About Us

Ohlone Chapter NSDAR takes its name from the Ohlone Indians. The Central California coastal areas were well populated with Ohlone Indians during the time of the American Revolution. It was within this same time period that Spanish priests began building the series of Missions along California's Pacific Coast. With the assistance of the local Ohlone Indians, who had inhabited this area for an estimated five thousand years, Mission San Jose was established in what is now known as Fremont, California. 

At the time of the Spanish colonization, these Ohlone Indians numbered in excess of ten thousand people. Historical and geological records indicate that these people lived with each other peacefully in small tribes, respecting each others' territories, while avoiding the tribal warfare that plagued most of the Indian tribes across the new world. During this time, these Indians prospered and populated the area of California from San Francisco and Contra Costa south to Monterey and San Benito counties, inclusive.

The Ohlone habitat ranged from swampland to ocean beaches to semi‑arid valleys and mountains. They led simple lives that included hunting, fishing, and gathering for sustenance. They also developed reed boats for travel and trade among the tribes adjacent to the San Francisco Bay. Although there are presently no active tribe of Ohlone Indians in this area, there are numerous preserved Indian sites, burial grounds, and shell mounds available for viewing. 




Ohlone Chapter Theme:

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


Ohlone Chapter Motto:

" All for one and one for all”


Ohlone Chapter Verse:

Do to others as you would have them do to you. – Luke 6:31


Chapter meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, September through May.

Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. Please join us!