Álamos History Association

Schedule of Activities

Meetings for 2018 - 2019

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


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 Research 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 history and mission of the Anza Society.  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.”  Nemesio Figueroa of Álamos has helped 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 chairs the tunnel portfolio 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 - Our Annual Meeting for 2018 - 2019 will be held at the Cafe de Luz, with committee reports, the treasurer’s report, a summary of the year’s activities, and plans for the future.  Following the meeting, Jim Swickard of the Hacienda de los Santos resort will present information on the Álamos Mint, which produced silver coins from 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.


All Photos©Errol Zimmerman


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

Place - Luz del Sol Restaurant,

Obregón #3,

Álamos, Sonora, Mexico


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.

Ursula Beltrán discusses traditional clothing for Mexican women, huipiles, during the March 14, 2019 meeting of the Álamos History Association.