How the Moose fraternal organization was founded in the late 1800s with the modest goal of offering men an opportunity to gather socially,
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Moosehaven, the "City of Contentment," is a 63-acre community maintained be the loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose for retired members and their spouses.
Mooseheart, the famed Moose "City of Children," is a home and school owned and maintained by Moose.
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Loyal Order of
Moose/Women of the Moose
Loyal Order of Moose for men, founded in 1888 in Louisville,
Kentucky; re-organized in 1906 under the leadership of future
U.S. Sen. James J. Davis.
Women of the Moose, founded in 1913 as an auxiliary
organization, now considered an integral unit of the Order.
Nonsectarian and nonpolitical
Roughly 2,000 lodges in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and
Great Britain, and total membership of nearly 1 million.
Women of the Moose membership exceeds 500,000 in more than 1,600
International headquarters at Mooseheart, Illinois, USA.
Founded on July 27, 1913.
Established to provide a home for children of members of the
Order who have lost one or both parents and other qualified
orphaned or dependent children; since 1994, applications
welcomed from ANY family in need.
Located in the beautiful Fox River Valley, 38 miles west of
Consists of approximately 1,000 campus-like acres upon which 115
buildings have been constructed.
completely self-contained community known throughout North
America as "The Child City."
Mooseheart has its own bank, power plant, schools, church,
health center, auditorium, Post Office, stadium, recreational
More than 11,000 children have resided at Mooseheart since 1913.
Current student population is about 250.
Children live with Family Teachers, often husband and wife in
individual buildings designed to emulate single-family homes.
Mooseheart children are given a complete academic education as
accredited by the Illinois Department of Education, from
kindergarten through high school; plus vocational training, and
complete religious instruction in whatever faith prevailed in
their families before coming to Mooseheart.
Mooseheart was one of the pioneers in the field of vocational
training at the high school level. Mooseheart High School
students today have a variety of trades from which to choose,
including individually tailored co-op programs with either
campus work functions and area businesses.
Mooseheart's magnificent House of God, built in 1950 at a cost
of $2 million, is one of the world's finest examples of
interdenominational church architecture.
resident Protestant minister, and an attending Catholic priest,
provide religious instructions and conduct religious services at
Mooseheart; children of other faiths attend services in
Anyone planning to take a trip to Chicago should be encouraged
to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Mooseheart. Please
call first at (630) 859-2000 ext. 3601.
Founded in 1922 , known as the "City of Contentment."
Established to provide a home for dependent aged Moose men and
women and their spouses.
Located in Orange Park, Florida, on the St. John's River, 15
miles south of Jacksonville.
is a community comprising several single-story residences, a
LifeCare Center, a state-of-the-art assisted-living complex
completed in 2002, indoor pool and fitness center, community
building, commissary, and shops, and a chapel for all faiths.
Residences are designed expressly for the convenience and
comfort of seniors. Each residence has its own kitchen and
Moosehaven resident is offered the opportunity for meaningful
work (appropriate to their own physical abilities), and receives
an allowance each month.
Complete facilities are provided in the Michigan Recreation
Building and New York Healthplex to supplement outdoor
recreation activities such as fishing, boating, shuffleboard,
picnics and trips to nearby sporting and entertainment events as
well as points of interest.
than 3,000 aged senior Moose men and women have been admitted to
the "City of Contentment."
Present population is about 400.
Anyone planning a trip to northeast Florida should be encouraged
to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Moosehaven. Just
call (904) 278-1210 first