Order of the Eastern Star

The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal order related to the Masons. One of the only fraternal organization open to both men and women, the Order boasts a membership of close to a half-million people. It was formed by Rob Morris in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850. Notable members include Clara Barton and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

The points of the star represent five heroines from the Old and New Testaments: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa. The letters FATAL stand for the motto of the Order, “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely.”

 

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