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July 2, 2013

Rainbow Girls building added to National Register

McALESTER — McAlester’s Rainbow for Girls Supreme Temple building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places recently.

“The building at 315 East Carl Albert Parkway is significant in the area of social history as theworld headquarters for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls,” said Linda Ozan, public relations director for the Oklahoma Historical Society.

“It is also significant in the area of architecture as an excellent example of mid-twentieth-century, Moderne architecture and as the international temple for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.”

The McAlester temple was originally opened and dedicated in 1951 by the Rev. W. Mark Sexson a freemason who founded the organization in 1922.

The first assembly had 171 members and has now grown an to an order of more than 10,000 members worldwide, according gorainbow.org.

The temple serves as the central hub for IORG’s 850 Assemblies worldwide including 47 states and eight countries.

“Built for Rainbow Girls by Rainbow Girls, the Supreme Temple is a monument to a youth organization based on the principles of community service, and love of family, country, and nature,” according to the website.

Meanwhile the Ozan said listing in the National Register is an honorific designation that provides recognition, limited protection and, in some cases, financial incentives for these important properties.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mclesternews.com.

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