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Order of the Eastern Star, Coldwater, Michigan, Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3242

Scope and Contents

The scrapbooks range in age from 1947 until 1977. The newsletters are from 1955 to 1977. The Tyre Lodge newsletters are from 1997-2000. The Coldwater Chapter, Number 1, Order of the Eastern Star is noted as the "Oldest Chapter in the World."


  • Creation: 1947-2000


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


1 Cubic Feet

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The collection is filled with scrapbooks documenting the activities of the Coldwater, Michigan Chapter, Number 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES). Also included are newsletters from the Chapter along with newsletters from the Tyre Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons also from Coldwater.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1.0 cubic feet. There are three scrapbooks from 1947 until 1977. They are filled with newspaper clippings, photographs and other memorabilia. The three scrapbooks are in a large box. Additionally there are eight folders filled with mimeographed newsletters. The condition of the collection varies. The newspaper articles in the scrapbooks are yellowed and brittle but the other items are in good condition. Photographs for the most part are identified. All items are adhered to the scrapbook either by tape or photo corners. The paper they are mounted on is thin and yellowed. Acid-free paper has been placed between pages. The newsletters are yellowed but in good condition.

Order of the Eastern Star, Coldwater, Michigan, Collection Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490