Women and Freemasonry & Fraternalism

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Although denied membership in mainstream Anglo-American Masonic lodges, women have participated in a variety of fraternal groups in the United States. Both as members and in leadership positions, American women have a rich history of participation in temperance and other fraternal organizations, as well as women’s Masonic auxiliary groups. This collection brings together some items from our collection that document this history.



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Letter from George Austin Bowen to Estella H. Barnes, 1893 July 14
Letter from George Austin Bowen to Estella H. Barnes. Dated July 14, 1893. In this letter, George A. Bowen, Master of the State Grange of Connecticut, discusses the complications of holding office with Estella H. Barnes of the State Committee of…

Eighth annual grandmothers' and grandfather's night invitation addressed to Mrs. Marion Neeb, 1939 October 9
An eighth annual grandmothers' and grandfather's night invitation addressed to Mrs. Marion Neeb. Dated October 9, 1939. This invitation invites Marion Neeb to the eighth annual grandmothers' and grandfather's night held by Areme Chapter, No. 147, of…

Sock social invitation to Mrs. Benjamin F. Joy, 1904 February 25
A sock social invitation from the Freemasons of Westbrook to Mrs. Benjamin F. Joy. Dated February 25, 1904. This sock social invitation invites Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Joy to the Masonic fair at Westbrook, Maine. The practice of sock socials…
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