Welcome to the Acalanes Chapter, NSDAR
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The Acalanes Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), was organized on January 12, 1950, by Eleanor Lyon. Eleanor lived on a 130-acre ranch in Happy Valley for a time. The Costanoan Indian village "Akalon" was located in Happy Valley until the mid-1800s. Spanish settlers called the people living in that village the "Acalanes." There was also a Mexican land grant near present-day Lafayette called "Rancho Acalanes." The Akalon tribe was the only tribe of Contra Costa County to rebel against the mission system and attempt to remain independent of the Spanish. Our chapter was named to honor the original inhabitants of this area, as well as symbolize the spirit of our American Revolutionary War ancestors.