Order of the Eastern Star

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The Order of the Eastern Star is an organization for women that is affiliated with the Freemasons.

From the description of Order of the Eastern Star collection, 1940-1956. (Santa Fe Public Library). WorldCat record id: 38509524

The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization open to both men and women. Although its teachings are based on those in the Bible, individuals of all beliefs are welcome to join.

From the guide to the Order of the Eastern Star records, 1976-2005, (Western Washington University Heritage Resources)

The Order of the Eastern Star is a women's off-shoot of the international fraternity, the Freemasons that is also open to men. It is possibly the most prominent of a number of Masonic organisations for the partners of the exclusively male Freemasons. The Order of the Eastern Star involves similar rituals and symbolic elements to Freemasonry, and its members also participate in charitable work that is carried out by the Freemasonry Brotherhood. It is also concerned with spiritual and moral values, teaching and encouraging moral and social standards, and has strong religious overtones.

The organisation had its origins in Europe during different periods in Masonic history. Masonry for women, or 'Adoptive Lodges' were organised by women such as the widow of Charles I of England, and the daughter of Henry IV. The sister of Louis XIII of France is said to be the author of Adoptive Masonry in the 17th Century. She is said to have formed a society of women in which members communicated using signs and passwords. In Russia in 1712, the Czarina, Catherine, was permitted to found the Order of St Catherine and was proclaimed its Grand Mistress. This organisation was an Order of Knighthood specifically for women and is considered to have been a somewhat Masonic body in character: the Masons have a grand official that overlooks the organisation as a whole with the title, 'Patron'.

Contemporary Adoptive Lodges have continued this trend with members in high level positions holding titles including Matron and Associate Matron. In the 1700s, four Grand Mistresses are recorded to have ruled over the Order of St John of Jerusalem, which is regarded as mirroring early Masonry. An Order of Perseverance was established in France in 1771 by male and female members of the nobility, and in 1775 Adoptive Masonry was established in France when the Duchess of Bourbon was appointed Grand Mistress of the organisation. The status in which Adoptive Masonry was regarded at the time is evidenced by the illustrious and resplendent nature of the event. In 1801, Adoptive Masonry was established in Holland until it was banned some years later.

It received a new life, however, in America when it was introduced into that country in the early 1800s, and was practised and in its current form from 1840. It was introduced into Australia in the early 1900s and remains a successful society, with 68 chapters continuing to operate in Queensland.

From the description of 6488 Order of the Eastern Star Papers and Photographs, ca. 1920 - 2004. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 755791333

The Order of the Eastern Star is a women's off-shoot of the international fraternity, the Freemasons. It is possibly the most prominent of a number of Masonic organisations for the partners of the exclusively male Freemasons. The Order of the Eastern Star involves similar rituals and symbolic elements to Freemasonry, and its members also participate in charitable work that is carried out by the Freemasonry Brotherhood. It is also concerned with spiritual and moral values, teaching and encouraging moral and social standards, and has strong religious overtones.

The Maroochy Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star began in 1960, and initially did not have its own meeting place until 1965 when a hall at Kiamba was purchased and removed to Yandina. The hall was dedicated in 1967 and named Edmond's Memorial Hall. Over the years, subsequent improvements were carried out on the hall. The Maroochy Chapter closed in 2005. The property was closed and the building was demolished. The Maroochy Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star made many contributions and donations to several charitable organisations during its life, including the Blue Nurses, the Red Cross, the Cancer and Leukaemia Foundations, and the Helicopter Rescue Squad, for example.

From the description of 6274 Order of the Eastern Star, Maroochy Chapter Records, 1960-2005. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 755789429

The Order of the Eastern Star is a women's off-shoot of the international fraternity, the Freemasons that is also open to men. It is possibly the most prominent of a number of Masonic organisations for the partners of the exclusively male Freemasons. The Order of the Eastern Star involves similar rituals and symbolic elements to Freemasonry, and its members also participate in charitable work that is carried out by the Freemasonry Brotherhood. It is also concerned with spiritual and moral values, teaching and encouraging moral and social standards, and has strong religious overtones.

The organisation had its origins in Europe during different periods in Masonic history. Masonry for women, or 'Adoptive Lodges' were organised by women such as the widow of Charles I of England, and the daughter of Henry IV. The sister of Louis XIII of France is said to be the author of Adoptive Masonry in the 17th Century. She is said to have formed a society of women in which members communicated using signs and passwords. In Russia in 1712, the Czarina, Catherine, was permitted to found the Order of St Catherine and was proclaimed its Grand Mistress. This organisation was an Order of Knighthood specifically for women and is considered to have been a somewhat Masonic body in character: the Masons have a grand official that overlooks the organisation as a whole with the title, 'Patron'.

Contemporary Adoptive Lodges have continued this trend with members in high level positions holding titles including Matron and Associate Matron. In the 1700s, four Grand Mistresses are recorded to have ruled over the Order of St John of Jerusalem, which is regarded as mirroring early Masonry. An Order of Perseverance was established in France in 1771 by male and female members of the nobility, and in 1775 Adoptive Masonry was established in France when the Duchess of Bourbon was appointed Grand Mistress of the organisation. The status in which Adoptive Masonry was regarded at the time is evidenced by the illustrious and resplendent nature of the event. In 1801, Adoptive Masonry was established in Holland until it was banned some years later.

The organisation received a new life, however, in America when it was introduced into that country in the early 1800s, and was practised and in its current form from 1840. It was introduced into Australia in the early 1900s and remains a successful society, with 68 chapters continuing to operate in Queensland

From the description of 7554 Order of the Eastern Star, Miles Chapter Records, 1929 ; 1970-2006. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 755760325

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creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. 6274 Order of the Eastern Star, Maroochy Chapter Records, 1960-2005. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Anselm Holcomb Barker : [collection] : 1849-1966 ;. History Colorado
referencedIn Adams, Wilhelmina F. (Wilhelmina Ferris), d. 1987. Wilhelmina F. Adams papers : additions, [ca. 1930]-1981. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Williamson, Harry A. (Harry Albro), 1875-1965. Harry A. Williamson papers, 1831-1965. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Prudhomme Family Papers, 1765-1997 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Order of the Eastern Star.  Easton, Massachusetts Minutes, 1920-1954, 1920-1927, 1947-1954 Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Historical Society of Southern California Collection - Veda Kemper photograph album [graphic], 1935-1945, (bulk 1935-1938). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Wilhelmina F. Adams papers : additions, ca. 1930]-1981 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. Order of the Eastern Star records, 1920-1936. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Zimmerman House (Gresham, Or.). Zimmerman House collection, [18--]-[19--]. Zimmerman House
referencedIn Wood, Owen L. Wood family collection, 1877-1960. Museum of New Mexico Library
referencedIn Irion, Nell K. Papers, 1916-1944. University of Idaho Library
referencedIn McMeans, Della, 1847-1908. Papers. Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Heinz History Center Detre Library and Archives
referencedIn History: Starke County, Indiana, 1986 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
referencedIn Wood Family Collection, 1877-1960 New Mexico History Museum. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library.
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. 7554 Order of the Eastern Star, Miles Chapter Records, 1929 ; 1970-2006. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Order of the Eastern Star. Eastern Star Club (Easton, Mass.). Order of the Eastern Star. Easton, Massachusetts Minutes 1920-1954 1920-1927, 1947-1954. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Francis Bannerman Sons, Inc. Records, 1855-1973. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Arnett, R. Emmett (Robert Emmett), 1861-1944. Arnett Biographical notes and clippings 1878-1950. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Billings, Addie Melvina Stephenson, 1858-1948. Papers, 1875-1948 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn William V.S. Tubman Papers, 1904-1992 Liberian Collectionshttp://www.onliberia.org
referencedIn Order of the Eastern Star. Easton, Massachusetts, 1920-1954, 1920-1927, 1947-1954 Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star records, 1976-2005 Western Washington University Heritage Resources
referencedIn Bates, Leota. Papers, 1903,1975. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. Order of the Eastern Star collection, 1940-1956. New Mexico State Library
referencedIn [Michigan Masonic publications]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Vyzralek, Frank. Frank Vyzralek collection, 1915-1980. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
referencedIn Rolston family. Rolston family papers, ca. 1909-1924. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. Order of the Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth, Saginaw, Michigan chapters collection, 1922-1960. Public Libraries of Saginaw
referencedIn Roeseler, Madeline Mashino. Madeline Mashino Roeseler Interview April 23, 2008. Montana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. 27006 Order of the Eastern Star Records- Harmony Chapter, 1959. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection, Bulk, 1900-1940, 1845-1997 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Michigan Masonic Publications, [185-]-[198-], 1950-1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Randle, Ledell Goodson, 1922-. Oral history interview with Ledell Randle, 2006 October 07. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Jones (Mary C. ) Papers 1946., 1846-1944 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Rogers, Grace Norton. Grace Norton Rogers collection, 1836-1994 (bulk 1899-1994). Hightstown-East Windsor Historical Society
referencedIn Stafford family. Stafford family papers, 1832-1989. Vermont Historical Society
referencedIn Papers, 1916-1944 University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Aird, Verlie, 1918-2007. Papers, 1951-2006 University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library
referencedIn Clara Harris Papers, S 1526. 1., 1935-1976 Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn Gill, Lillian. Lillian Gill papers, 1950s-2007. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Brodin Family History, 1809-1988 Pacific Lutheran University Archives and Special Collections/Lbrary Services
referencedIn Avant, Mamie Wade. Mamie Wade Avant papers. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Sherman, Bessie B. Bessie B. Sherman papers, 1900-1930 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library). Edwards Family papers, 1812-1945, bulk 1847-1908. Newberry Library
referencedIn Hill, Sarah Miltia, 1895-. Sarah Miltia Hill and Katherine Hill Papers, 1852-1980, 1882-1967. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn Dakota County Historical Society (Dakota County, Minn.). [South Saint Paul, Minn., Masonic and Eastern Star lodges--pamphlets, clippings, and other miscellaneous materials]. Dakota County Library
referencedIn Gannon, James T. Papers, 1885-1910. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Jones, Mary C. Jones (Mary C.) Papers, 1846-1944 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Lillian Gill papers, 1950s-2007 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Luhrs family. Luhrs family papers, 1720-1983 (bulk 1890-1975). Arizona State University Libraries
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star. 6488 Order of the Eastern Star Papers and Photographs, ca. 1920 - 2004. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Williamson, Harry A. (Harry Albro), 1875-1965. Harry A. Williamson papers : additions, 1881-1962. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Summerfield, Marie Louise. Marie Louise Summerfield papers, 1919-1937. Nevada State Historical Society
referencedIn Paddio-Johnson, Eunice, 1928-. Eunice Paddio-Johnson oral history interview, 1998. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Gilpatrick, Agnes. Papers, 1960-1979. Raymond H. Fogler Library
creatorOf Order of the Eastern Star collection, undated. Worcester Historical Museum
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associatedWith Adams, Wilhelmina F. (Wilhelmina Ferris), d. 1987. person
associatedWith Aird, Verlie, 1918-2007. person
associatedWith American Lodge of Research Free and Accepted Masons (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Kismet Temple (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Arnett, R. Emmett (Robert Emmett), 1861-1944. person
associatedWith Avant, Mamie Wade. person
associatedWith Bates, Leota. person
associatedWith Billings, Addie Melvina Stephenson, 1858-1948. person
associatedWith Brodin, Carl W. T. person
associatedWith Brooklyn Masonic Guild (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Eastern Star Club (Easton, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Elks (Fraternal order). Brooklyn Lodge No. 22 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Francis Bannerman Sons, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Altair Lodge No. 601 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Anthon Lodge No. 769 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Brooklyn Council No. 4 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Commonwealth Lodge No. 409 F. & A.M. (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Covenant Lodge No. 758 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Grand Lodge of the State of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Hyatt Lodge, No. 205 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Jamaica Lodge No. 546 F. & A.M. corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Long Island Lodge No. 382 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Marsh Lodge No. 188 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Oltmans Lodge No. 446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Stella Lodge No. 485 (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Freemasons. Sterling Lodge No. 817 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Gannon, James T. person
associatedWith Gill, Lillian. person
associatedWith Gill, Lillian. person
associatedWith Gilpatrick, Agnes. person
associatedWith Harris, Clara person
associatedWith Hill, Sarah Miltia, 1895- person
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Brooklyn Lodge No. 26 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Hannover Lodge No. 359 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lady Werder Rebekah Lodge No. 281 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Magnolia Lodge No. 166 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Roland Encampment No. 91 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Steuben Lodge No. 133 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. United Sisters Rebekah Lodge No. 59 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Werder Lodge No. 594 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Irion, Nell K. person
associatedWith Jones, Mary C. person
associatedWith Jones, Mary C. person
associatedWith Knights Templar (Masonic order). Clinton Commandery No. 14 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Knights Templar (Masonic order). Damascus Commandery No. 58 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Loewy, Benno, 1854-1919. person
associatedWith Luhrs family. family
associatedWith Macoy, Robert, 1815-1895. person
associatedWith Masonic Historical Society of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Masonic Veterans Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith McMeans, Della, 1847-1908. person
associatedWith Michigan Masonic Publications person
associatedWith Nell K. Irion person
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Alethe Chapter No. 366 (Berkeley, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Berkeley Chapter No. 178 (Berkeley, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Eastern Star Club (Easton, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Easton, Massachusetts. corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Esther Chapter No. 2 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Fort Greene Chapter No. 701 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Miriam Chapter No. 120 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Pleiades Chapter No. 205 (Flushing, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Queen Esther Grand Chapter (N.M.) corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Stella Chapter No. 29 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Order of the Eastern Star. Thousand Oaks Chapter No. 375 (Berkeley, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Paddio-Johnson, Eunice, 1928- person
associatedWith Prudhomme family. family
associatedWith Randle, Ledell Goodson, 1922- person
associatedWith Roeseler, Madeline Mashino. person
associatedWith Rogers, Grace Norton. person
associatedWith Rolston family. family
associatedWith Royal Arcanum. General Putnam Council No. 1446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Royal Arch Masons. Brooklyn Chapter No. 148 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
associatedWith Royal Arch Masons. Orient Chapter No. 138. corporateBody
associatedWith Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Aurora Grata Lodge of Perfection. corporateBody
associatedWith Sherman, Bessie B. person
associatedWith Society of the Sons of St. George. Grand Lodge of the State of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Stafford family. family
associatedWith Summerfield, Marie Louise. person
correspondedWith Tubman, William V.S. person
associatedWith Upshaw, Mae W. person
associatedWith Vyzralek, Frank. person
associatedWith Williamson, Harry A. (Harry Albro), 1875-1965. person
associatedWith Wood, Owen L. person
associatedWith Wood, Owen L., 1883-1971 person
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Washington (State)
California--Alameda County
New Mexico
California--Berkeley
Subject
Order of the Eastern Star--Miles Chapter--Records and correspondence
Women and freemasonry--Washington (State)--History--Sources
Community life--Washington (State)--History--Sources
Fraternal organizations--Washington (State)--History--Sources
Associations, institutions, etc
City and Town Life
Fraternal organizations
Religious institutions
Order of the Eastern Star--Maroochy Chapter--Records and correspondence
Freemasonry--Washington (State)--History--Sources
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