This short film, likely from the 1940s, is from the Loyal Order of Moose, the family fraternity, and gives members an update on two of the order’s major projects: Mooseheart and Moosehaven. An aerial view shows Mooseheart, IL (00:27). The film takes viewers on a tour of the city of Mooseheart, with large homes and tree-lined avenues. Mooseheart kids relax in a parlor; some eat in a dining room. Young boys work in the fields next to Mooseheart (01:53). The film shows Mooseheart High School (02:18) and the town’s elementary school. Young children sit in a classroom (02:47). Boys work in a machine shop while girls work in a beauty parlor; the children of Mooseheart learn various trades. A student band plays in the stands (03:35). Viewers are given a look at Mooseheart Hospital; a nurse moves an x-ray machine over a patient (04:12). At Mooseheart Stadium, the boys’ varsity football team takes on a rival high school. Women dive into a swimming pool. A boy stands over a little waterfall (05:10). Mooseheart Cathedral features its Tower of Tolerance (05:24); the structure hosts a Catholic chapel and a Protestant chapel. Inside, stained-glass windows adorn the building. Little kids play in Mooseheart’s “baby village,” a playground with a little splashpad (06:35). The second project featured in the film is the newly built community for elder members. Moosehaven is located in Florida on the banks of St. John’s River (07:30). The film shows the campus and residential rooms of the community, as well as some of the common rooms. There is a specialized health center (08:34), the Moosehaven Community Building, and a dairy facility. A man sits in a barber chair for a haircut. A woman carries a cake to a group picnic (10:15). Men and women play on an outdoor shuffleboard court. Women participate in a sewing circle. The film concludes by showing signs of the various buildings at Moosehaven.
The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 1 million men in roughly 2,400 Lodges, in all 50 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces as well as Bermuda; along with its female organization, Women of the Moose with more than 400,000 members in roughly 1,600 Chapters in the same areas and the Loyal Order of Moose in Britain these organizations make up the Moose International. It is headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois.
Moose International supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City & School, a 1,023-acre (4.14 km2) community for children and teens in need, located 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 63-acre (250,000 m2) retirement community for its members near Jacksonville, Fl. Additionally, the Moose organization conducts numerous sports and recreational programs, in local Lodge/Chapter facilities called either Moose Family Centers or Activity Centers, in the majority of 44 State and Provincial Associations, and on a fraternity-wide basis.
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