The Anza Society Inc., is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Arizona.

We celebrate the life and times of Juan Bautista de Anza (1736-1788), Presidial Captain of La Nueva España, explorer, leader of the founders of San Francisco, California, peace maker, and Governor of New Mexico.  This included an annual forum to share results of our research.

These activities include Anza’s father, Juan Bautista de Anza, a Basque born in Spain, who emigrated to La Nueva España and became a Presidial Captain. These activities also include the study of 18th century Spanish Colonial History.

Members of the Anza Society facilitate the study, interpretation, commemoration, and preservation of places and artifacts related to both the United States and Mexico.

The Society typically holds the Annual Juan Bautista de Anza International Conference in either Mexico or the United States of America. The Conference includes presentations of scholarly papers, field trips, and re-enactments of historic people and events.

2022-2023 Board of Directors

  • President: S. Pauline Anaya
  • Vice President: Jesús Roberto Romo Véjar
  • Secretary: Ron Quinn
  • Treasurer: David Jeffries
  • Membership / Web Administrator: Bob DeWitt

Board Members at Large

  • Stella Cardoza
  • Javier Torre
  • Joe Barrera
  • Sharon Myers (Emeritus)