Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, home to the James Hogg Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), was founded shortly after silver was discovered in 1683 at a site near today’s town. The explorer Coronado had visited the area in the 1540s, looking for cities of gold, but it was silver that would provide the basis for the wealth and power – and the beauty – of the town as it developed over the next two hundred years. Today the population of Alamos is about 15,000, the same as it was at the height of silver production at the end of the eighteenth century, but the town went into decline economically and politically in the nineteenth century as the cost of producing silver became prohibitive. The beautiful adobe-built mansions of the historic town center were melting away in summer downpours when adventuresome Americans began buying ruins and restoring them after World War II. Historic Alamos is providing the setting for films and television series and is attracting new generations of Mexicans, appreciating the simple, elegant design of the mansions which silver built.
Alamos has been named one of a limited number of “Pueblos Magicos” in Mexico, a special designation that has brought funds for undergrounding the electric wires. On Saturdays, restored mansions can be toured for a fee that helps the “Amigos de Educacion” fund furthering education for deserving students. The Museo Costumbrista de Sonora is one of the best museums in northern Mexico. The surrounding area includes the estuaries alive with bird life, Mayo Indian villages, a mining town, rivers where you can take float trips and trails for horseback riding. Alamos has it all!
The James Hogg Chapter NSDAR was organized on February 4, 2015, at the Hotel Colonial. Organizing chapter regent, Ellen Price, along with her sisters Pamela Gwynne Price and Deborah Wayne, and their mother, Leila Gillette, are all descended from James Hogg (Hoge, Hogue), an American Revolutionary War patriot. The chapter is small but has determination to make a difference in their community promoting historic preservation, patriotism and education. They have helped to fund a traveling library for the children of Alamos and given funds for the children’s community garden. Leila Gillette wrote a guide to historic Alamos that went through four editions and chapter members Ellen and Pamela Price, Joan Powell, and Diane Carpenter, worked with the Alamos History Association to produce a new, bilingual guide, published in November, 2018.
The 2017 Mexico State Conference was held in Alamos. The ladies attending enjoyed it immensely. A wreath laying ceremony followed the conference luncheon. Leila Gillette and Levant Alcorn graves were blessed by wreaths from the Mexico State Society. Levant Alcorn, the grandfather of Maria del Carmen, was among the first to “discover” Alamos, helping to preserve the rich history it provides today.
This chapter is an amazing group of women who work hard to honor the history of beautiful Alamos, Mexico.