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Knights Of Pythias
Knights of Pythias, Starr King Lodge, No. 81 Records
.5 linear feet (1 volume)
The collection consists of one volume of records for the Knights of Pythias' Starr King Lodge, number 81.
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of one volume of records for the Knights of Pythias’ Starr King Lodge, number 81, which contains records for meetings that were held at Castle Hall. The volume records reports of lodge meetings, including monies collected, old business, new business, election of officers, etc. These records begin on January 3, 1911 and end on November 17, 1914.
The Order of the Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian, fraternal organization that was established on February 19, 1864 in Washington D. C., by Justus H. Rathbone. Its business and operations were to be of a secret nature, and its members were required to take an oath. Established on the idea of disseminating the principles of friendship, charity and benevolence, the order was founded on the ideas of toleration of religion, obedience to law, and loyalty to the government. The organization of the Order is as follows: Worthy Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Venerable Patriarch, Worthy Scribe, Banker, Assistant Banker, and Assistant Scribe. Members are referred to as "brother", and participate in rituals in order to be awarded varying degrees.
It was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. According to the Order, charters exist in most states and provinces, and subordinate lodges are located in many cities and towns across the United States and Canada.
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Knights of Pythias
Essex (Mass. : Town)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Knights of Pythias, Starr King Lodge, No. 81 Records, MSS 7, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
This volume was purchased in 1980.
Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014.
Van Valkenburg, Jno. The Knights of Pythias Complete Manual and Textbook. Canton, Ohio: Memento Publishing Company, 1886.
Constitution and By-Laws of Peabody Lodge, No. 96, Knights of Pythias of Peabody. Peabody, MA: Peabody Press Office, 1892.