Beulah Lodge - Free and Accepted Masons
Sunbeam Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Star was organized in this house in 1866.

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Organization in the world to which both women and men can belong. Its goal is to provide an organization where women and men with high moral and social character can contribute time, energy, and wisdom for the good of all mankind throughout the world.


The Order of the Eastern Star was founded by Dr. Rob Morris in the late 1800’s. As a Master Mason, Dr. Morris had the idea it would be nice to have a way for female relatives of Master Masons to share the benefits of knowledge and self-improvement that Freemasonry made available to men and to have a place in the Masonic Family that would allow men and women to participate together.

The Sunbeam Chapter No. 1 sprang forth in May, 1875 from the Sunbeam Constellation No. 83 which had been chartered on April 19th, 1866 in Mt. Vernon Indiana. Currently the charter for Sunbeam Chapter No. 1 is located in the Beulah Masonic Lodge 578 office. Sunbeam’s first meeting was held January 7th, 1868. Learn more here