McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 25, 2013

Rededication of the McAlester’s Rainbow for Girls Supreme Temple is happening now

McAlester News-Capital Editor gives us a peek inside

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A rededication of the McAlester’s Rainbow for Girls Supreme Temple building is happening now.

The building was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United Stated Department of the Interior.

For the rededication the building be will open for tours after the ceremony, according to Mary Adeline Bradford supreme worthy advisor of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

The building at 315 East Carl Albert Parkway is called “significant in the area of social history as the world headquarters for the Order of the Rainbow for Girls,” according to 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.”

Bradford said it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the society because the building itself has so much historical significance not just for the organization but for the community.

In honor of the event, McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison signed a proclamation naming July 25 as International Rainbow for Girls Day in the City of McAlester.

Bradford said her organization wants to encourage the community to attend the event.

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.

Bradford said the Rainbow for Girls organization as plans to reach out the McAlester community. Besides having its members contribute to community services projects, the building will open again in December.

 “We are planning a “Festival of the Trees” for December inside the building,” she said.

She said the organization encourages its members to serve the community all year through several community service projects.

According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the 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.