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The First Time Estero Became a Village

Estero, Florida first became a village after a meeting of all area registered voters in September 1904, before the general election that year. The Koreshans even created a town seal: the sun rising over a waterscape with a swan floating on the water, at the top, a six-pointed star representing the Seal of Solomon. The Koreshans […]

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Photo of Early Koreshan Unity Women

Why Were Most of Teed’s Followers Women?

Why did so many Victorian-era women become Koreshans, at one point comprising almost eighty percent of the Koreshan Unity membership? Was it the lure of Teed’s new religion that promised immortality, or were other factors at play? Women were regarded as little more than the property of their husbands for much of history. In Teed’s […]

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Women’s Suffrage and the Koreshan Unity

Beginning in the 1880s, the Koreshan Unity Settlement, with its fundamental beliefs in equity between men and women, took up the banner of woman’s suffrage with numerous newspaper articles, public speaking events and theatrical performances addressing the topic of equity for women. In the photograph with this post, a group of Koreshans perform a play […]

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Cyrus Teed In the Army

In 1862 at the age of twenty-two, a young medical student named Cyrus Teed enlisted in the Union Army and joined the New York Infantry of the New York volunteers. In 1863, by then a Corporal, Teed was assigned to Brigade Headquarters where he served as special aide to acting General Woodford. Some sources indicate […]

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