Welcome to the Katuktu Chapter, NSDAR!

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Welcome to the Katuktu Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR), website. At Katuktu Chapter, NSDAR, we strive to make a difference in our communities of Tustin, Orange, and Santa Ana.

We are a vibrant group of women who meet on the second Saturday of the month between January and May and September through December. We welcome any woman for membership who is 18 years of age and older and who is descended from a man or woman who aided in achieving American independence during the period between April 19, 1775, and November 26, 1783. Information on membership in the DAR can be found here.

The chapter is over 50 years old and growing stronger with every new member.   The name "Katuktu" comes from pre-1825 maps of the Spanish and Mexican period in California show a small hill marked on the old road, Camino Viejo, running along the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. Long before this, however, the Indians had used it as a guide in their early travels. They called it “Katuktu,” meaning prominence, and often camped at its foot. These Indians of Shoshonean stock believed that their ancestors, the very first people, had camped there during a great flood that had submerged the whole world. The hill thus saved them from destruction and became almost a sacred spot of early California Indians. They believed that the campfires of their fathers had burned the rocks until they became the coppery color that caused the early settlers to call it “Red Hill,” as it is known today. Its color is actually caused by the cinnabar or mercury ore in its rocks. The hill stands 347 feet above sea level and lies just north of La Colina and east of Newport Avenue in Tustin. It is Registered State Landmark #203.

We wish to honor our ancestors and to preserve our past for future generations. Come and join us!