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Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Seacoast Division 1
11 Union Street
Dover, NH 03820


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History of the LAOH

The LAOH was organized in Omaha, Neb. in 1894 as "the Daughters of Erin." Minnesota proudly claims the organization's first charters in the country.

In 1906 at the AOH National Convention in New York, the ladies auxiliary was given the right to elect national officers and to draft a constitution. Anna Claire Malia Ruddy of Scranton, PA was elected as the First National President of the LAOH.

By 1908 there were 56,000 members in 33 states. Advancement was rapid during the early years. Charitable works increased. Divisions established sick and death benefits, the unemployed were assisted, and Irish immigrant girls were given needed support. Masses honoring St. Patrick and St. Brigid flourished and, in order to create more interest in Irish history, the Annual Writing Contest was instituted.

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a fraternal, charitable organization, promoting the ideals, perpetuating the history and traditions of the Irish people, and promoting Irish culture. In addition to all the major projects in which they are involved, the Order has made significant contributions to various local and national charities, assisted in appeals for the retired religious, and sponsored scholarships.