15 March 2016 Order of the Eastern Star Celebrated

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The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum will officially open its latest exhibition celebrating the Sawtell chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, at 10 am on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

The Order of the Eastern Star has a unique and fascinating history. Emerging in Europe in the 1830s, the Order is based on masonic rituals and beliefs, but is also informed by Christianity. Consequently it is rich with the material culture of both austere aspects of Christianity and the elaborate costume and symbolism of the Masons.

The fundamental goal of the Order is that members strive to improve the society in which they live and also to attain self-improvement. The Sawtell Chapter presents a good example of their work as it worked tirelessly to raise funds for the local community until its closure in 2011. 

The new exhibition features the white gowns which adherents wore to meetings along with the opulent and colourful sashes, adorned with jewels, which represented the various ranks members earned through their service.

A morning tea for all former member and their families will be held at the opening event.

The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 22 March 2016 until the end of April at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, 215A Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. Normal admission prices apply, $5 per adult under 16 years free.