Order of the Eastern Star
A charitable and benevolent society to which only Master Masons, their wives, widows, sisters and daughters are eligible. Its teachings are founded on the Holy Bible. Its total membership is nearly 200,000, about 160,000 in teh United States, and very small elsewhere, the majority being women. Its symbolism centres about the five-pointed star and the pentagon, or signet of Solomon. It is proper to explain that this Order is not Freemasonry, and is in no way connected with it. It was created by Freemasons, and only members of the Masonic Fraternity and women relatives of the latter may join it.
Source: The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, 1907.
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