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Ladies of the Oriental Shrine promoted fellowship, betterment of members

Posted March 18, 2016

group photo of women in distinctive dress

In honor of Women’s History Month, each week in March Fort Worth Flashback will take a look at the role of women in our city’s history.

In this 1949 photo, members of the Nyanca Court Ladies of the Oriental Shrine are gathered at an annual meeting of the Grand Council.

This may mark the annual Fort Worth visit of Grand High Priestess Mrs. Ralph Shaw of Ohio, who was honored at a meeting at the South Side Commandary Hall.

Established in 1938, the Nyanca Court was the 34th court in the nation and the first in Texas. The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, founded in 1914, promotes the “sociability, good fellowship and the betterment” of its members.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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