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Daughters of the American Revolution, Don Jose de Ortega Chapter | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Daughters of the American Revolution, Don Jose de Ortega Chapter


Historical Note:

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Don Jose de Ortega Chapter is based in Canoga Park, California. It is a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a membership organization that admits descendants of those that aided the American Revolution in some form. The Chapter was founded on October 9, 1970 at the Andres Pico Adobe in Mission Hills. It was named for Don Jose (Francisco) de Ortega, an ancestor of member Marcia Havens Stowers. Ortega, born in 1734, was a Spanish soldier who played a role in establishing mission sites and the Santa Barbara presidio.

The Chapter is involved in community service through donations to educational organizations, literacy promotion, historic preservation, and supporting programs for veterans and their families. In addition to charity work for veteran causes, the chapter also pursues patriotic projects, including an annual Flag Day Luncheon Celebration, a U.S. Flag Committee that assists local businesses and establishments with replacing damaged American flags, and programs to increase local school participation in Constitution Week activities. The Chapter actively engages with history through field trips to local historical sites and an active genealogy group conducting lineage research.






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