About Us

The Los Altos Chapter,  NSDAR, was organized on February 17, 1950, in Los Altos, California, by Organizing Regent Clara Ferry Smith Caldwell. We have over 50 members representing about 75 Patriot ancestors of the American Revolutionary War including two Spanish Patriots. Now, for over a century, members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and patriotism. These goals are as relevant in today’s Society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890.

Who we are

  • We are all women - businesswomen, mothers, grandmothers, teachers, retirees, neighbors, college students, and soldiers.
  • We are women who make a difference in our community.

What we do

  • Support Education
  • Preserve local landmarks and historic structures
  • Promote citizenship and patriotism
  • Support veterans activities

About our Name
Los Altos, the Spanish word for “The Heights,” is located thirty-five miles south of San Francisco, down the peninsula and six miles beyond Palo Alto, en route to San Jose. It lies among rolling hills and fertile valleys which have a historical background. After Mission Santa Clara has been founded in January 1777, and Jose de Guadalupe in December of the same year, travelers from San Francisco traversed the valley in increasing numbers, many of them on their way to Monterey, the Spanish capital. During the Mexican War, troops of both sides ranged the Los Altos hills, skirmishing, and maneuvering; and the final defeat of General Sanchez took place only a short distance south of the present town. The Spaniards named Los Altos, and it is located on the old Rancho San Antonio.