Native Daughters of the Golden West

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An illustration of a gold star with the American Flag on its left and the California flag on its right  Above the star is a California Grizzly Bear standing on a piece of black text. 

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The Native Daughters of the Golden West (NDGW) was founded in Jackson, California by Lilly O. Reichling during the fall of 1886. Jackson was a small mining town southeast of Sacramento. By the early twentieth century, NDGW had orders across northern and central California. It moved its headquarters to San Francisco and spread to southern California thereafter. From its earliest days, the NDGW was interested in preserving Anglo landmarks throughout the state.  Its mission expanded to include childrens’ charities, environmental issues, and the restoration of California’s Spanish Missions. This button is unique in that it is also a locket.  


Charter Members of Ursula Parlor No. 1, N. D. G. W. (1917). An epitome of facts and events relative to the founding of the order Native Daughters of the Golden West. Washington, D. C.: Rufus H. Darby.  Retrieved from

Eliza D. Keith. (1902). Reports of Historical Landmarks Committed of the Native Daughters Golden West. San Francisco: W. N. Brunt. Retrieved from

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