Wisdom of Solomon 3:15
Anna Ward Brouse (1855-1912) From the collection of Terri Lipman
The Wardens is a nondenominational organization started in the late nineteenth century by Anna Ward Brouse. Her early history is vague but it is believed that she was born in Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) in 1855. Anna travelled to Pennsylvania as a youth and at the age of twenty three she was struck by visions depicting a society of outcasts in sixteenth century Germany. Moved by the beauty, strength and wisdom of these long dead people, Anna revealed their practices and beliefs to a growing society of her own.
Although the Wardens never achieved the fame and membership of the Freemasons or Orangemen, the elegant values brought down to us from Anna Ward Brouse are perhaps what the twenty first century has been waiting for.
To celebrate the beautiful, interesting, and dynamic people, places, ideas and objects we encounter in our daily lives.
Respect for wisdom
Reverence for beauty