We were both so busy over Memorial Day weekend at different cemeteries and with our families that we did not have time to finish our research for the planned episode this week. However, we have a very special return guest with a fascinating story joining us next week and we will be able to return to our regularly scheduled program! We humbly apologize and we thank you for sticking with us on all of our Ordinary Extraordinary Cemetery journeys. Until we meet again!
April 27, 2023

Episode 132 - The Independent Order of Odd Fellows: From Its Origins to Modern-Day Practices

Episode 132 - The Independent Order of Odd Fellows: From Its Origins to Modern-Day Practices

Fraternal organizations have a long and rich history throughout the world and especially in America. This week Jennie and Dianne begin a new series of episodes dedicated to the many fraternal organizations whose symbols often grace headstones and who even have cemeteries of their own. In this episode they discover the secrets and history of one of the world's oldest fraternal organizations, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Join them as they delve into the Ordinary Extraordinary origins, rituals, and values of this unique brotherhood. Don't miss out on this eye-opening journey into the world of Friendship, Love and Truth.

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Resources used to Research this episode include:


Grand Lodge, The Sovereign. "Home." https://odd-fellows.org/. odd-fellows.org/. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

Grand Lodge, The Sovereign. "History." https://odd-fellows.org/. odd-fellows.org/history/. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

Ross, Theo A. "History of American Odd Fellowship." https://odd-fellows.org. odd-fellows.org/history/wildeys-odd-fellowship/. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

Grand Lodge, The Sovereign. "Our Mission." https://odd-fellows.org. odd-fellows.org/about/our-mission/. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

Raymond, Chris. "Cemetery Symbols." https://www.funeralhelpcenter.com. 1 Sep. 2020. www.funeralhelpcenter.com/cemetery-headstone-symbols-three-chain-links/#:~:text=The%20three%2Dlink%20chain%20is,represent%20friendship%2C%20love%20and%20truth. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

Wolfe, J. Kevin. "Fraternal Societies and the Business of Death ." https://wolfewithane.com. 11 Apr. 2021. wolfewithane.com/secret-societies-and-death. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.

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Kreuger, Bill. "American Fraternalism in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries." https://www.thesquaremagazine.com. 1 June 2022. www.thesquaremagazine.com/mag/article/202211american-fraternalism-in-the-19th-and-early-20th-centuries/. Accessed 23 Apr. 2023.