On September 23, 1894, members of what would become Bethlehem Shrine #1, IL met to form a committee to take the steps necessary to procure a charter from the State of Illinois for a Supreme Shrine; a separate charter was also procured to arrange the first subordinate shrine (#1, IL). Under seal of William H Hinrichsen, Secretary of State of the Department of State of the State of Illinois, dated October 23, 1894, the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem was founded. The term “White” has nothing to do with race or racial makeup of the Order. Rather, it refers to the purity of the life of Jesus Christ. Neither is it connected to the Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine (AAOMS) to which some Master Masons (Shriners) belong.