 2013

Twenty-seven gathered at the Hacienda de los Santos Resort for the first annual meeting of the Álamos History Association (photo©Bob Rink)

  Bylaws were adopted and the first official Board of Directors was selected at the first “annual meeting” of the Álamos History Association, held Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the Agave Cafe at the Hacienda de los Santos resort.

    Moderator Steve McKelvy also presented lifetime Association membership certificates to association founder and director Bev Krucek, charter member Leila Gillette, and longtime member and active association supporter Jim Swickard.

    Although the Álamos History Association was founded in 1994 and has met weekly for the past 18 years under Bev Krucek’s directorship, it lacked approved bylaws and an official board until the March 14 meeting.

    Board members selected March 14 for one-year terms were as follows:  Jim Toevs, Trini Rangel, Ellen Price, Gail Morden, Leila Gillette, Samme Chittum, and Errol Zimmerman.  Trini, Gail, Leila, and Errol were members of the provisional board (on this website) which has governed the association for the past few years, while Jim, Ellen, and Samme are new members to the board.

        Following the meeting, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Agave Café and Galería at the Hacienda, where the History Association holds its weekly meetings.

    Please enjoy viewing six additional pictures taken at the event, all courtesy of Association member Bob Rink.

Bev Krucek (above) was one of three awarded lifetime memberships to the Álamos History Association during the first annual meeting March 14.   In 1994 Bev started the organization because of her desire to learn more about the rich history of the community, and she has worked tirelessly since that time to collect and preserve information on the pueblo and municipio and the families who created its 300-plus year written history.

    Leila Gillette and Jim Swickard also received lifetime memberships for their dedication to the Association.  Leila was one of five who attended the first meeting in 1994.

Member Diane Carpenter addresses the group (top), and Steve McKelvy hands a lifetime membership award to Jim Swickard, owner of the Hacienda de los Santos Resort in Álamos.