Saturday, July 8, 2017

Exeter History: R.N.A.

This photo was graciously provided by the Exeter Public Library.

Online research indicates that R.N.A. (Royal Neighbors Association) was formed by women in 1895 when they could not vote, own property or purchase life insurance.  They often supported the suffragette movement and the group was initially started by wives of members of the fraternal order Modern Woodmen of America.  According to "This is Exeter," the Exeter chapter of the Royal Neights of America was organized in 1897 was a charter membership of 22.  "At one time the R.N.A. in Exeter had a precision drill team which perfomed at many celebrations locally and in other towns.  The Milligan and Cordova lodges transferred to Exeter Camp 504."

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