Royal Neighbors launches Historical Digital Museum

Royal Neighbors of America, a fraternal benefit society and one of the largest women-led life insurers in the U.S., celebrated its 128-year anniversary on Tuesday, March 21, during Women’s History Month.  

To celebrate its anniversary, Royal Neighbors launched a robust Historical Digital Museum that features information on its camps, chapters, leaders, timeline of current events, and archived historical documents, articles, and photos. The museum is ever-changing with new content, highlighting the rich history of its organization and members, as well as the impact made on local communities. It even hosts a photo from when Royal Neighbors of America was originally chartered.

“Given the history of Royal Neighbors, we teamed up with HistoryIT to create a dynamic historical timeline to showcase the contributions of women throughout American history and Royal Neighbors’ advancements from its humble beginnings in 1895,” said Zarifa Reynolds, Royal Neighbors CEO and president. “Our Historical Digital Museum highlights milestones such as our Fraternal Fund in 1921, purchase of $1 Million of War Bonds during WWII in 1942, development of the Help to Hear Project in 1959, and more recently launched programs such as the Difference Maker Fund in 2016 and RoyalConnect this past December. 

“It is an amazing resource that celebrates the trailblazing past of Royal Neighbors and highlights our vision to continue to support women and communities in the future,” she added in a news release. 

Women’s History Month highlights the achievements of women in history and recognizes the women who have changed the world in so many ways.

“We are committed to making a meaningful and lasting impact for women and their communities,” said Royal Neighbors Director of Philanthropy Amy Jones. “In this work, there is so much to celebrate. Our members are leaders in their local communities, volunteering to feed the hungry, mentoring young girls in afterschool programs, serving the homeless, and more. During this Women’s History Month and throughout the year, you can find artifacts that celebrate the impact of our memberships from 120 years ago and last month.”

Kristen Gwinn-Becker, founder and CEO of HistoryIT, said the company is honored “to digitally preserve their important and impactful history.” 

“The work they have done over the past 130 years to provide equal access to insurance aligns with our own mission, and we are happy to support it,” she said, adding “The team at HistoryIT team is proud to help save and share the legacy of such an altruistic business.”


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