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    MISIÓN:  La Asociación de Historia de Álamos existe para informar a los residentes, a los turistas, y a los investigadores históricos sobre lo que ha ocurrido en este municipio en el noroeste de México.   El medio de lograr esto es por la acumulación, la conservación, y la presentación de la información histórica.


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Contact us:

Pamela Price, President

p.g.price@iakh.uio.no

Errol Zimmerman, board member,

web designer -

ezfoto@cox.net


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Meetings:


Time - 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, from October  to March

Place - Luz del Sol Restaurant,

Obregón #3,

Álamos, Sonora, Mexico


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Field Trips:


  Field Trips to locations in and near Álamos are currently being planned, and will be advertised on this website when plans are complete.








All Photos©Errol Zimmerman

     The Álamos History Association was founded in 1994 by the foreign community of Álamos, Sonora, the northern-most colonial city in Mexico.  A small group of residents that year began meeting weekly to explore the history of this colorful community, founded in1683, which has produced great wealth for the country of Mexico.    Bev Krucek accepted the leadership role in that first year, and she continued to guide the group and expand its vision until her death in March, 2014.


    Among the most important contributions of the Association has been in recording interviews from long-time residents.  Álamos today has representatives of families who have lived in the community for more than a century, and club members have interviewed members of these families to gain historical information and cultural insights into Álamos‘ past.  Beginning with pen and paper documents, these interviews have  progressed to audio and video recordings, all of which are stored in the archives of the Association.


    Among other active projects of the Álamos History Association are decorating the graves of foreigners in the panteón during the celebration of el Día de Muertos, building a library of books relating to the history of Álamos, Sonora, and Mexico, and collecting, scanning, and preserving pictures of Álamos and its people. 


    In addition, the Association is working with local residents to map out (and, hopefully, excavate) sections of tunnels which run under the city center, dug more than 200 years go to transport silver and move soldiers from place to place.  The restoration of the historic church, the Parroquía de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción, offers an opportunity to explore the history underneath the main floor (tombs and tunnels) and add items to the small Religious Museum operated by the church. 


    In May, 2013, the History Association adopted the “Anza Trail project” with the long-term goal of providing on-site information on the Mexico portion of Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1775 journey which led to the founding of San Francisco.   Thirty citizens of Álamos made the journey with Anza, which began in Culiacán, Sinaloa.


    Please click on the headings above to view our archives, and please contact our president, Pamela Price (p.g.price@iakh.uio.no), our program secretary Ellen Price (ellenpaz17@gmail.com) or our webmaster, Errol Zimmerman (ezfoto@cox.net) for additional information about History Association activities.


    Fundada en 1994 por la comunidad extranjero de Álamos, la Asociación de Historia se reúne cada semana para explorar la rica historia de esta ciudad colonial.  Álamos, fundada en 1683, ha producido gran riqueza por México a través de sus minas de plata y por los logros de sus ciudadanos.   Beverly Krucek aceptó el liderazgo de la Asociacion hace 20 años y servió fielmente hasta su muerte en marzo, 2014.


Una contribución muy importante de la Asociación ha sido las entrevistas con la comunidad nativa y la comunidad extranjera de Álamos.  Álamos tiene representantes de familias que han vivido aquí más de cien años, y miembros de la Asociación han preservado sus palabras en el vídeo y en el papel por los archivos en la Biblioteca de Investigación de la Asociación.  


    Entre otros proyectos activos de la Asociación son la decoración de las tumbas de los extranjeros para la celebración del Día de los Muertos, la creación de una biblioteca de libros relacionados con Álamos, Sonora, y México, y la recolección, digitalización, y preservación de las imágenes de Álamos y su gente.


Además, la Asociación está trabajando con representantes de la ciudad para hacer un mapa y excavar las secciones de los túneles que corren debajo del centro de la ciudad.  La restoración de la Parroquía de Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción da no sólo la oportunidad de explorar las tumbas bajo el piso principal, pero también la oportunidad de encontrar túneles utilizados para transportar la plata hace 200 años.


En mayo de 2013, la Asociación adoptó el proyecto el Rastro de Anza para proporcionar información del viaje de Juan Bautista de Anza en 1775 que resultó en la fundación de San Francisco, California, EE.UU.  Treinta ciudadonos de Álamos viajaron con Anza, un viaje que comenzó en Culiacán, Sinaloa.


Haga clic en las partidas anteriores para ver nuestros archivos y póngase en contacto con nuestro presidente, Pamela Price (p.g.price@iakh.uio.no), nuestra secretaria de programas Ellen Price (ellenpaz17@gmail.com), o nuestro webmaster, Errol Zimmerman (ezfoto@cox.net) para obtener información adicional acerca de las actividades de la Asociación de Historia de Álamos.

Preserving the History of Álamos and Sonora

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MISSION STATEMENT:  The Alamos History Association exists

to inform residents, guests, and  researchers of the History of

a functioning municipio in Northwest Mexico.  The means of accomplishing this are through accumulation, preservation, and presentation. 

Meetings for 2018 - 2019


(Changes may occur due to unforeseen circumstances)


October 25, 2018 - Día de los Muertos.  Ellen Price and Linda Adams will discuss the origin of this Mexican celebration, as well as how it is observed in Álamos.  They will also discuss the Álamos History Association’s “adopt a grave” program of cleaning and decorating the foreigners’ graves in the panteón.


November 8, 2018 - Jennifer MacKay, who, with her husband, David, has lived in Álamos nearly 20 years, will present a program on “Biking the Baja.”  Jennifer and David created the El Pedrigal retreat center on 20 acres in west Álamos, and conduct nature tours through Mexico.

November 15, 2018 - History Association board member and Álamos teacher Trini Rangel will discuss his “family history” project conducted with ISTECA (Istituto Technológico Superior de Cajeme) students of the Álamos campus.  Trini has developed a similar program for his Álamos public school students (details on this website).


November 29, 2018 - Biologist Stephanie Meyer, who has lived in Álamos for 30 years, will give a slide show and discuss the ecosystem of Álamos and the surrounding area.  Stephanie is a founding member of the Álamos History Association.


December 6, 2018 -  Trini Rangel will explain about Curanderas, the traditional healers of Mexico who use natural remedies for physical, mental, and spiritual problems.  An authority on the subject, Álamos educator Trini will discuss possible remedies for various afflictions.


December 13, 2018 -  Elisa Pallares was born in Mexico City and studied counseling at Santa Clara University (California) before moving to Álamos.  She will discuss the history of the “Virgin of Guadalupe,” and how this holiday ( December 12) is celebrated in Mexico.


January 10, 2019 -   "Another Frontier Mining Town in Northern Mexico: Governance and Society in Chihuahua in the Eighteenth Century" will be the title of the presentation by Pamela Price, President of the Álamos History Association.  Her research extends beyond Sonora to many aspects of Mexican history.


January 17, 2019 -  A board member and the designer of Álamos History Association website, Errol Zimmerman will present on the many “secrets” hidden in plain sight on the association website.  In addition, he will demonstrate how to use the website to discover the rich history of Álamos.


January 31, 2019 - Álamos educator Trini Rangel collects ceremonial masks of the Yaqui and Mayo indigenous communities, and attends Pascolas all over Sonora to view traditional dances.  Trini will explain in details the significance of these cultural symbols.


February 7, 2019 -  Under the topic “What is the Sierra de Álamos made of—and where did all that silver come from?” Steve Maynard will discuss the volcanic rocks, granite, and limestone makeup of the Sierra de Álamos, and the silver-bearing veins formed in fractures and faults during the late stages of the life of a large volcanic complex.  Steve has a master’s in geology and is the Vice-President for Exploration, Minaurum Gold, Inc.


February 14, 2019 -  A pot-luck Valentine Day’s tea will be hosted by the Álamos History Association for our February 14 meeting.  The meeting will be held at Kathy’s Korner, just across the street from Luz del Sol café.  The tea is a way to express our gratitude to Lorna Acosta for giving a home to our Research Library.


February 21, 2019 - Board member Ellen Ryan will describe where in the Researc Library the interviews (paper, DVD or on the computer) are located, demonstrate how to view the computer versions, and distribute a list of the people who have been interviewed. The library at Kathy’s Korner has been organized and updated during the past few months by Board member Sassy Hardy.


February 28, 2019 - Jim Toevs, former president of the History Association and current president of the International Anza Society, will discuss the upcoming Anza conference to be held here in Álamos in early March.  Álamos played a key role in the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition in 1775, which established the presidio and the town of San Francisco, CA.


March 7, 2019 - “Álamos tunnels.”  Dimesnio Figueroa, an Álamos native, has helped to map the tunnels under Álamos—tunnels built in the 17th and 18th Centuries and closed up after the great Álamos flood of 1868.  He will be assisted in his presentation by Katherine

Callingham, who works with Dimesnio on this project and chairs the tunnel committee of AHA.


March 14, 2019 -  Ursula Beltran will give a presentation on huipiles, the traditional Mexican woven shirt or blouse. Ursula has been collecting huipiles for years, and will display some that are no longer made.  Katherine Callingham will assist as a translator for the presentation.


March 21, 2019 -  Jim Swickard of the Hacienda de los Santos resort will present on the Álamos Mint, which produced silver coins from the 1862 until early in the 20th Century.  Jim has collected some of the coins from the mint, which was located on what is now the Paulito Verján Middle School.

    After Jim’s presentation we will have our Annual Meeting with committee reports, the treasurer’s report, and a summary of the year’s activities.


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The ‘History’ of the Álamos History Association

“Guía para visitar el Álamos Histórico”

is now on sale!


   

    The new 136-page guide to the history of Álamos can be purchased direct through the Álamos History Association for 200 pesos, and it is also available at the Álamos Museum and Kathy’s Korner. Published by our Association, the book has 127 historical and present-day photographs, and provides details of the rich 300-year history of our community—which includes a walking tour of central Álamos. The entire book is written in both English and Spanish, and it is an excellent gift for friends and family during the holiday season.

    For information on how to have this book sent from Phoenix, AZ, to locations in the United States and/ or Canada, contact Errol Zimmerman at ezfoto@cox.net, who can mail copies for an additional postage and handling charge. For more information, contact Pam Price at 647-428-0510 or Stephanie Meyer at 647-482-2116.



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