The Royal Arcanum, a fraternal benefit society, organized in Massachusetts in 1872. This ribbon badge includes a crown and a ten-pointed star medallion connected by a pale blue grosgrain ribbon. The stylized letters on the center of the medallionMVCrepresent the motto of the society, "Mercy, virtue and charity." The ribbon badge dates from between 1875 and 1920.
The Royal Arcanum provides fraternal events, educational
programs community service and insurance in some states (currently not including
Michigan) and two Canadian provinces. It was an active organization in Lansing,
Michigan, at one timesee our Lansing 1897 exhibit.
From the collections of the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing,
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