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Title:
Knights of Pythias, Alberta Grand Lodge fonds

Date(s):
1903-1988

Physical Description:
2 m of textual records

History:
The Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington, DC, USA in 1864 by Justus H. Rathbone. As a fraternal organization its primary aim was to promote friendship among people and to relieve suffering. The key principlesa of the order are "Friendship, Charity and Benevolence" and the basis for its lessons and ritual is the story of the friendship of Damon and Pythias. The organization conists of a Supreme Lodge which has representatives from the grand lodges (ususally contiguous with states or provinces) which in turn have representatives from subordinate lodges based at the local level. There are three auxiliaries: the Pythian Sisters (women's auxiliary), Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan (Dokeys -- the "playground" of the order, with the Nomads of Avraduka as their women's auxiliary), and the Junior Order Knights of Pythias (for young men in their teens). The first lodge in Canada was formed in 1870 and at the height of the orders activity in the 1950s and 1960s there were over 140 lodges. The order operates seniors homes and contributes to disaster relief. Local lodges carry on extensive philanthropic undertakings in their own communities. The Grand Lodge of Alberta was established in 1908. It was disbanded in the 1990s.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes, financial records, membership ledgers, etc., of the Grand Lodge and subordinate lodges, including groups in Coaldale, Nemiskam, Elnora, Edmonton, Sibbald, Calgary, Carbon, Claresholm, Drumheller, Nobleford, Vauxhall, Eckville, Edmonton, Leslieville, Caroline, Gleichen, Delia, Sweetgrass, Lethbridge, Blairmore, Okotoks, Oyen, Standard, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Coleman, Gibbons, Innisfail, and Hillcrest.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Ken Ruttle, 1997.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/pythias.cfm

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8564

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