|British Columbia (Cariboo Regional District), Barkerville — Chee Kung Tong Building|
|This rare example of a 19th century Chinese benevolent society hall conformed to a Chee Kung Tong tradition that placed services to members on the ground floor and formal functions above. With its hostel, kitchen, and meeting and ceremonial spaces, this hall offered members a refuge where they could find support, work, and shelter. The benevolent services, ceremonies and celebrations, and membership rules of the Chee Kung Tong fostered a sense of belonging in many Chinese and helped promote . . . — Map (db m42533) HM|
|British Columbia (Greater Vancouver Regional District), Vancouver — Chinese Freemasons Building — City of Vancouver Heritage Building — Architect: Samuel Buttrey Birds (1913)|
|The Chi Kung Tong, later the Chinese Freemasons, purchased this building in 1907. It included meeting rooms, a male dormitory and a Chinese school - uses common to Chinese Society Buildings. The Chi Kung Tong assisted early immigrants from China who took part in the Cariboo gold rush. The Freemasons were also intensively involved in the politics of China, including Dr. Sun-Yat Sen's efforts to bring democracy to his native country. Built in 1901, the building blends Victorian style along the . . . — Map (db m53798) HM|
|Ontario (Middlesex County), London — Harold A. Rogers, O.C., O.B.E. — 1899 - 1994|
|The founder of Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada was born and raised at 324 Dundas Street, directly across from the armouries. Seeking the camaraderie he had experienced in the army during the First World War, “Hal” Rogers began the first Kinsmen Club in Hamilton in 1920. Under his guidance other clubs soon formed, each dedicated to “serving the community's greatest need.” Ongoing contributions from women prompted the formation of the Kinettes in 1942. During the Second . . . — Map (db m18933) HM|
|Ontario (Middlesex County), London — London South African War Memorial — 1899 - 1902|
|“In Honour of the Men from the London District who Fought for the Empire in South Africa, and in Memory of Those Who Fell.”
1899 - 1902
Pte. D. L. Moore, R.C.R.- Feb 14th, 1900
Pte. J. A. Donegan, 26th M.Lt.I.- Feb 18th, 1900
Pte. R. Smith, 26th M.Lt.I.- Feb 18th, 1900
Pte. W. G. Adams, 7th Regt. Fus.- April 16th, 1900
Pte. F.G.W. Floyd, 7th Regt. Fus.- May 10th, 1900
Pte. E. Mullins, R.C.R.I.- June 11th, 1900
Royal . . . — Map (db m18927) HM|
|Yukon Territory, Dawson City — Arctic Brotherhood Hall — 1901-2001|
|The Arctic Brotherhood was a fraternal organization formed onboard the steamer Seattle while anchored at Skagway. In 1901 Camp #4 Dawson City built a fraternity hall, known as the Arctic Brotherhood Hall to host their meetings as well as uphold their mandates to promote sociability and the interests of the members and the northland. Over the years the building was the centre of Dawson’s most important social gatherings. The City of Dawson obtained title to the building in 1951 and operated it . . . — Map (db m49348) HM|
|Estonia, Harjumaa MaakondTallinn — Mustpeade Maja — [Tallinn House of Black Heads] — PIKK 26|
| Text in Estoninan: ...
Text in English:
The Tallinn Brotherhood of Black Heads, established in 1399, leased the Pikk Street building in 1517 and added a big festive hall to it in 1531-32, the initial ornament paintings of which can still be seen in the windows.
In 1597, the façade was renovated by the builder-stonecutter Arent Passer. In addition to the coat of arms of the brotherhood that bears the picture of St. Mauritius, the stone décor also represents the portraits . . . — Map (db m57007) HM|
|Philippines, Manila, Ermita — Associacion Feminista Filipina — Philippine Feminist Association|
|Founded on 30 June 1905 in Manila at the Initiative Concepcion Felix and with the collaboration of Trinidad Rizal, Clemencia Lopez, Bonifacia Delgado de Barretto, Maria Arevalo, Sofia Reyes, Helen C. Wilson, Paz Natividad VDA. de Zulueta, Maria F. de Villamor, Teresa Solis and Agueda and Jacoba Paterno. It was the first woman's club in the Philippines dedicated to the promotion of social welfare and the encouragement of the participation of women in public affairs. The first president was . . . — Map (db m25095) HM|
|Alabama (Baldwin County), Fort Morgan — Noble Leslie DeVotie|
|(Obverse): First Alabama soldier to lose life in Civil War.
DeVotie graduated in 1856 from University of Alabama; Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Princeton in 1859. In 1856 at the University of Alabama, he was chief founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, the only national social fraternity founded in the Deep South.
(Reverse): First Alabama soldier to die in Civil War.
Drowned Feb. 12, 1861 while on duty as chaplain of Alabama troops here. Before enlisting he was . . . — Map (db m4219) HM|
|Alabama (Chambers County), LaFayette — Chambers County War Memorial|
|In memory of Chambers Co. veterans who gave their lives in following wars:
World War I [west face] (list of names)
World War II [east and south faces](list of names)
Korean and Vietnam Conflicts [north face] (lists of names) — Map (db m18163) WM|
|Alabama (Covington County), Florala — Downtown Square and Veterans Memorial Park|
|The name Florala came from combining the names of Florida and Alabama. Lake Jackson, located in Florala, is the state's largest natural lake. It is named for Andrew Jackson, who in 1818 camped on the lake with his soldiers while en route to Pensacola. James Edwin Hughes, best known as the "Father of Florala," arrived int he area in December 1865. He created a homestead and began settling this community. Since 1870, the City of Florala, through Florala's Fidelity Masonic Lodge No. 685 and . . . — Map (db m39776) HM|
|Alabama (Jefferson County), Hoover — Lover’s Leap — 1827 - 1973|
|The poetic lines inscribed on the boulder below is a replica of those carved in 1827 by Thomas W. Farrar.
Thomas W. Farrar was the Founder and first Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Alabama 1821-22-24.
This historical site donated to the public by Jones W. Schwab in 1935.
The work was done and fence provided by Thomas W. Martin and George B. Ward. — Map (db m28490) HM|
|Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — The American Legion — 1919|
|Side A The American Legion, an organization of U.S. War Veterans was founded in Paris, France, March 15~17, 1919 by delegates from combat and service units of the American Expeditionary Force assembled in response to a call by a committee headed by Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. A national charter was granted by Congress on September 16, 1919. The charter has been amended over the years to admit veterans of all American Wars to its membership. Nonsectarian and nonpolitical, . . . — Map (db m35220) HM|
|Alabama (Lawrence County), Courtland — American Legion - Post 58|
| Side A
On April 20, 1934, a temporary charter was issued for Gen. Joe Wheeler Post 58, Courtland, Alabama.
On November 12, 1946, a permanent charter was granted and the name changed to Wiley Horton Post 58 in honor of the deceased son of State Department Commander C.C. Horton.
(Continued on other side)
(Continued from the side)
The American Legion is the largest veterans' organization in the United States. It seeks to advance the aims and interest of all . . . — Map (db m29055) HM|
|Alabama (Madison County), Huntsville — Helion Lodge No. 1|
|First Masonic Lodge in Alabama. Chartered Aug. 29, 1811, under the Masonic Jurisdiction of Kentucky. Original building on this site erected in 1820. — Map (db m37907) HM|
|Alabama (Marshall County), Grant — Becker Hall|
|Constructed in 1937, the Florence H. Becker Recreation Hall was named in honor of Florence Hague Becker, President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution from 1935 to 1938. The vertically placed pine logs used in the construction of the building were cut from the forests of Gunter Mountain. Mr. A.M. Alred was the contractor for the original building. Thomas Hampton Smith was the contractor for the restoration of the building in 2004-2005. Becker Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. — Map (db m33312) HM|
|Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — The Mobile Bar Association — Alabama's First Bar Association|
|On March 29, 1869, 32 attorneys organized the Mobile Bar Association, the first bar association in Alabama and the 14th oldest bar association in the entire nation. They filed the Association's Declaration of Incorporation on April 12, 1869, having contributed $5,000.00 in capital, and established a law library in the City of Mobile.
P. Hamilton • Thos. A. Hamilton • Henry St. Paul • Thos. N. Macartney • H. Austill • Robt. H. Smith • Wm. G. Jones • Thos. H. Price • . . . — Map (db m40666) HM|
|Alabama (Monroe County), Perdue Hill — Masonic Lodge No. 3|
|Oldest Building in Monroe County
Erected in 1824 with funds from a public lottery. Lower floor served as a Baptist Church and a Court Room in which William B Travis, then a resident of Claiborne, practiced law. Visited by General LaFayette April 6, 1825
Moved to its present location in 1884.
Preserved by the Perdue Hill’s Womans Club — Map (db m39203) HM|
|Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — George Washington — 1776 - 1976|
|Presented to the citizens of the State of Alabama honoring our brother George Washington our first Masonic President and in commemoration of 200 years of freedom under our constitutional form of government. — Map (db m36644) HM|
|Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Marshall J. Moore House|
|In 1900, Marshall Moore and his wife, Agnes V. McClain commissioned Joseph G. Nesbitt,Sr., an African- American contractor/builder, to construct this Victorian period cottage. The Moores, among the first graduates and early faculty members of Lincoln Normal School in Marion (Perry County), moved to Montgomery in 1887 when the school was relocated here. It was re-named the State Normal School for Colored Students (now Alabama State University).
From 1936 until 1993, the house remained in the . . . — Map (db m38918) HM|
|Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Murphy House|
| Greek Revival Home built, 1851 by John H. Murphy, cotton broker and an incorporator and director of the Montgomery Water Works Company, chartered 1854. Union Army Provost Marshal's Headquarters 1865. Elks Club 1902-1967 Restored by Montgomery Water Works and Sanitary Sewer Board, 1970 — Map (db m36569) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Alpha Delta Pi — Organized May 15, 1851 — ETA Chapter March 21, 1907|
|Alpha Delta Pi, the first college secret sisterhood, was organized at Wesleyan Female College, Macon, Georgia, the first women's college to grant academic degrees. Originally identified as Adelpheans, the group had three thousand alumnae and sixty active members in 1905 when it change its name to Alpha Delta Phi (Pi in 1913) and began to expand nationally. Eta Chapter at the University of Alabama was the first chapter established in the state. Pi Kappa Kappa, the first local sorority at the . . . — Map (db m28783) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Delta Kappa Epsilon|
|marker Front: Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity first Greek letter fraternity at The University of Alabama. Organized by Louis J. DuPre, chapter installed June 20, 1847. First members initiated at Indian Queen Hotel by Charles Foote of Phi Chapter at Yale College.
ΔKE house built 1916. Because of its location is known as "The Mansion on the Hill."
Psi Chapter of Delta kappa Epsilon fraternity installed at The University of Alabama . . . — Map (db m30676) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Kappa Delta|
|Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta first national Greek letter sorority at the University of Alabama Chapter installed March 12, 1904. First members initiated in the Sigma Nu Hall by Katherine Lovejoy of Theta Chapter at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. First sorority to have Chapter in State of Alabama. Now oldest continuous Kappa Delta Chapter. — Map (db m28782) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Oliver-Barnard Hall — College of Arts and Sciences|
Named for professor, scientist, and photographer F.A.P. Barnard who pioneered the study of astronomy at The University of Alabama and established its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1851.
On August 26, 2000, rededicated Oliver-Barnard Hall in honor of alumni and friend John T. Oliver Jr., trustee of The University of Alabama, and established as a Blount Undergraduate Initiative Academic House.
During his 28 years on the Board of Trustees (1971-1999), . . . — Map (db m29402) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Sigma Alpha Epsilon|
|Founded in Tuscaloosa on the campus of the University of Alabama on March 9, 1856. Its chapter designation, Alabama Mu, identifies it as the mother chapter of the national collegiate fraternity.
Noble Leslie DeVotie •
Nathan Elams Cockrell •
Thomas Chappell Cook •
Samuel Marion Dennis •
Wade Foster •
John Webb Kerr •
Abner Edwin Patton •
John Barratt Rudulph — Map (db m29607) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Site Of Franklin Hall — (The Mound)|
|Franklin Hall, and early University dormitory designed by Capt. William Nichols, was erected on this site in 1835. Was one of the buildings destroyed by the Union raid on April 4, 1865. After Civil War the remains of structure were shaped into present mound. By early 20th century this mound had become traditional site for honorary tappings by The University.
Marker donated by Phi Mu Sorority in commemoration of its 50th anniversary at the University of Alabama. — Map (db m30677) HM|
|Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — The Little Round House|
|Constructed as a guard house for the Alabama Corps of Cadets during the early 1860's, the Little Round House provided shelter from inclement weather for cadets on sentry duty. Until 1865, it also housed the University Drum Corps, which was composed of rented slaves. One of the few University buildings not destroyed by Union forces when the campus was burned in 1865, this building became the office of the University surgeon in 1871, and was used later by non-military students as a residence. In . . . — Map (db m25387) HM|
|Alaska (Skagway County), Skagway — Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway|
|Built in 1899 as headquarters for the Arctic Brotherhood Camp Skagway No. 1. The Brotherhood was established February 26, 1899 for the purpose of fraternal enjoyment and mutual aid. Over 30 camps were established throughout Alaska and the Yukon and Northern British Columbia.
Alaska Centennial 1867 – 1867
State of Alaska
Governor Walter J. Hickel
Alaska Centennial Commission — Map (db m42949) HM|
|Arizona (Cochise County), Tombstone — Grand Army of the Republic Memorial — Tombstone, Arizona|
Dedicated May 30, 1887
In Memory of
the Comrades of
G.A.R. — Map (db m33141) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Verkamp Building — 1899|
|John G. Verkamp came to Flagstaff in the 1890’s. He first worked for the Babbitts (three of his sisters were married to Babbitt Brothers), then succeeded in a number of business on his own, including lumber, livestock and merchandising. He is best known today for the Verkamp curio store at the Grand Canyon.
In 1899, Verkamp and T.A. Rickel constructed this brick building. The men rented the upper floor to the Elks, so it was known as the Elks Hall.
The ground floor was occupied most of . . . — Map (db m59505) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Williams — Pollock Building|
|Built of locally quarried volcanic rock in 1901, this edifice housed a bank and many businesses displaced by the 1901 fire. These included the local newspaper, telegraph office, and eventually Arnold's, a famous Route 66 eatery. In 1928, the Masonic Lodge added the brick second story. — Map (db m33382) HM|
|Arizona (Graham County), Fort Thomas — Melvin Jones International Memorial|
|Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879, near this site in Fort Thomas. He lived here for the first eight years of his life, during the Indian Wars here. In 1917, Melvin Jones formed Lions Clubs International with 20 delegates representing 27 clubs in the United States. There are now Lions Clubs through out the world, providing improved vision and hearing to thousands of people each year. — Map (db m28051) HM|
|Arizona (Graham County), Safford — Womans Club of Safford — Dedicated - 1937|
of Historic Places
By the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m61512) HM|
|Arizona (Maricopa County), Glendale — Glendale Woman's Club Clubhouse — Built 1913|
|This property is listed in the
of Historic Places
By the United States Department of the Interior
Listed July 7, 1989
In 1901, a small group of pioneer women organized the Self Culture Club of Glendale with the primary focus being the betterment of themselves and the community through literary endeavors. The Club federated in the General Federation of Women's Clubs in 1902, and later became known as The Glendale Women's Club. As the population continued to . . . — Map (db m30478) HM|
|Arizona (Maricopa County), Mesa — Mesa Woman's Club House|
|On March 9, 1917, fifty-three women, inspired by Margaret Wheeler Ross, past president, 1914-1916, of the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Arizona, chartered the "Woman's Club of Mesa". Since 1901, Federated Women's Clubs, an international organization, has supported cultural and social activities, working for the betterment of family life. The Mesa group affiliated with the Federation and began in 1918 to raise funds for a club house. Distinguished by a corner turret capped with a red . . . — Map (db m27554) HM|
|Arizona (Maricopa County), Peoria — GFWC Peoria Woman's Club|
|In 1919, this building was constructed as a meeting place for the General Federation of Women's Clubs – Peoria Woman's Club.
Originally located at the northwest corner of 83rd Avenue and Washington Street, the Clubhouse was restored and relocated to its present location in 2008.
Throughout the years, the industrious club members put the building to use as a movie theater, dance hall, public library, and general gathering place to help meet the cultural and social needs of Peoria's . . . — Map (db m30401) HM|
|Arizona (Maricopa County), Tempe — Tempe Hardware Building|
|Known as the Odd Fellows Hall when it was built in 1898, this building is the oldest surviving three story brick commercial building in Maricopa County. Its 2-story high ballroom, located on the second floor, has hosted several fraternal organizations, Tempe's City Council, and served as a meeting hall for Tempe's first Mormon congregation. It was also the scene of dances, political rallies, and town meetings. Its second and third floor offices housed such diverse tenants as the State National . . . — Map (db m49913) HM|
|Arizona (Mohave County), Kingman — Elks Lodge No. 468 — Built 1903 to 1904 — modified 1913|
|This building has been placed on
The National Register of
By the United States Department of the Interior
Elks Lodge No.468
Built 1903 to 1904; modified 1913
The oldest lodge building in Kingman, this 1903-4 building was originally financed and cooperatively used by the Elks, the International Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Pythias. The first story was used as an opera house. The Richardsonian Romanesque revival style is compatible with rusticated . . . — Map (db m29405) HM|
|Arizona (Navajo County), Taylor — Daughters of the Utah Pioneers — Jane Hatch Camp dedicated in 1932|
|Construction began in 1930 by Jane Hatch, Lizzie Willis and Emma Kartchner. The building was neglected for several years and in the early 1950's seven couples agreed to save the home, which became the clubhouse for the 20-30 Club. On November 2, 1987, the LDS Church deeded the Pioneer Home to the 20-30 Club. On July 5, 1997, it was opened as the Taylor Pioneer Museum. — Map (db m36695) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Prescott — Knights of Pythias Building|
|With the exception of the Courthouse, the Knights of Pythias Building, also known as the Tilton Building, has always been the tallest building on the Plaza at 46 feet. It was dedicated on November 27, 1895, and is one of the few buildings that survived the fire of 1900. The building originally housed retail on the first floor, office space on the second floor, and a large open hall on the third floor as the meeting room of the Knights of Pythias, an early social fraternal organization attended . . . — Map (db m21625) HM|
|Arizona (Yuma County), Yuma — Masonic Temple – Lodge #17 — 1931 — National Register of Historic Places|
|Designed in the Modernistic/Art Deco style, it retains its original design and use as a lodge. Freemasonry in Yuma began in 1900. Lodge #17 was formed in November, 1901.
Dedicated December 1999, by the City of Yuma of the preservation of our heritage.
Mayor Marilyn R Young
Bobby Brooks – Karen Hill – Louise Renault
Art Everett – Frank Irr – Ema Lea Shoop
Joyce Wilson – City Administrator
Michael Steel – Director of . . . — Map (db m29022) HM|
|Arkansas (Carroll County), Eureka Springs — Spanish-American and World War Veterans Memorial|
In memory of our deceased
World War Veterans
of Carroll County
United Spanish War
1898 — Map (db m59973) HM|
|Arkansas (Washington County), Fayetteville — Archibald Yell — In Memory Of|
Born near Salisbury, North Carolina, Aug. 1797
Volunteer in Battle of New Orleans, 1815
Member of Tennessee Legislature, 1827
Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee, 1831
District Judge of Arkansas Territory, 1832-1836
Charter Member of Washington Lodge F.&A.M., 1835
Charter Member of Far West Chapter No. 1, R.A. [Royal Arch] Masons, 1841
Member of Congress from Arkansas, 1836-1840, 1844-1846
Governor of Arkansas, 1840-1844
Colonel of Arkansas Volunteers
In War with Mexico, . . . — Map (db m59891) HM|
|California (Alameda County), Berkeley — 908 — Berkeley City Club|
|The Berkeley City Club, organized in 1927, was one of the area’s earliest attempts by women to social, civic and cultural progress. The building, constructed in 1929, is one of the outstanding works of noted California architect Julia Morgan, whose successful interpretation of Moorish and Gothic elements in this monumental structure created a major landmark of California design. — Map (db m15885) HM|
|California (Alameda County), Berkeley — Elks Club Building — Walter H. Ratcliff, Architect — 1913|
|City of Berkeley Landmark
designated in 1991
Berkeley’s Elks Club, the 1002nd Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, was founded in 1905, just in time for members to assist those displaced by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Later they helped wartime survivors and needy children.
This is one of many Ratcliff buildings in Berkeley. Classical Revival style pilasters at corner bays, the projecting cornice, and oversized oak doors are in the tradition of men’s clubs of . . . — Map (db m54262) HM|
|California (Alameda County), Berkeley — Framåt Lodge #405 — Sanford G. Jackson, Architect 1927 — City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1997|
|Berkeley’s large immigrant population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included many natives of Sweden. The local chapter of the Swedish-American Vasa Order constructed this building as a lodge hall and cultural center. On November 8, 1927, Prince William of Sweden laid the cornerstone, proclaiming, “Through the magic of the melting pot you are becoming Americans and I can only admonish you to be good Swedes but even better Americans,” Framåt, the name of both the chapter . . . — Map (db m52386) HM|
|California (Alameda County), San Leandro — Masonic Temple|
|On August 21, 1909, the cornerstone (containing the lists of the Grand Officers and past Masters of Eden Lodge, documents relating to the new temple, copies of local newspapers, old coins and a Bible that had been carried by John Hamilton through three years of the Civil War) was laid by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, William Frank Pierce, who was assisted by a staff of Grand Officers.
The three story building, built of pressed brick with marble fronts for stores, was completed April . . . — Map (db m54746) HM|
|California (Alameda County), San Leandro — Masonic Temple Building — 1910|
|The Masonic Temple Building was dedicated on April 15, 1910 and still serves as the home of Eden Lodge #113 of the Freemasons. The Eden Lodge was instituted in San Leandro in 1857, the first fraternal order established here. This three-story two-part commercial block building has an asymmetrical design and a rounded corner that serves as the building’s focal point. It is an example of a historic Masonic Temple and of commercial architecture in downtown San Leandro.
Fraternal organizations . . . — Map (db m54747) HM|
|California (Amador County), Ione — Ione Parlor No. 33, N.S.G.W.|
|This building, built in the year of 1854, was originally a hardware store on the ground floor and a dance hall on the upper floor.
Ione Parlor No. 33, N.S.G.W. bought the building in the year 1884 and has continuously owned it and met here ever since.
Grand Parlor Native Sons of the Golden West
March 11, 1971
David S. Mason III, GP and President
In memory of James D. Phelan, Senator — Map (db m2380) HM|
|California (Amador County), Jackson — 2010-08 — Excelsior Parlor 31 — Native Sons of the Golden West|
|Excelsior Parlor #31 was organizes near this site on June 28, 1884. The building was the site of See & Marshall’s Circus lot in 1851, the Fireman’s Hall from 1850 through 1862 and Mat Ryan’s Saloon until purchased by the Native Sons of the Golden West. The conversion of the parlor into this two story building began in 1914. Construction was completed by the Native Son John Gubbins at a final cost of $7,715.67.
The new parlor building was dedicated on June 28, 1915, which was the 31st . . . — Map (db m42493) HM|
|California (Amador County), Jackson — 34 — Pioneer Hall|
The Order or Native Daughters
of the Golden West
was organized on these premises
The site of the
on September 1, 1886.
This tablet is placed
In memory of
the founding of the order
Ursula Parlor No. 1, N.D.G.W.
The Mother Parlor
April 12, 1932
The thirteen original signers (Sept. 11, 1886)
Lilly O. Reichling (Dyer), Founder
Ellen Boarman (Farrington) • Maggie Stasal • Rose Stasal • Nellie Fontenrose • Emma Boarman (Wright) . . . — Map (db m28039) HM|
|California (Amador County), Jackson — Wells Fargo & Co. Express and Banking Office — Erected 1855|
Dedicated to the pioneers
of California by the
Kit Carson Mountain Men
of Jackson, Amador County
June 18, 1949
An estimated $100,000,000 in
gold was handled
by this office.
Plaque provided by
Wells Fargo Bank
Union Trust Co.
Established 1852 — Map (db m27859) HM|
|California (Amador County), Sutter Creek — Levaggi Opera House|
|The front building built in 1860. The opera house was built on back in 1892 by John and Michael Levaggi, early pioneers and stone masons from Italy. Bricks used were kilned east of Sutter Creek and hauled to the site by twelve mule team. Amapola Parlor No. 80 N.D.G.W.was instituted here on April 27, 1894. The building served as an opera house for 35 years. — Map (db m29814) HM|
|California (Amador County), Volcano — Volcano Masonic Cave|
|In Memory of the Bryant Brothers
Clemens E. Bryant, Thomas L. Bryant,
Roy Bryant and Walter F. Bryant
Whose surviving relatives deeded this property
to Volcano Lodge No. 56 F. & A. M. on June 20, 1962.
Our pioneer brethren held five meetings in this
cave in 1853 when they were organizing the
Volcano Masonic Lodge.
Dedicated May 6, 1967 — Map (db m15824) HM|
|California (Butte County), Forbestown — Forbestown Lodge No. 50 F.& A.M|
|St. Louis No. 86, Polar Star No. 90
Jefferson No. 97, Gibsonville No. 151
Forbestown Lodge No. 50 F.& A.M.
chartered May 3, 1854
The slab below relic of
St. Louis Lodges, St. Louis, Sierra County, California
A.L. 5857 – A.D. 1857 — Map (db m61684) HM|
|California (Butte County), Oroville — Oroville Masonic Temple|
On the 8th day of May
In the year 2006
Oroville Lodge No. 103 F.&A.M.
In the State of California
Did celebrate 150 years
In Oroville, California
Dispensation: April 4, 1856
Chartered: May 8, 1856 — Map (db m17781) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Angels Camp — Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building — 1887|
Hope Lodge No. 33
Gold Quartz Rebekah No. 219
Calaveras Encampment No. 18
Ladies Encampment No. 18
Princess Parlor No. 84
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Est. 1895 — Map (db m19325) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Copperopolis — Congregational Church|
|The church was purchased from J. M. Pike at a cost of 12,000 dollars and dedicated on June 23rd 1866 by the Rev. Mr. Beckwith of San Francisco. The first minister was the Rev. M. A. Starr; however, the church experienced a decline in membership due to the shutting down of the mines, and it was leased to the Presbyterian Church for several years. It was again used by the Congregational Church from 1874 – 1895. In 1903, the Mineral Lodge I. O. O. F. purchased the building and re-fitted the . . . — Map (db m56523) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Copperopolis — Copperopolis Armory|
|Copperopolis Armory, built by public subscription in 1866 for 8,000 dollars, was used by the Union Guard for enlisting and training troops. In 1866 it was sold to the Copperopolis Armory Hall Association for 800 dollars in gold and was used for Congregational and Methodist Church services, public meetings, balls and rallies.
The property was purchased by the Mineral Lodge, I.O.O.F. in 1874 and used as a lodge until 1903. Copperopolis Community Center purchased the Armory in 1948. — Map (db m13003) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Milton — Milton Masonic Hall|
|Keystone Lodge No.161, F. & A. M, instituted in Copperopolis, Dec. 19, 1862, at the height of the copper mining boom. Moved 1881, to Milton, the terminal of the Stockton & Copperopolis Railroad, which, because of the collapse of copper mining, never reached its intended goal. Dedicated to those who sought to perpetuate the moral teachings of Freemasonry. To them we gratefully acknowledge out debt.
Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of . . . — Map (db m19758) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Mokelumne Hill — Mokelumne Hill|
|Beneath this spot in 1851, Joe H. Zumwalt established the first chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus. On his way West, Zumwalt discovered an amusing ritual in the newspaper office at Bowling Green, Mo. Arriving in Moke Hill in 1851, he observed that the miners needed a humorous outlet. Chapter #1001 was chartered in an unoccupied community jail. From here the idea of E.C.V. spread like wildfire in the diggins. Let all Clampers, Frolicking Friars and Vituscan . . . — Map (db m45976) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — E Clampus Vitus — ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations|
|During the Gold Rush Days of California the organization known as E Clampus Vitas flourished throughout the gold diggings. It was sort of a parody of the solemn and mysterious fraternal orders then so popular in the states. Every member held an office of equal indignity. It was said that E Clampus Vitus existed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of widows and orphans, especially the widows. Early newspaper articles prove their deeds actually did aid needy families. Primarily, however, it . . . — Map (db m31275) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall|
|Built 1901, on land donated by Joseph Heinsdorff, Sr., for use by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The two-storied shiplap-sided structure was constructed with locally milled lumber, using large stones as foundation. In 1991, the stones were replaced with a concrete foundation. The Odd Fellows met in the upstairs room until 1972. The Lutheran Church of America then used the hall for a period of time. Around 1977, it was sold to Tom Karsh. In 1978, it was purchased by Historic Building . . . — Map (db m32860) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — Masonic Hall|
|Under dispensation Ophir Lodge No. 33 Free and Accepted Masons was permitted to meet at “early candle light” in private homes within a radius of five miles. The Lodge was instituted in January and chartered May 6th 1853. Original, one-storied building erected early in 1862. Present hall built in 1902. The is one of the oldest lodges in California. It has had but four treasurers in its first 99 years of existence. B.B. Wilkins 2 years, A.H. Putney 5 years, Riley Senter 42 years, and M.H. Manuel 50 years. — Map (db m16055) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — Native Sons of the Golden West|
|Chispa Parlor No. 139 was chartered April 10, 1889, dissolved April 25, 1896, and reorganized March 14, 1905.
This site was first occupied circa 1860 by the Independent Order of Good Templars, a group dedicated to the prohibition of liquor and tobacco. The original hall was deeded to the Literary and Dramatic Association in 1894 and to Chrispa Parlor in 1905. That structure was destroyed by fire on March 11, 1989 and rebuilt and completed December 1991. — Map (db m33008) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — Site of E.C.V. Saloon|
|Near this spot the “E.C.V. Saloon” stood in 1853. Believed to be the only E. Clampus Vitus (miners’ fun fraternal order) saloon officially recorded. — Map (db m32875) HM|
|California (Calaveras County), Murphys — William Gordon Huff — E Clampus Vitus Wall of Comparative Ovations|
|William Gordon Huff
1903 ~ 1993
Sublime Nobel Grand Patriarch
Grand Clamp Artist
Visionary • Artist • Sculpture
Bill conceived, named, and created
E Clampus Vitus Wall of Comparative Ovations
as a memorial to portray early legends of the Grand Council and to recognize its early leaders. All plaques (memorial portraits and inscriptions) were handcrafted in ceramic and were affixed to the wall by Clampartist Huff. Many of his earliest non-Clamper commissions (from Maine . . . — Map (db m31195) HM|
|California (Colusa County), Colusa — 2 — I.O.O.F. Building|
Colusa Heritage Marker 2
May 6, 1977 — Map (db m27648) HM|
|California (Contra Costa County), Antioch — F & AM - Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 Building|
|This plaque commemorates 140 continuous years of Masonry in Antioch and the 100th anniversary of this building. The building was constructed as the Belshaw Theater in 1905. It was purchased by the Antioch Masonic Lodge in 1923 and modified to serve as a traditional Masonic meeting place. It continues to serve in that capacity. Brentwood Masonic Lodge #345 F & A M merged with the Antioch Lodge in 1989 to become Antioch-Brentwood Lodge #175 F & A M. This facility is shared with several concordant . . . — Map (db m37579) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Coloma — Odd Fellows Hall|
|Built in 1854 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, this hall was also shared with religious organizations of the Coloma community. The I.O.O.F. was only one of the many fraternal lodges that were active during the 1850s in Coloma and in most mining towns. Today, Coloma Lodge No.27, is the second oldest Odd Fellows lodge operating in El Dorado County. Rebekah Lodge No.114 shares in the operation of the hall for community events and weekly meetings. — Map (db m17143) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Diamond Springs — Diamond Springs I.O.O.F. No. 09 Lodge Hall|
|The oldest fraternal edifice in continuous use on the West Coast. Built on this hillside, not on the main street as in the usual practice for the era. It avoided the ravages of fire which razed the town of Diamond Springs on several occasions. Dedicated to the fraternal spirit of the ‘49ers who truly embodied the precepts of friendship, loyalty, and charity, by Placerville Parlor No. 9.
Native Sons of the Golden West
Joseph L. Neitzel, Grand President
March 16, 1991
In Memory of James D. Phelan — Map (db m19263) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Diamond Springs — Odd Fellows Hall|
|Erected in 1852 by
Diamond Springs Lodge No.9
Oldest building in constant use
By the Odd Fellows in California
Dedicated to the memory of the
Pioneer Odd Fellows
Of El Dorado County by
Marguerite Parlor No.12
Native Daughters of the Golden West
May 28, 1939 — Map (db m19264) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), El Dorado — Hiram No.43 Masonic Building|
|Hiram Lodge No.43: Free and Accepted Masons, was chartered in the town of Mud Springs, as it was ten called, May 16, 1854. The Lodge met in rented buildings until the completion of this brick edifice in 1862.
On September 17, 1923 a fire destroyed most of the town, including this building. The building was rebuilt using the original bricks. The Masons met in the I.O.O.F. Hall in Diamond Springs at no charge until moving back here on March 26, 1925.
This building is dedicated to the memory . . . — Map (db m12396) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Georgetown — 17 — Balsar House / I.O.O.F Hall|
[Three small markers are mounted on the front of the building:]
A hotel built in 1850 by
Remodeled for an opera house in 1870. Restored by the Independent Order Odd Fellows and used as a meeting place by fraternal orders.
Erected 1859 by a butcher Joseph Olmstead
Erected at a cost of $15,000
In 1889 it was bought by I.O.O.F.
Balsar . . . — Map (db m54812) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Georgetown — Georgetown - Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus|
Pride of the Sierras
Georgetown was founded in 1849 by George Phipps, a member of a party of sailors prospecting for gold, who first pitched his tent near the head of what is now known as Empire Canyon. George's town quickly developed into a center of commerce, providing supplies to gold miners working the many claims in the region.
Within Georgetown a small community in the lower area of town became known as Growlersburg, and was inhabited by those . . . — Map (db m54773) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Pilot Hill — 551 — California’s First Grange Hall|
|Pilot Hill Grange No.1, of 29 charter members: Master, F. D. Brown; Secretary, A. J. Bayley; was organized August 10, 1870. The Grange Hall, dedicated at this site November 23, 1880, was built by Alcander A. Bayley — Map (db m11607) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Placerville — History of Old Town Center|
|The Masonic Building was built by S.G. Beach and Company in the fall of 1893 for the Placerville Masonic Hall Association, using 85,000 first quality bricks shipped from Sacramento. It housed some of the finest legal talent in the county, attorneys such as Charles Swisler who served in the state legislature beginning in 1895 and George H. Blanchard, a legislature and the foremost mining attorney in the area. The lodge rooms were upstairs.
1853 – 1856- The site of the . . . — Map (db m35590) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Morning Star #20 I.O.O.F Lodge Building|
|Morning Star Lodge #20 was instituted February 9, 1854. The Lodge met for several years on the second floor of a 48 x 24 foot hillside building near here. In 1859, the members erected a building on this site. On May 15th, 1910, a fire started in the woodshed behind the County Court House and both buildings were destroyed.
The members rebuilt this current edifice which was completed December 6th, 1911. That evening, the members hosted a Grand Ball on the newly installed spring floor, the . . . — Map (db m35518) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Placerville — Swift Berry — “Mr. Clamper”|
|Born Nebraska 1887. Educated Biltmore Forest School, North Carolina. Began career 1908 in California with U.S.F.S.
Major U.S. Army A.E.F. 1917 – 1919
Michigan California Lumber Co. 1925 – 1949
California State Senator 1952 – 1960
We salute our esteemed Clampatriarch and Clamproctor,
Historian, Forester, Banker and Tireless Civic Leader
A “MAN TO MATCH OUR MOUNTAINS.” — Map (db m57974) HM|
|California (El Dorado County), Placerville — The Druid Monument|
|The Druids of California
in this State
A. D. 1859
Presented to the City of Placerville
Sept. 5, 1926 — Map (db m16460) HM|
|California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Cheney Bros. Building — 1906 – 1983 — Founders: Frank, Tom Walter and Jonathan Guy Cheney|
|In 1906, Coalinga was a boom town and there was a great need for blacksmithing and transporting. So the Cheney family decided to move to Coalinga from Cheney’s Grove, Illinois by way of Petaluma and Maricopa, Calif.
The Cheney Bros. started with a small building at 138 West Elm St. The business specialized in blacksmithing, a livery stable, and “teaming.” That is, moving and transporting of heavy equipment. In a few months they moved to 231 W. Elm to enlarge their business. . . . — Map (db m63889) HM|
|California (Fresno County), Coalinga — Coalinga Woman’s Club — Zenith Hall|
|January 1905, Mrs. Anria Kerr invited ten lay friends to meet at her home to form the “Coalinga Ladies Improvement Club.” Their goal was to “promote harmony and improve social and civic needs.” In 1907 they joined the General and California Federation of Womans Clubs.
The club was active in planting trees, naming streets, supporting the library, city parks and Coalinga schools. The Halpensis Pine, known as “Coalinga’s Christmas Tree” was planted as one of . . . — Map (db m64020) HM|
|California (Imperial County), Holtville — Imperial Valley Swiss Club|
|From their arrival in Fall, 1901, Swiss and their "Americans of Swiss Descent" have contributed greatly to the ethnic diversity of this valley. Their Schwingfests since 1921 and this club since 1924 have celebrated both their ancestral traditions and their pride in American accomplishments. — Map (db m42435) HM|
|California (Kern County), Bakersfield — Fraternal Hall|
To entertain men seeking their fortunes in mining boom towns, social clubs and fraternal organizations held meetings and offered other diversions in Kern County’s mining communities.
The exhibits on display in this building contain artifacts from various fraternal organizations in Kern County. The upstairs portion of this building is refurbished as a Masonic Lodge Hall with the cooperation of local organizations. The cubicles on the lower floor house exhibit regalia from Elks, . . . — Map (db m26006) HM|
|California (Lake County), Lower Lake — Clearlake Lodge #130 I.O.O.F.|
|In January of 1867 the Clearlake Lodge #30 I.O.O.F. was organized in Lower Lake. The hall was built in 1868. The Lodge originally has 7 members, D.M. Hanson being the first Noble Grand. — Map (db m42337) HM|
|California (Lake County), Upper Lake — The IOOF Hall|
|The International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #241 established themselves in Upper Lake in 1876. The present structure was completed in 1898 at a cost for land and building of $3,109.02. This mutual aid society hosted numerous activities through the years serving as bowling alley, theatre and center for the annual Strawberry Ice Cream Social. This is the longest continuously running Odd Fellows Hall in Lake County. — Map (db m55398) HM|
|California (Lassen County), Susanville — Migration of Peter Lassen|
|“We do not know the exact date on which Peter Lassen arrived in America. Let us suppose that he landed in the early spring of 1831. Most reports say that Lassen arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. Also his passport had Boston written as the destination. Besides, this town was at that time one of the most important immigrant gateways.
“In Boston, Lassen got his first impression of his newly adopted country, America. He must of felt confused by hearing all the different tongues: . . . — Map (db m31741) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 5 — American Legion Building|
|A portion of the original Spanish landgrant Rancho La Ballona
The American Legion Post #46 clubhouse was dedicated on August 9, 1930. Contractor Don S. Ely erected the building on this site over the first swimming pool in the area, on land donated for this purpose by Harry H. Culver. The structure was restored by new owner, Brotman Medical Center, and re-opened in 1984. — Map (db m49954) HM|
|California (Mariposa County), Hornitos — MRP - 001 — Hornitos Masonic Hall — Point of Historical Interest|
|This building was constructed C. 1855 of native schist rock. It was purchased in August 1873 by the Freemasons of Hornitos Lodge No. 98, and since early 1875, continue to meet here. The Lodge was originally chartered as Quartzburg Lodge No. 98 on May 8, 1856, and met in Quartzburg. This building is the smallest Masonic Hall in California. Its lodgeroom is only 17’-6” by 29’-6’’, and has seem visitors from around the world. — Map (db m46900) HM|
|California (Mariposa County), Hornitos — NRHP 05000 — Hornitos Masonic Hall No. 98 — National Register of Historic Places|
|This restored Masonic Hall is recognized for the significant community involvement of its members from 1873 to 1930. The Freemasons owned stores and hotels, served as town and county officials, worked as miners and engineers and supported Hornitos from their farms and ranches. Their Masonic philosophy of personal improvement and community betterment created a positive influence in Hornitos.
Listed August 3, 2005 — Map (db m46899) HM|
|California (Mariposa County), Mariposa — Mariposa Independent Order Odd Fellows Hall|
|Built 1867 to replace original building. Used by Mariposa County fraternal organizations since then. — Map (db m46442) HM|
|California (Mono County), Bodie — Return to Bodie|
|During the California gold rush, E Clampus Vitus was a fraternal order and benevolence society for miners. It was rumored to be one of the secret societies in the town of Bodie during its heyday.
Today, ECV is dedicated to the preservation of California history and accordingly, members of the present day Bodie chapter were instrumental in preserving the town as a historical landmark. With their help in 1956, legislation was drafted to add Bodie to the state park system. By 1962 the process . . . — Map (db m8493) HM|
|California (Mono County), Bridgeport — Mono County Memorial Hall — Alta Lodge No. 333|
|Alta Lodge No. 333, Free and Accepted Masons was chartered on October 15. 1897.
The original lodge hall was in the brick building at the corner of Hwy. 395 and Hayes Street. The Lodge moved to this location in 1955. An ever changing society caused Alta Lodge to consolidate with Winnedumah Lodge No. 287 in Bishop in 1986. — Map (db m49958) HM|
|California (Monterey County), Monterey — Grand Procrastination|
|This simple bronze plaque honoring the work of John Steinbeck was sculptured in 1938 by William Gordon Huff. It was dedicated that same year by noted Western historian Dr. Charles L. Camp with all the unwavering oratorical profundity which traditionally distinguishes this ancient and honorable order.
It took 47 years, however, to get around to mounting it. Credo Quia Absurdum.
Rededicated and mounted at last on this 13th day of July, 1985
Chapter No. 1
Monterey . . . — Map (db m54906) HM|
|California (Monterey County), Pacific Grove — J. H. King Memorial|
| Last member of
Lucius Fairchild Post
G.A.R. 179 — Map (db m41614) HM|
|California (Napa County), St. Helena — NSGW & Historic District|
|The Native Sons of the Golden West Hall has served for more than a century as a gathering place and social center of community activity within St. Helena. It is situated just outside the SW edge of the St. Helena Historic Commercial District, which begins to the north and east of this building and encompasses the entire commercial downtown on both sides of Main Street. Main Street is set off by three-globed cast-iron street lamps from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, adding to the classic small-town feel of St. Helena. — Map (db m55661) HM|
|California (Napa County), St. Helena — Richie Block|
A fine example of Victorian architecture, this building was erected in 1892 by M. G. Richie. For many years it has served the city’s business community. In 1893 the hall and banquet rooms upstairs were leased to Saint Helena Lodge No. 93 Free & Accepted Masons.
The Lodge purchased the building in 1972. — Map (db m54543) HM|
|California (Nevada County), Grass Valley — Madison Lodge No. 23 F. & A.M. — 1852 [Logo] 2002 — Masonry in Grass Valley|
|Madison Lodge #23 was established under dispensation from the Grand Lodge of California on May 4th 1852. Its permanent charter was issued on May 5th 1853. Madison Lodge held its first two meetings at the old Columbus School on the present site of Hennessy School. The Lodge moved to a building on the south side of Main St. where it now meets Auburn St. This wooden building was destroyed along with most of Grass Valley in the great fire of September 12 and 13, 1855. A few days later, the Masons . . . — Map (db m48685) HM|
|California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Malakoff Diggins Clampicnic Area|
|This picnic area, sponsored by Wm. Bull Meek-Wm. Morris Steward Chapter Number 10, E Clampus Vitus, is for the enjoyment of all. The redwood lumber for the tables came from Nevada City's Christmas Tree, a Sequoiadendron Giganteum and continues to serve the residents and visitors of Nevada County.
Dedicated October 1, 1966 — Map (db m857) HM|
|California (Nevada County), Nevada City — Masonry in the Gold County|
|The year was 1850 at a location not far from here. The first Masonic Lodge meeting was held under a Charter from state of Wisconsin. Lafayette Lodge #29 was born, the years following in 1851 & 1863 a major part of which was to be known as Nevada City was destroyed by fires. By this time California was a State and a new Lodge of California Charter was established as Nevada #13 F&AM in 1851. At this location the first masonry structure was built in 1852 as a store. The 1863 fire destroyed this . . . — Map (db m40272) HM|
|California (Nevada County), Nevada City — North Pine & Commercial — Site of Former Nevada City Elks Lodge|
|After constructing a second-story meeting hall above two existing 19th century commercial buildings, the Nevada City Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #518 dedicated its first lodge at this location on June 14, 1913. The lodge hall and street-level storefronts served the community until a devastating fire broke out on the morning of March 20, 2002.
Property owners Ken & Kay Baker and Gary & Patti Tintle then initiated a reconstruction program that has resulted in the current . . . — Map (db m40269) HM|
|California (Orange County), Buena Park — 43 — Buena Park Woman's Clubhouse|
|Since its establshment in a newly created Orange County (1889), the Buena Park Woman's Club has influenced the civic life of its community. The club helped establish a volunteer fire department in 1915, a library district in 1919, and the town's first electric street lights in 1910. This Spanish Revival clubhouse was built in 1931 with funds raised by members. From that time, it has served as a local social and cultural center. — Map (db m50036) HM|
|California (Orange County), Huntington Beach — Scout Cabin — City of Huntington Beach Historical Site|
|This rustic cabin was erected in 1924 by the Lions Club, local carpenters union and Edison Company as a center for scouting in Huntington Beach and has been in continuous use by Troop 1, Boy Scouts of America, ever since.
The cabin was completely renovated by the adults and friends of Troop 1 in 1974, and upon recognition of its historical significance to the community has been designated as a historical site by the City of Huntington Beach and preserved for scouting forever. — Map (db m59874) HM|
|California (Placer County), Auburn — G. Willment General Store|
Site G. Willment General Store
Second floor was Mason Lodge
Built 1852 – Burned 1855
Rebuilt & Dedicated Dec.,27, 1860
— Map (db m44075) HM|
|California (Placer County), Auburn — Odd Fellows Hall, Auburn Lodge #7 — Point of Historical Interest|
|Instituted in 1852, the first Odd Fellows Lodge organized in Placer County, seventh in California. Meetings were held in several different locations until this building was erected in 1894. Bricks used in construction were made and fired on this site. This hall is a notable architectural feature in Auburn. It continues to serve its original function as a lodge hall upstairs, with rental spaces below. — Map (db m31842) HM|
|California (Placer County), Auburn — Old Masonic Hall Erected 1860|
|Occupied by Eureka Lodge No. 16 F.A.M.
Much of the material and furnishings came to Auburn via Cape Horn S.A.
This plaque is dedicated to the Pioneers of Auburn by Auburn Parlor No. 232 Native Daughters of the Golden West
June 11, 1933 — Map (db m44071) HM|
|California (Placer County), Auburn — The Auburn Masonic Hall|
|The Auburn Masonic Hall was completed in 1917. Since completion it has been home to Eureka Lodge No.16, F. & A. M. The building is clad in beautiful terra cotta manufactured by the Placer County firm of Gladdin McBean. It is the last remaining historic building located on Auburn’s “Central Square”, which was built between 1900 and 1920. Now called The John H. Robinson Memorial Masonic Temple, the Temple is one of Auburn’s finest examples of the Beaux Arts style of architecture. — Map (db m31811) HM|
|California (Placer County), Colfax — Illinoistown Lodge No. 51|
|Free and Accepted Masons
Chartered by Grand Lodge of California
On May 6, 1854 at Illinoistown (about a half mile South of Colfax)
A special Central Pacific train brought the Sacramento Coronet Band and fifty guests for the Dedication of this building June 24, 1868.
This Plaque commemorates 150 years of Masonic fraternity in Colfax. — Map (db m45277) HM|
|California (Placer County), Colfax — IOOF Hall|
|Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Colfax Lodge No. 132
Instituted 18 April, 1867
This brick building
acquired and used by IOOF
since 26 August, 1889 — Map (db m45279) HM|
|California (Placer County), Lincoln — I O O F Building|
|Erected in 1864
By International Order of Odd Fellows
Originally 24 feet (front) by 80 feet (along alley)
Two stories high; outside stairway on alley side
expanded east to present size in 1905,
adding four windows and inside stairway
Many lodges met upstairs; Eastern Star,
IOOF, Native Daughters, Native Sons, Pythians,
Pocahantas, Rebekas, Redmen and others
Retail businesses were downstairs.
Well-known long term occupants
Dallman’s Drygoods, up to 1900
Beerman’s . . . — Map (db m17876) HM|
|California (Placer County), Newcastle — Newcastle Portuguese Hall|
Newcastle Portuguese Hall
has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the United States Department of the Interior. — Map (db m684) HM|
|California (Placer County), Rocklin — The Finnish Temperance Hall|
|This Hall Dedicated to:
The People From Finland
The Finnish Temperance
Society Who Built The
Hall in 1905
The United Finnish Kaleva
Brothers And Sisters
Lodge No. 5 Of Rocklin
California — Map (db m23388) HM|
|California (Plumas County), Beckwourth — Hope Lodge No. 234 F & AM|
|Originally built in 1875 and twice destroyed by fire, 1898 & 1909, this edifice continues a century of Masonic service to Sierra Valley.
Dedicated in the spirit of brotherhood Sept. 6, 1975 by Las Plumas del Oro Chapter, E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m56654) HM|
|California (Plumas County), Greenville — Sincerity Lodge 132 F.&A.M.|
|This historic building was built in 1878 by John McBeth and D.D. Compton, merchants, for use as a warehouse. As such it played an important role when Greenville’s two foundries, flour mill, sarsaparilla works, brickyard, wagon shop, and sawmill supplied the area.
Dedicated in the spirit of brotherhood, June 1971 by the Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter of E Clampus Vitus in recognition of the building’s long use by, and importance to, the fraternal orders of Indian Valley. — Map (db m56648) HM|
|California (Plumas County), La Porte — Reilly’s Saloon|
|Originally Burrel-Buckley, barn lot circa 1860, Jumbo Merian’s Grocery & Gas Station, 1930-1945, purchased by Frank C. Reilly, operator from 1945-1965. Frank C. Reilly was the first Humbug of FCR 5978, E Clampus Vitus and one of the very few that was still alive with a chapter carrying his name. — Map (db m56323) HM|
|California (Plumas County), Quincy — Forest Stationers — The Huskinson Block — 1850 - 1870|
|Built in 1876, it is one of the first permanent structures in the Quincy Business District. Businesses of this site included Cohn Bros. Dry Goods, U.S. Post Office, I.O.O.F. Lodge, E.C.V. Hall, National Forest Supervisors office, Quincy Hardware and Wells Fargo Bank, whose safe is still here. — Map (db m56386) HM|
|California (Plumas County), Quincy — Plumas Club|
|Built in 1914 as “Harvey’s Place” by Harvey Egbert. During Prohibition Ed Dory ran the Quincy Dairy Store & some slot machines here. Zola & Plumas “Plumie” Stokes bought the saloon from Egbert in 1947. In 1989 Plumie sold the building to Melody and Bob Zernich. Ancient photos indicate that ECV No. 8 has made it their “offishul” waterin’ hole. — Map (db m56529) HM|
|California (Plumas County), Quincy — Plumas Lodge No. 60 F&AM|
|This historic Masonic Temple built in 1855 is the oldest building in Quincy. — Map (db m56747) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Citrus Heights — Citrus Heights Community Club — Established 1928|
|This property was donated by Adolph and Catherine Van Maren to accommodate this one-room Sylvan School House constructed in 1862 and relocated to this site in 1927. This property was on the northeast side of the former Van Maren Ranch, which covered more than 1000 acres and was farmed continuously from 1854 to the 1980’s. The present building has undergone few changes from its original construction.
The property was donated so that The Citrus Heights Community Club could better serve the . . . — Map (db m46664) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Elk Grove — Independent Order of Odd Fellows — Elk Grove|
|The first I.O.O.F. meeting was held on
May 2, 1878. The first Rebekah meeting
was held on May 2, 1888. On July 7, 1892
The original building burned and was
rebuilt with the I.O.O.F taking ownership.
A rededication of the hall was
held on March 3, 1893.
Dedicated October 6, 2007
New Helvetia Chapter #5
E. Clampus Vitus — Map (db m18031) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Rancho Cordova — American River Grange #172|
Organized March 1874
Dedicated October 1882
Presented by Native Daughters of the Golden West
San Juan Parol #315
Rededicated 5-15-98 — Map (db m2033) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — Charles Duncombe, M.D. (1787 – 1862)|
|Dr. Duncombe was the first physician on record to come to Sacramento. A Native of Stanford, Connecticut, he moved to Upper Canada (now Ontario) to become a landowner and member of Parliament. Ontario’s first medical school, the Talbot Dyspensary at St. Thomas, was established by Dr. Duncombe and a Dr. Rolf. Both Dr. Duncombe and Dr. Rolf became leaders in the William Lyon Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. This group of reformers tried unsuccessfully to unseat the system wherein the British . . . — Map (db m14105) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — General Albert M. Winn|
|This park is named in honor of
General Albert M. Winn
Founder of the Order of Native Sons of the Golden West
Born in Loudon County, Virginia, April 27th, 1810
Died in Sonoma, California, August 26th, 1883 — Map (db m13886) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — General Albert Maver Winn|
Gneral Albert Maver Winn
Founder of the Fraternal Order of
The Native Sons of the Golden West
To the California Pioneers
Rededicated and Restored
September 1969-April 1977-July 2004 — Map (db m12455) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — John Bigler — (1806 – 1871) — California’s Third Governor|
|Born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1806, John Bigler was the eldest of what was said to be “a numerous family of children.” As a young man, he was apprenticed to the printing trade and became one of the youngest editors of the Pittsburg Post. In 1826 Bigler became publisher of the paper he started with, the Centre Democrat and later entered the study of law in Ohio, and ultimately was drawn into politics.
John Bigler came overland across the plains . . . — Map (db m13069) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — Old Masonic Cemetery|
|Plot Size: 67” by 68’
In purchasing this site from the Board of Trustees, Sacramento City Cemetery, July 30, 1859, the Order of Free and Accepted Masons became the first fraternal organization in Sacramento to provide a private burial plot for its members – a cemetery within a cemetery. The Old Masonic was acquired in two sections, the last of which was purchased April 30, 1860, increased the plot to its present size and brought the total cost to the Masonic . . . — Map (db m14075) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — Old Odd Fellows Plot — The Independent Order of Odd Fellows|
|They were an order that inscribed upon their banners, “Visit the sick, relieve the distressed, and bury the dead.”
“To the benevolent – If there is any of that commodity called charity in this community, we earnestly call upon those possessing it to exercise it forthwith.”
So went out the plea to the Brotherhood in an editorial appeal that appeared in the Placer Times, August 18, 1849.
General Albert V. Winn was the first to move in this . . . — Map (db m12489) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — Sacramento Turn Verein|
|In 1854 Sacramento was prospering notably in spite of the floods, fires and epidemics that had besieged her. German-born citizens and men of German ancestry decided to organize a “Turn Verein”, as was the custom in their homeland. They circulated a proclamation and assembled on June 2, 1854 to establish the Sacramento Turn Verein.
In 1859 the Sacramento Turn Verein purchased a piece of property on K Street between 9th and 10th Streets where the first Turn Verein Hall was built . . . — Map (db m12527) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Sacramento — The G.A.R. Memorial Plot|
|Sacramento City CemeteryThe GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC Memorial Plot was originally located in the New Helvetia Cemetery at the corner of 31st and J Streets, a plot donated to the Sumner Post No.3 by the owner and proprietor John Wesley Reeves. It was duly dedicated in 1865. Upon the death of Reeves in 1867, and the City’s acquisition of the New Helvetia facility, a plot of more appreciable size was offered to the G.A.R. in City Cemetery in exchange. The remains of Civil War veterans buried . . . — Map (db m12411) HM|
|California (Sacramento County), Walnut Grove — Charles “Chuck” Tison — October 8, 1930 – September 24, 2002|
|Charles “Chuck” Tison and his wife Betty moved to Walnut Grove in 1956 where they raised four children who all attended local schools. In 1969 the couple formed the Ti-Gas Company, a LP Gas sales & service distributor which is still a vital part of the community. Known for his kindness and generosity, Chuck was very active in all of the local Delta communities, including local churches, schools and other community activities from Charlesburg to Rio Vista, Chuck Tison joined the . . . — Map (db m37402) HM|
|California (San Bernardino County), Ontario — WCTU Fountain|
|This fountain was built by the Women's
Christian Temperance Union and dedicated
to this City of Ontario on July 4th 1908, to
provide the town with "a drinking fountain
where only the pure, sparkling water
can be had at any time by the thirsty one."
It was originally located on the
northwest corner of the Holt ("A" St.) and
Euclid Avenue and was relocated on this
site to commemorate the Bicentennial Year on September 6th 1975 by the Ontario Parkway Kiwanis Club. — Map (db m37513) HM|
|California (San Diego County), San Diego — 77 — I.O.O.F. Building, 1882|
|A joint effort of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges, this Classical Revival-style building required nearly a decade to complete due to a lack of money and materials. A parade kicked off the long awaited laying of the cornerstone, into which was placed a casket containing valuable coins, historic documents, and even a stone from Solomon’s Temple. The lodges shared the second floor until the Mason’s moved to a new hall in 1910. — Map (db m51620) HM|
|California (San Francisco City and County), San Francisco — "The Family"|
|“The Family”, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most distinctive social clubs, was founded on this site on April, 1902
This plaque dedicated on the Club’s centennial — Map (db m58397) HM|
|California (San Joaquin County), Farmington — Farmington Odd Fellows Lodge #296|
|Built in 1881, the building was bought by the newly instituted Lodge on July 11, 1882. The upstairs has served continuously as a meeting hall since then.
Dedicated on October 8, 1994 Tuleburgh Chapter #69, E Clampus Vitus — Map (db m16623) HM|
|California (San Mateo County), Pescadero — Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero|
|This Property Has Been
Placed On The
OF HISTORIC PLACES
By The United States
Department Of The Interior
National Register of Historic Places Statement of Significance:
Building/structure dates: 1890 initial construction
Significance: This streetscape illustrates the charming variety of nineteenth century architectural forms and styles which developed during a time of prosperity when the coastside town of Pescadero served as a major produce and lumber . . . — Map (db m12539) HM|
|California (San Mateo County), Redwood City — Alhambra Theater|
|The finest playhouse between San Francisco and San Jose opened here January 20, 1896. In 1921, the building was purchased by Redwood City Masonic Lodge which was instituted August 28, 1863. — Map (db m62625) HM|
|California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Eagles Hall|
|Local Scottish Rite Masons built their hall on this site in 1909. Designed by George Page, it was a simple rectangular structure with a severe Greek Revival façade. When the Masons moved into the new Scottish Rite Temple in 1925, the vacated building was bought by the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County. It was eventually purchased by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, who occupied it until 1982. The building was demolished in 1984 to make way for new construction, only the entry portico, with its fine Doric columns, remains. — Map (db m30261) HM|
|California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Gordon House|
|Welcome to the
Home of the Rotary Club of San Jose
Hanford Lennox Gordon was born in 1846 and over his lifetime held a variety of positions as attorney, and officer for the Union Army during the Civil War, a farmer, and a rancher.
Hanford and his wife, Mary, moved to San José from Minnesota in 1887. Upon arrival, the Gordons moved into this house, originally located at 5303 McKee Road. Hanford owned four ranches, including over 100 acres of olive grove on McKee . . . — Map (db m52126) HM|
|California (Santa Clara County), San Jose — Scottish Rite Temple|
|Built as the Scottish Rite Temple in 1925-25, this distinguished structure was designed by architect Carl Werner. The entry portico, with its six Ionic columns and unusual Egyptian ornamentation, lends the buildings special grandeur. In 1981, the building was rehabilitated and reopened as the San José Athletic Club. — Map (db m30285) HM|
|California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — 250 — Old Sites of Mission Santa Clara de Assis — and Old Spanish Bridge|
|Second Site 1799–1784
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
January 12, 1777
Founded by the Franciscan Fathers
967 yards north, 334 yards
south of Bayshore Highway
Bridge No. 37–64 — Map (db m3401) HM|
|California (Santa Clara County), Santa Clara — S.E.S. — (Sociedade do Espirito Santo)|
|The Portuguese men and women of Santa Clara founded this building, commonly known as the S.E.S. Hall, in 1896. This fraternal organization was created as a means of communication and socialization. It gave the Portuguese community a place to meet, to discuss current issues and share news from the homeland. It also gave them a place to celebrate the feast of the Holy Spirit which originated over 700 years ago. This feast commemorates a miracle that happened during the reign of Queen Isabela of . . . — Map (db m54026) HM|
|California (Shasta County), French Gulch — French Gulch Lodge|
|The French Gulch Lodge No. 75, Independent Order of Odd Fellows was established on May 5, 1858. Erastrus Dickinson was first Noble Grand on June 24, 1864. All records of the lodge as well as the original charter were destroyed by fire. The new lodge hall was built in 1913. The total cost of the hall was $7,341.13. The hall was in continuous use by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. All notes, mortgages and bills are paid and the property stands free and clear. The hall was destroyed by the French Fire on August 14, 2004. — Map (db m10382) HM|
|California (Shasta County), Shasta — Western Star Lodge No. 2|
|Oldest Chartered Masonic Lodge in California
Free and Accepted Masons
Originally chartered by the most worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, A F and A M
May 10th AL5848 (1848)
Dedicated in due and ancient form this 10th day of May AL5998 (1998) by the most worshipful Grand Lodge of California F & AM
Anthony P. Wordlow – Grand Master
1998 Western Star Lodge No. 2
Patrick R. Casady – Master
John R. Murry – Senior Warden
Ronald L. Craddock – Junior . . . — Map (db m1137) HM|
|California (Sierra County), Downieville — Masonic Building|
|The Mountain Shade Lodge No. 18 F. & A.M. received it’s charter on May 5, 1852. Prior to that date they operated under a dispensation. The Masons met originally in the Craycroft Building. Then erected their own building on this site in 1852. The original structure was destroyed by fire, and was replaced by the present building in 1864. — Map (db m44242) HM|
|California (Solano County), Benicia — Antonio M. De LaGuerra 1825 – ‘81|
|This tablet dedicated to his memory. He was State Senator 1852-1853; Mayor of Santa Barbara, Captain of California Volunteers serving in Arizona during the Civil War 1861-1865. He was a loyal member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus. — Map (db m58330) HM|
|California (Solano County), Benicia — 174 — First Masonic Hall Built in California|
|The first Masonic hall built in California was begun in the summer of 1850, occupied by the lodge October 14, 1850, and formally dedicated December 27, 1850. This building served as the Masonic Temple for Benicia Lodge No. 5 until 1888, when the new temple was occupied. It was used by a boys' club prior to World War I and by the American Legion shortly after the war. It was reacquired by Benicia Lodge No. 5 in 1950. — Map (db m16317) HM|
|California (Solano County), Vacaville — The Odd Fellows Hall — Vacaville|
|The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.,) Vacaville Lodge No. 83, re-built this structure of brick and cast-iron columns in 1889. The previous two building burned in 1877 and 1884. The earthquake of 1892 seriously damaged the front of the building. The building still rents the stores below to maintain the meeting hall above. The I.O.O.F. is a benevolent, fraternal organization dedicated to the betterment of the community. The Vacaville Lodge No. 83 was chartered in 1859 as one of . . . — Map (db m17636) HM|
|California (Solano County), Vacaville — Walker Opera House|
|Kentucky native Sidney Clay Walker crossed the plains in 1850 and in 1872 settled in the Vaca Valley where he eventually owned 1,200 acres. He was an organizer of the Vacaville Water and Light Company in the 1890's and in 1896 built this brick building complete with electric lights. It originally housed three stores on the ground floor, three offices upstairs as well as a large hall with a stage and seating for 600. Since Walker's death in 1908 the building has housed a lodge hall, a movie . . . — Map (db m17661) HM|
|California (Solano County), Vacaville — William Gordon Huff — In Expression of Gratitude|
|In recognition for his continuous dedication to the preservation of western history through his world – renowned artistic endeavors: for expressing his love of the Order through the sculptured likeness of the men who have labored to preserve and sustain it: and for never failing to spread, by example, kindness, pride, humor and good fellowship throughout the organization. He himself stands as a character portrait of the great and beloved men he has worked so tirelessly to memorialize. — Map (db m54590) HM|
|California (Sonoma County), Sonoma — Ray Adobe — 1847 - 1849|
|Built by 1846 Missouri emigrants John and Harriet Ray in 1847. After his success in the Rose Bar Gold Fields, the large adobe portion was added in 1849 by Indian labor to the wooden house on the east end. It was leased as headquarters for officers of the U.S. Army until 1852. Successive home to and restoration by the families Adler, Black, Heine, Shields, Whitelow and Forrest.
Ned Forrest, Architect, 1995 — Map (db m15253) HM|
|California (Stanislaus County), Knights Ferry — The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus|
|The establishment of Estanislao Chapter 58 occurred on June 21, 1958. The inaugural meeting took place at the historic Tulloch Flour Mill in Knights Ferry under the direction of Noble Grand Humbug W.S. 'Walt' Hargrove. There were forty-eight founding and charter members present. Named after Yokut Chief Estanislao and sponsored by Matuca Chapter 1849, the charter was granted by Grand Council Decree. The territory was limited to Stanislaus County and in 1962 was extended to include Merced County. . . . — Map (db m42128) HM|
|California (Stanislaus County), La Grange — LaFayette Historical Lodge #65|
|This is one of the oldest continuously occupied buildings in LaGrange. In 1857, Lodge #65 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of California was formed.
The Odd Fellows purchased the two story jail from the County in 1862 and it was used for meetings until 1880. In 1880 land was purchased from Mrs. Margaret A. Basso for $100 – in gold coin. G. W. Jones, a member was contracted to build a two story structure for $1350. The style was indicative of the Greek Revival architecture. The . . . — Map (db m42571) HM|
|California (Stanislaus County), Modesto — Modesto Pioneer Cemetery|
Formerly Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Wildey Lodge) Cemetery
The flagpole and bricks used in this monument are from the Hughson Hotel built in 1913 by Luella Hughson. This modern hotel had a 36 foot redwood flagpole where the American flag was flown every day. The Hughson Hotel was torn down in 1998. — Map (db m58587) HM|
|California (Sutter County), Yuba City — Masonic Temple Corner Stone|
|The stone which the builders rejected, has become the head of the corner.
This stone appeared on the first Masonic Temple located at the corner of 2nd and Bridge Streets. — Map (db m63238) HM|
|California (Tehama County), Red Bluff — I.O.O.F. Odd Fellows Lodge No. 76|
Instituted May 31, 1858
Building dedicated 1863
Listed in the
National Register of Historical Landmarks
Volume 2, Page 59, 1976
Plaque placed by:
Berendos Parlor No. 23
Red Bluff, California
January 6, 1985 — Map (db m40477) HM|
|California (Tehama County), Vina — Western Star Lodge No. 2 Free and Accepted Masons|
|This monument was erected on the 75th anniversary of the date of its charter May 10-th 1923 by
Western Star Lodge
No. 2 F.& A.M.
of Shasta, Calif.
The oldest Masonic Chapter in Calif.
Granted May 10-th
By the Grand Lodge of
Sashel Woods. W.M.
Peter Lassen. J.W.
To open a lodge at Benton City. Upper California. — Map (db m30329) HM|
|California (Trinity County), Weaverville — Cameron Building Site|
|In1852 the Cameron Bros. built a 2 story building. Madam La Batcheler purchased it in 1853 and operated the Golden Gate Saloon. Later known as the Polka Saloon, by 1855, the town lodges of ECV, Masons and Son of Temperance met in the upper story hall. The site was burned clean in late 1855, 1859 and 1863. — Map (db m56024) HM|
|California (Trinity County), Weaverville — Clifford Hall|
|Built by Richard Clifford in 1855. One of three two story Weaverville structures with outside circular staircases hand made by village blacksmiths. Once home of Mt. Bally Parlor No. 87, Native Sons of the Golden West.
Dedicated by Grand Parlor, Native Sons
of the Golden West, August 9, 1986, marking
centennial of Mt. Bally Parlor No. 87
Everett White Jr., Grand President
Native Sons of the Golden West — Map (db m56004) HM|
|California (Trinity County), Weaverville — I.O.O.F. Hall|
Dedicated as Historical
Historical Society — Map (db m56016) HM|
|California (Trinity County), Weaverville — Spiral Staircases|
|The spiral staircases of Weaverville have always been a predominant part of this community’s architecture. The structures became a necessity because of the separate ownership of the upper and lower floors.
This stairway, the first of these landmarks, was built in the summer of 1860 by Ira Howe, the owner of the upper floor, shortly after completion. Howe sold is interest to the present owners, North Star Lodge No. 61 IOOF.
The lower floor of this building, erected by John Cole in . . . — Map (db m56015) HM|
|California (Tuolumne County), Big Oak Flat — Joseph E. Lemos — 1892 – 1961|
Ione Lodge 51 & Ione Rebeka Lodge 270 – 1931
Yosemite Lodge 97 – 1941
Big Oak Rebeka Lodge 259 – 1947
District Deputy Grand Master
1943 & 1958
District Deputy Grand Marshall
1948 & 1953
Appointed Grand Herald of Grand Lodge
Appointed to Grand Lodge Youth Committee
1941 & 1961
Past Chief Patriarch Amador Emcampment No.17
Bald Mountain Encampment No.4 Sonora -1944
Captain (R) Sacramento Canton No.1
Yosemite . . . — Map (db m14265) HM|
|California (Tuolumne County), Columbia — Columbia Masonic Temple|
Restored 1949 by the
F.&A.M. of California — Map (db m12019) HM|
|California (Tuolumne County), Columbia — Inspiration Point|
|The inspiration to revive the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, a benevolent society prominent in Gold Rush days, occurred fifty years ago to Carl I. Wheat as he traveled from Columbia down to Parrots Ferry on the Stanislaus River. ECV Redivivus, now a fraternal historical society dedicated to preserving Western history and lore has thirty-three active chapters throughout California and Nevada. — Map (db m53303) HM|
|California (Tuolumne County), Jamestown — 8 — Ramirez – Preston Building — Early 1850’s|
|Ignacia Ramirez, female pioneer and native of Mexico, earliest known owner of this Gold Rush building. Upstairs meeting hall of St. James Masonic Lodge #54, acquired 1877 by R.A. Preston. Jamestown Post Office in 1930’s; later medical office of Dr. James A. Hadley. Acquired by Donn Blount in 1994. — Map (db m33781) HM|
|California (Tuolumne County), Sonora — Sonora IOOF Lodge No. 10|
|Organized June 7, 1853
Two members serve as Grand Master
Building erected 1850
Remodeled twice — Map (db m51565) HM|
|California (Yolo County), Woodland — Main and Second Street 1920’s — Woodland|
|Artist: Paul Guyer. 2005
Developed by the Woodland Art Center
Made Possible by a Grant from the
Woodland Stroll Through History
This is the site of the Farmers & Merchants’ Bank/Masonic Lodge
(1894 – 1970) — Map (db m11756) HM|
|California (Yuba County), Camptonville — Capt. Brown House|
|This 1854 A.J. Downing designed "Carpenters Gothic" is among the earliest such wood frame structures in the state. Built by Josiah Prentiss Brown, miner, 49er, local banker, multi-term state legislator and Commander of the Yuba Light Infantry, Co. E, 1st Batt., 4th Brgd. Ca. Nat. Guard with 80 members and local armory. Commissioned by Gen. J.C. Fremont and "familiarly known throughout Northern California as Captain Brown", with 20 years service became the longest standing officer in the Guard. Initiated into ECV May 19th, 1856. — Map (db m39811) HM|
|California (Yuba County), Camptonville — William Bull Meek — Dec. 25, 1858 - Jan. 23, 1936|
|Here lies a Clamper, and the namesake of Chapter 10, E Clampus Vitus; a long time resident of Camptonville, and pillar of community.
The chapter bearing his name was instituted on the second day of April in the year of our Clampatriarch Adam & of our Incomparable order of
five thousand nine hundred forty & first, of the present era the one thousand nine hundred thirty & eight.
In recognition to his contributions to our order, the brothers of E Clampus Vitus, Chapter 10 came to pay . . . — Map (db m39810) HM|
|California (Yuba County), Camptonville — William Bull Meek / ECV Redivivus-1932|
[ Upper Plaque: ]
To Clampatriarch William Bull Meek
Stage Driver - Wells Fargo Agent - Mule Skinner - Treasurer - Merchant
May 6, 1956
[ Center Plaque: ]
First Grand Council pilgrimage. Fifty years ago today, the Accougheurs of E Clampus Vitus, Redivivus, met here with Wm. Bull Meek, XNGH and Adam Lee Moore, XNGH to learn the past glory of E.C.V. All honor to Leon Whitsell, Carl Wheat and D. Ezra Dane. — Map (db m39819) HM|
|California (Yuba County), Marysville — Lord Sholto Douglas|
|Within these walls, on Jan. 22, 1896, Lord Sholto Douglas, theatrical entrepreneur, and son of the Marquis of Queensbury of Pugilistic fame, was initiated into the mysteries of ECV. Though Douglas went on to riches, subsequent publicity of his initiation into ECV virtually shut down the Marysville Lodge. — Map (db m40152) HM|
|Colorado (Gilpin County), Central City — The AOUW Building|
|One of the brick “fire proof” buildings which was destroyed in the fire of 1874 was Abraham Jacobs’ old store, located on this site. By August, a new one story building had been completed here and the old store was back in business for another 20 years. In 1898, the local lodge of the AOUW purchased the old building. The Ancient Order of United Workmen was a fraternal order that provided survivors’ benefits to families of deceased members. At the turn of the century, there were . . . — Map (db m51833) HM|
|Colorado (Jefferson County), Golden — 922 Washington Avenue — Stewart Block Building|
|City of Golden
The Stewart Block building was completed in 1892. It served as a grocery for 52 years under a variety of owners including Caleb E. Parfet, Elvyn E. Stewart, and Leonard Vogel. The motto of the original building owners was “quick sales and small profits.” The upstairs served as a meeting hall for the Knights of Pythias and later, to the chagrin of many Golden residents, the Ku Klux Klan. The mural on the south exterior was painted in the 1920s as a . . . — Map (db m50593) HM|
|Connecticut (Fairfield County), Ridgefield — 4 — The Ridgefield Train Station — Ridgefield, Connecticut — The Museum in the Streets|
| In 1870, A Branch Line from the Branchville train station was built to offer service to the wealthy New Yorkers who began arriving to spend their summers in Ridgefield. Many of these "summer people" had their own private railroad cars. Chauffeurs would meet them, driving horse and buggies and other fancy conveyances to carry volumes of luggage to their estates located throughout the town.
Benvenuto Carboni arrived in 1901, one of the earliest Italians to come to Ridgefield. Several . . . — Map (db m31591) HM|
|Connecticut (Fairfield County), Ridgefield — 10 — The Village in the 1900s — Ridgefield, Connecticut — The Museum in the Streets|
| The International Order Of Odd Fellows, Pilgrim Lodge No. 45 was established in Ridgefield in 1847, meeting in the Masonic Hall until 1895 when the structure was destroyed in the Great Fire. The Odd Fellows built their own building in 1928 and it soon became a popular meeting place. During the 1930s and 40s many dances and other activities were held there. In 1956 the Lodge sold the building and moved to a carriage house on King Lane where it is now part of the Methodist Church. The . . . — Map (db m31970) HM|
|Connecticut (Hartford County), Newington — First U.S. Girl Scout Day Camp|
|We Proudly Honor
The Site Of The
First U.S. Girl Scout
Girl Scouts of Newington
March 12, 1987 — Map (db m46062) HM|
|Connecticut (Hartford County), Plantsville — Maxwell Noble Drive|
Dedicated to the Memory
Maxwell Westwood Noble
First Deceased Commander
Kiltonic Post No. 72 — Map (db m35973) HM|
|Connecticut (Hartford County), Southington — Gang Scarpa Shoda|
| [ left plaque ]
Gang Scarpa Shoda
In Honor and Memory of All Deceased Members
And Those Whose Time Has Yet To Come.
God Bless Each and Everyone.
Donated by Albert Frascatore
[ center plaque ]
Gang Scarpa Shoda
The Original "Gang" Lived Within
These Boundaries During The Depression Era
Descendants of All Members
Are Included In The Gang
"Gang Scarpa Shoda"
Donated by Sylvester (Harp) Testa
[ the boundaries on the . . . — Map (db m34074) HM|
|Connecticut (Hartford County), Wethersfield — Society of the Cincinnati|
|This Plaque is Dedicated by
The Society of the Cincinnati
General George Washington
Wo Was Its First President.
Samuel Blatchley Webb
Who Grew Up In This Home
The Comte De Rochambeau
Who Visited Here
The Marquis De Lafayette;
All Of Whom Were
Original Members of the Society — Map (db m46146) HM|
|Connecticut (Litchfield County), Thomaston — Fr. Michael J. McGivney|
|In Loving Memory Of
Fr. Michael J. McGivney
1852 – 1890
Founder of the Knights of Columbus
March 29, 18882
Pastor of St. Thomas Church, Thomaston
1884 – 1890
Founder of the Atlantic Council No. 18
April 8, 1885
This Plaque Presented By The Supreme Council On The 100th
Anniversary Of The Founding Of Council 18 By Fr. McGivney
Virgil G. Dechant Supreme Knight
Ralph A. Grandpre Grand Knight • Rev. Bernard J. Flynn Chaplain • Mark Malley . . . — Map (db m28121) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), East Haven — Bronze Bell|
Presented to the Town of East Haven
Commemorating American Bicentennial
1776 – 1976
By the Exchange Club of East Haven
It Served the Christ Church Congregation
From 1848 to 1964
Also Presented By
Masonic Lodge #138 AF & AM — Map (db m35583) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), Meriden — First Masonic Lodge in Meriden|
| Near This Site
Meridian Lodge No. 77
A. F. & A. M.
Was Instituted As
The First Masonic
Lodge In Meriden
On Jan. 1, 1851 — Map (db m26597) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), New Haven — Pierpont Edwards|
Son of the Rev. Jonathan & Sarah Pierpont Edwards
Master of Hiram Lodge #1, 1777-78
First Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut, July 8, 1789
Member of the Continental Congress
Lawyer – Legislator – Soldier – Mason
Brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages
Milton, Tractate Of Education
Born April 8, 1750
Died April 5, 1826
[ east side ]
Died July . . . — Map (db m52018) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), New Haven — Society of The Cincinnati Memorial|
The Society of The Cincinnati
In the State of Connecticut
In Memory Of
Captain Judah Alden • Captain Samuel Allyn • Captain Simeon Allyn • Ensign Daniel Avery • Lieutenant Eienezer Avery • Captain Elijah Avery • Captain Esisa Avery • Captain Remember Baker • Lieutenant David Barber • Lieutenant Silas Benham • Captain Stephen Brown • Lieutenant Asahel Buck • Lieutenant Jonathan Buck • Captain Hubbard D. Burrows • Major James Chapman • Lieutenant Richard Chapman • Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m35729) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), Waterbury — Reverend Michael Joseph McGivney|
| Reverend Michael Joseph McGivney 1852 – 1890
Founder of The Knights of Columbus New Haven, Conn. March 29, 1882
[ back ]
Erected March 29, 1957 by the Supreme Council Knights of Columbus at the Birthplace of its Founder — Map (db m24039) HM|
|Connecticut (New Haven County), Waterbury — UNICO National|
Commemorating The 50th Anniversary
Of The Founding Of
Hotel Elton, Waterbury, Connecticut
October 10, 1922
"Service Above Self" — Map (db m36067) HM|
|Delaware (New Castle County), New Castle — NC-158 — St. John's Lodge no. 2 — Grand Lodge of Delaware, A.F.&A.M.|
|First chartered by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania as Lodge No. 33 on April 3, 1781. Early meetings were held alternately at Christiana Bridge and New Castle. This was one of four Lodges whose representatives gathered in Wilmington on June 6 and 7, 1806, to form the Grand Lodge of Delaware. At this historic meeting the Lodge was formally warranted as St. John's Lodge No. 2. Joseph Israel, a Revolutionary War officer who had served as Charter Master of Lodge No. 33, was selected to serve as . . . — Map (db m14134) HM|
|Delaware (New Castle County), Newark — NC-159 — Hiram Lodge No. 25 — Grand Lodge of Delaware, A.F. & A.M.|
|By the 1780's members of the Masonic fraternity were organized and meeting locally. On December 6, 1802, a charter was issued by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for Lodge No. 96 in Newark. This was one of four Lodges whose representatives gathered in Wilmington on June 6 and 7, 1806, to form the Grand Lodge of Delaware. At this historic session the Lodge was formally warranted as Hiram Lodge No. 3. regular meetings were discontinued circa 1827. On June 27, 1870, Masonry was restored in this . . . — Map (db m9972) HM|
|Delaware (New Castle County), Newark — NC-130 — New Century Club|
|In 1893 a group of Newark women established a literary and social organization known as the Tuesday Club. Later renamed the New Century Club, the organization became part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Committed to matters of civic responsibility, the Club's adoption of the motto "Not for ourselves alone" reflected its deep interest in social service. Throughout its history the New Century Club of Newark has played a key role in advancing education, healthcare, environmental . . . — Map (db m9969) HM|
|Delaware (New Castle County), Newark — NC-139 — Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F.|
|The origins of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows can be traced to the creation of beneficial trade societies in England. Composed of craftsmen who practiced a variety of different or "odd" occupations, the purpose of these organizations was to support the needs of members and improve the communities in which they lived. The I.O.O.F. was formally established in this country in 1819. In 1834, the Odd Follows of North America separated from the English Order. Some years later, a group of Newark . . . — Map (db m9898) HM|
|Delaware (New Castle County), Newark — NC-129 — Pride of Delaware Lodge #349 IBPOEW|
|The Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World was formally organized in 1898. Designed to promote civic improvements, the IBPOEW is one of the largest fraternal organizations of its type in the world. Responding to the request of a group of Newark citizens, the IBPOEW issued a charter for Pride of Delaware Lodge #349 on March 29, 1923. The first Exalted Ruler of the new lodge was W. G. Saunders, a long-time leader in Newark's African-American community. The present Lodge Hall . . . — Map (db m9974) HM|
|Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-95 — Academy / Masonic Hall|
|In 1827 the Delaware legislature authorized a lottery for the purpose of funding the construction of “an Academy and Masonic Hall.” Land was purchased in 1840, and construction commenced the following year. The building was formally dedicated on December 28, 1842. The Georgetown Academy had a prestigious reputation and was attended by students from throughout the county. Classes at this private institution were discontinued in 1885 when a new public school was built in the town. In . . . — Map (db m427) HM|
|Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-202 — Hope Lodge No. 4 — Grand Lodge of Delaware , A.F. & A.M.|
|On June 23, 1800, a charter was issued by the
Grand Lodge of Maryland for Lodge No. 31 in
“Laurel Town.” The first Worshipful Master of
the Lodge was Jesse Green (1766-1834). A Maryland
native who moved to Delaware in the 1790s, he
was a long-time member and leader of the General
Assembly who served as Adjutant General of the
State during the War of 1812. Green was the
presiding officer when representatives of four
Lodges gathered in Wilmington on June 6 and 7,
. . . — Map (db m60600) HM|
|Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-161 — The Zwaanendael Club|
|This building was constructed in 1898 by the Sussex Trust Title and Safe Deposit Company. It was opened in October of that year, and continued to serve as the Lewes branch of the bank until being replaced by a new structure on Second Street in 1911. The property was subsequently sold, and for a time was used as a store. On December 14, 1929, it was donated to the Zwaanendael Women’s
Club by Virginia L. Mustard, a Charter Member of the organization.
Founded in 1905, the Zwaanendael Club . . . — Map (db m37396) HM|
|Delaware (Sussex County), Seaford — SC-114 — Nanticoke Post No. 6|
|In 1926 a group of local World War I veterans held a meeting in Burton’s Hardware Store for the purpose of organizing an American Legion Post in Seaford. The initial effort was unsuccessful, but later that year plans were revived and Nanticoke Post No. 6 received its charter. In 1934 members constructed the present Post home here on the former site of St. John’s Methodist Episcopal Church. Church trustees had obtained the property in 1818 to serve as the site for “Bochim’s Meeting . . . — Map (db m38659) HM|
|District of Columbia, Washington — Tupelo Tree — (Nyssa Sylvatica)|
| This & neighboring trees were
From all parts of the country
Camp Fire Girls
At a National Conservation Rally
April 12, 1936 in memory of
Dr. Luther H. Gulick
First President — Map (db m65020) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Chinatown — e.6 — Chinatown — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail|
|dragons to bring rain, prosperity and friendship
More than 280 dragons, crowned by 700 glazed tiles, look down from the Chinatown Friendship Archway before you. Symbols of the spirits that bring rain and prosperity in China, these painted and carved dragons are fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in the ancient Chinese building tradition of "gong" balancing. Seven roofs of weighing nine tons each are cantilevered, with no nails almost 50 feet above the street.
This is . . . — Map (db m26935) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown — Reserve Officers Association of the United States|
|At this site on the 2nd of October 1922 General of the Armies John J. Pershing met with 140 World War I reserve officers and founded the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. At the meeting General Pershing said: "I consider this gathering perhaps one of the most important, from a military point of view, that has assembled in Washington or anywhere else within the confines of this country within my time."
Army Reserve Brigadier General Henry J. Reilly was elected . . . — Map (db m6503) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Foggy Bottom — Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms|
|This Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms
is a gift
to The George Washington University
from the Fellows of the College
Pembroke College, Oxford, was founded in 1624 by James I and two “rich citizens of Abingdon.” The College was named after the third Earl of Pembroke, who was Chancellor of Oxford University at the time. He was expected to make a substantial benefactions; unhappily, he died in 1630 without doing so. Charles I gave the College an important endowment. . . . — Map (db m53488) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — Dumbarton House — Headquarters of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America — Georgetown Historic District|
The site was part of a tract called “The Rock of Dumbarton” patented 1703 by Nintan Beall.
The house was probably started 1799 by Samuel Jackson. It was completed 1805 by Joseph Nourse, first Registrar of the Treasury. He sold the property 1813 to Charles Carroll who named it “Bellevue.” Purchased by this Society 1928, it was restored to the early Federal period, renamed; and opened to the public 1932. The house formerly blocked Q Street and was moved to Q Street and was moved to its present location, 1915. — Map (db m33794) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Judiciary Square — Albert Pike Monument|
|[pedestal, north face:]
Laborum Ejus Supersites Sunt Fructus
Author - Poet
[pedestal, west face:]
Scholar - Soldier
[pedestal, south face:]
Erected 1901 by the Supreme Council of
the A. A. S. R. of Freemasonry
for the S. J. U.S.A.
Philanthropist - Philosopher
[pedestal, east face:]
Jurist - Orator — Map (db m29652) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northeast — "Ole Jim" — Peikoff Alumni House — Gallaudet University|
“Ole Jim” Fondly known by Gallaudet alumni as “Ole Jim,” this building was the first Gallaudet College gymnasium. Designed by Frederick Withers and built in 1881, it was the nation’s second gymnasium with an indoor swimming pool. Designated as one of the National Historical Landmarks on campus, it was restored in 1982 as the Alumni House with funds raised largely by the Gallaudet alumni and their friends. This plaque donated by the Class . . . — Map (db m40440) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northeast — The Freedom Bell|
|Dedicated to the spirit of the Bicentennial on behalf of the children of our nation. — Map (db m8817) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — 5 — Build It And They Will Come — Battleground to Community — Brightwood Heritage Trail|
| In 1818 the Private Rockville and Washington Turnpike Co. began building a road to link Washington City to Rockville, Maryland. This road helped create a village. A toll gate on what today is Georgia Avenue between Quackenbos and Rittenhouse streets encouraged travelers to pause here. Lewis Burnett built a roadhouse, or restaurant, just across Missouri Avenue to your left. By the early 1860s the roadhouse became Moreland Tavern, offering sleeping accommodations. During the Civil War, the . . . — Map (db m49494) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority|
| Commemorating the Centennial Year Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Rankin Chapel, site of the Founder's Window erected in honor of the Sixteen Pillars of AKA, January 14, 1978.
Dr. Barbara A. Mckinzie, Centennial International President. Marker dedicated January 15, 2008 — Map (db m15659) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — Constitution Hall|
|has been designated a
This site possesses national significance
In commemorating the history of the
United States of America
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m50841) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — General Federation of Women’s Clubs|
| The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of other through volunteer service. Founded in 1890, it is one of the world’s largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organizations. Under the motto, “Unity in Diversity,” GFWC’s local member clubs in the USA and around the world have built an outstanding record of philanthropy, social and political advocacy, . . . — Map (db m32128) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — John Logan Memorial — National Mall & Memorial Parks|
| “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.” John A. Logan
Photo: John A. Logan 1826-1886
Politician turned soldier, Illinois Congressman John Alexander Logan ranks among the great Civil War heroes. Faithful to Abraham Lincoln and the Union, he courageously fought alongside Federal troops in . . . — Map (db m53016) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — Memorial Day Order|
|General Orders No. 11 Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late Rebellion, and those bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such . . . — Map (db m53026) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — NSDAR Founders Memorial|
| The NSDAR was founded in Washington DC on October 11, 1890. On April 17, 1929, Grace L. H. Brosseau, President General, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, dedicated this memorial to the four founders of the NSDAR: Mary Desha, Mary Smith Lockwood, Ellen Hardin Walworth, and Eugenia Washington. The objectives of the NSDAR are to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Since 1890 the NSDAR has welcomed more than 860,000 members.
Noted artist and . . . — Map (db m50836) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Northwest — Site of Chamberlin's|
|The Site of Chamberlin's Where The General Society Sons of the Revolution was organized April 19, 1890 — Map (db m17531) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — .2 — Ceremony at the Crossroads — Civil War to Civil Rights — Downtown Heritage Trail|
|“Imagine a great avenue [with] solid ranks of soldiers, just marching steady all day long, for two days. ...” Walt Whitman. It took two days for the grand parade of 200,000 victorious Union soldiers described by the great American poet and Civil War nurse Walt Whitman to march down Pennsylvania Avenue past this spot, headed for review by President Andrew Johnson at the White House. Whitman might have been standing right here on May 23 or 24, 1865. This had been the ceremonial and . . . — Map (db m14875) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Chief Petty Officers — Chief Petty Officers’ Centennial Time Capsule — 2093|
| The rank of chief petty officer - the senior position among naval enlisted ranks - was established by the Navy Department in 1893. A time capsule was placed within this foundation on 13 October 1993 to be opened in the chiefs’ bicentennial year 2093.
The chief petty officers serving in the 1993 centennial year are honored to pass on these items representative of our first 100 years of service to our country and navy to the chiefs serving in the 2003 bicentennial year. As we look to the . . . — Map (db m31913) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia — 1000 U Street, NW — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC|
| The first African Masonic order south of the Mason-Dixon line was founded in the District of Columbia in 1825. Social Lodge No. 7, as it was known, combined with two other lodges in 1848 to form the Union Grand Lodge. Later, the name was changed to honor Prince Hall, a Revolutionary War veteran who in 1784 obtained permission from Grand Lodge of Ancients in England to establish a "Lodge of Free Negroes" in Boston. This building, designed by Albert I. Cassell and built between 1922 and 1930, . . . — Map (db m33737) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — Phyllis Wheatley YWCA — 901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW — African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC|
| This was the city’s first Young Women’s Christian Association and the nation’s only independent Black YWCA. It was organized in Southwest Washington as the Colored YWCA in 1905 by members of the Book Lovers Club, a Black women’s literary group led by Rosetta Lawson, one of the co-founders of Frelinghuysen University. The founders sought to provide affordable housing and services to African American women and girls flocking to the city to seek employment. In 1920, after a number of moves, the . . . — Map (db m41742) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Shaw — 2 of 14 — The True Reformer Building — City Within a City — Greater U Street Heritage Trail|
|The daily lives of residents of this historic African American community were woven together through hundreds of social and civic organizations--fraternal organizations, clubs, school alumni associations, civic associations and the like. The grand 5-story, Italianate building at the southwest corner of 12th and U Streets, known as the True Reformers Hall and later the Pythian Temple, was the setting for many of their activities. Completed in 1903, it was among the grandest buildings in the . . . — Map (db m12637) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), The National Mall — National Grange|
| Near this site The National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry was organized on December 4, 1867 in the office of the Superintendent of the Propagating Gardens Department of Agriculture The founders of the Grange were:
Oliver H. Kelley, John Trimble, Francis McDowell William Saunders, John H. Thomson, William M. Ireland,
Aaron B. Grosh - assisted by Caroline A. Hall.
This tablet erected by the National Grange, 1951. — Map (db m47448) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial|
|At this site will be erected the Martin Luther King, Jr .Memorial. The memorial will embody the man, the movement and the message. It will honor this 20th century visionary who brought about change through the principles of nonviolence and equally for all. It will be a memorial symbolizing promise and hope for a brighter future for humanity.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc is the sponsor of this memorial. Dedicated by Adrian L. Wallace, President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; John H. . . . — Map (db m208) HM|
|Florida (Bradford County), Starke — F-431 — Woman's Club of Starke|
|(Front text) The Woman’s Club of Starke, formerly known as the Mother’s Club, was founded in the late 19th century and held its meetings in the Bradford County High School. Their purpose was to assist the Bradford County High School. Only mothers were accepted as active members with teachers as honorary members. One of their earliest projects was furnishing a room in the school or a library and a study for the principal. They also provided students with books and clothing and hired a . . . — Map (db m34517) HM|
|Florida (Clay County), Green Cove Springs — F-496 — The Village Improvement Association Woman's Club|
|On February 20, 1883, the Village Improvement Association (V.I.A.) of Green Cove Springs was organized. Meetings were held in members’ homes. Money was raised to beautify the town, most of which was used for boardwalks, and 70 feet of clay pavement was laid. In 1888, the V.I.A. formed a children’s auxiliary known as the Star Branch, and ran the first public library until December 1961, when the Clay County Public Library was formed. A kindergarten was maintained from 1900 to 1904 in the public . . . — Map (db m65099) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — F-384 — German-American Club|
|Organized in 1901, the German-American Club was one of the few non-latin ethnic clubs in Tampa. Club members laid the cornerstone for a building on the northeast corner of Nebraska Avenue and 11th Avenue on February 23, 1908, followed by a grand opening on January 1, 1909. Fine classical details and proportions marked the three-story building, with concrete block molded to appear as tooled stone masonry. With a stage for speakers or theatrical productions, a swimming pool and a bowling . . . — Map (db m32372) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — Hillsborough Lodge — Number 25 F. & A. M.|
| Instituted January 24, 1850 The First Masonic Lodge in Tampa — Map (db m32866) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — F-430 — Il Cimitero Dell’Unione Italiana — (Italian Club Cemetery)|
|L’Unione Italiana, founded in 1894 in Ybor City, institutionalized the Italian funeral in Tampa when in 1896 it purchased this property from the prominent African-American Armwood family and dedicated it as a cemetery. The first Italians were buried here in 1893. Also buried here is Blanche Armwood (1890-1939), a nationally known educator. The Italian cemetery includes a parcel belonging to the Societa de Mutuo Soccorso (Mutual Aid Society). Ceramic photographs on grave markers and tombstones . . . — Map (db m43618) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — Jose Gasparilla — An 18th Century West Indiaman|
| This vessel named for Jose Gaspar a gentleman Lieutenant of the Royal Spanish Navy, who achieved great fame as a pirate headquartered on Florida's Gulf Coast.
As leader of a mutinous uprising, Lt. Gaspar seized command of the Spanish war-sloop FloridaBlanca in 1783. Known as "Gasparilla", he captured and destroyed thirty-six or more ships in twelve years of piracy; a career ended with an attack upon a U.S. Navy warship disguised as a merchantman. He was drowned when he leaped into the . . . — Map (db m34860) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — Old Schoolhouse — Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 1975|
|Built circa 1855 by Gen. Jesse Carter for his daughter Josephine. He employed Mrs. Louisa Porter as teacher. The first class included Josephine Carter, Janie Givens, Mary Lesley, Mary Kelly, Eugenia Spencer, Lizzie Spencer and Hayden Porter. Jessie J. Hayden purchased the property in 1865. His granddaughter Marion A. McKay was born in the school Oct. 8, 1875. In 1886 Henry B. Plant bought the property for his hotel. He saved the School and it was used as an apothecary shop by Dr. J. M. . . . — Map (db m33902) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — F-387 — Sociedad La Union Marti~Maceo|
|When local segration forced the withdrawal
of Afro-Cubans from El Club Nacional Cubano,
an organization of black and white Cubans
involved in Cuban independence, Afro-Cuban
cigarmakers founded a society in 1900 as Los
Libres Pensadores de Marti y Maceo. Ruperto
Pedroso, well known Afro-Cuban patriot, was
among the 23 original founders. The club
merged with La Union in 1904, resulting in the
new name, La Union Marti-Maceo. In 1909
members completed construction of a two-story . . . — Map (db m31708) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — TP 91 — The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago|
|In 1175, Pope Alexander III, authorized "La Orden Real Sant' Yago" to protect the Pilgrims' Way to the shrine of Santiago (St. James), at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Among the Spanish conquerors of America, Ponce De Leon, Panfile De Narvaez and Hernando De Soto were members.
In 1972, Ybor City civic leaders, Dr. Henry Fernandez, Cesar Gonzmart, Joe Granda, Joe Lopex, and Daniel Martinex obtained the first charter of the Order in America. The Krewe is dedicated to the . . . — Map (db m33058) HM|
|Florida (Polk County), Lakeland — F-457 — The Sorosis Club Building|
|In 1922 the Sorosis Club or sorority, a women's club in Lakeland, was organized. Named after the first incorporated women's club in America, the Sorosis Club of New York, the Sorosis Club's mission included service to the community, as well as social and cultural activities. This property was purchased in 1925 as the site for its new clubhouse. Plans for the Italian Renaissance building by W.B. Talley (1871-1956), a Lakeland architect, were approved in 1926, and construction was completed by N. . . . — Map (db m51933) HM|
|Florida (Seminole County), Sanford — The Sanford Herald Building — Erected - 1910 — 107 South Magnolia Avenue|
|This two story building was built in 1910. It served the Sanford Herald, a newspaper that began publication in 1908, as offices and printing room. The architect and builder was W.G. Hammond. The Sanford Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was chartered on March 7, 1889. The lodge moved from Cypress Avenue to this building in 1933. Construction is of rusticated concrete block and had the appearance of a small sixteenth century Florentine palazzo. The windows are plain with a . . . — Map (db m53247) HM|
|Florida (Volusia County), Daytona Beach — Halifax Lodge No. 81|
|This Property Has Been Placed On The
National Register Of Historic Places By The United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m50824) HM|
|Florida (Volusia County), DeLand — St. John's Masonic Lodge — 1925|
|This building was the St. John's Masonic Lodge #7. The cornerstone, containing the membership rolls of the Masonic bodies in DeLand, was laid Sept. 14, 1925. Designed by local architects, Carpenter & Bent, the lower floor originally accommodated a lobby, fireplace, and five stores. The second floor contained parlors and a large banquet room, and the third floor contained the lodge rooms. The oblong white openings on the top floor allowed ventilation but obscured from onlookers the meeting room . . . — Map (db m45669) HM|
|Florida (Volusia County), DeLand — The Woman's Club of DeLand — Established 1906|
|The Woman's Club of DeLand was organized in March 1906, and was incorporated on July 26 of that year with ninety-two charter members. Nearly from its inception club members wanted to have their own clubhouse. The organization purchased a lot on West Michigan Avenue in 1925. A clubhouse was constructed and dedicated on January 21, 1929. Through the years, the club has supported a multitude of community needs, the first of which was attaining legislation requiring cattle to be fenced. The Woman's . . . — Map (db m45507) HM|
|Florida (Walton County), DeFuniak Springs — F - 147 — Florida's First Confederate Monument|
|Shortly after the Civil War, the women of Walton County organized a "Ladies' Memorial Association," with Jeannett I. McKinnon as president, to erect a marble monument honoring Walton County's Confederate dead. The Association raised $250, and the monument was first erected in 1871 at Valley Church. It was moved to Euchee Anna, the count seat, and then to DeFuniak Springs when it became the county seat. — Map (db m39774) HM|
|Florida (Walton County), DeFuniak Springs — F - 377 — The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood|
|The original Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 on Lake Chautauqua in western New York state as a vacation school for Sunday school teachers. The idea of providing a retreat for improving religious and secular education for the general public spread rapidly throughout the nation in the 1880s, giving birth to independent Chautauquas that became platforms for discussion of the latest thinking in politics, economics, literature, science and religion. The first Florida Chautauqua convened . . . — Map (db m39773) HM|
|Florida (Walton County), DeFuniak Springs — Walton County Confederate Monument|
| Obelisk To the memory of the Confederate Dead of Walton Co. Florida. Erected by the Ladies of the Walton County Female Memorial Association. Base Southwest face Angus D. McLean, Col., 6th Fla. Vols. Murdoch M. Gillis, Capt. 6th Fla. Vols. Daniel D. McLean, Capt. 7th Fla. Vols. James McClellan, Lieut. 6th Fla. Vols. Arch. G. Morrison, Lieut. 6th Fla. Vols. Arch. G. Gillis, Lieut. 6th Fla. Vols. M.C. McRae, Lieut. 1st Fla. Vols. Angus D. Gillis, A.L. McCallum, Abram Koonce, A. . . . — Map (db m39775) HM|
|Florida (Walton County), DeFuniak Springs — F-267 — Walton-DeFuniak Library|
|The Walton-DeFuniak Library opened during the first decade of the existence of the town of DeFuniak Springs. This community originated in the early 1880's as a station on the new Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad. The town was named for Frederick de Funiak, president of the P. and A. Railroad, a subsidiary of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Railroad officials promoted the development of the area's recreational resources. In the mid-1880's, representatives of the widely popular Chautauqua . . . — Map (db m60246) HM|
|Georgia (Baldwin County), Milledgeville — Masonic Temple of Benevolent Lodge No 3, F. & A. M.|
|This is the oldest Masonic building in Georgia with continuous usage since its dedication on June 24, 1834. Funded through a state authorized lottery and constructed by John Marlor (also one of its architects with Samuel Tucker and James Doyle), this Georgian style building was among the more elegant structures in antebellum Georgia. It is also one of the earlier masonry structures west of the Oconee River.
The Grand Lodge of Georgia met here annually from December 1834 through the 1845 . . . — Map (db m36729) HM|
|Georgia (Bibb County), Macon — Freemasonry in Macon|
|Freemasonry came to Macon in 1824 when the city was in its infancy. Macon Lodge No. 5, F. &A.M., was organized in 1824 and chartered by the Grand Lodge of Georgia in 1825. Historians have referred to Macon lodge as being the “First society in the town of Macon.” In 1846 the Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. &A.M., moved its seat from Milledgeville to Macon and for many years held its annual communications in the hall of Macon Lodge No. 5.
Dr. Ambrose Baber, M.D., a physician and . . . — Map (db m54733) HM|
|Georgia (Bibb County), Macon — In Memory of J. Wilson Parker|
|In Memory of J. Wilson Parker
June 26, 1895 ------ July 27, 1966
Grand Master 1940
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Masonic Home of Georgia, 1946-1966
Raised in Fairburn Lodge No. 180, F. & A. M., 1920; Worshipful Master 1923 and 1943; High Priest, Fairburn Chapter No. 24, R. A. M., 1926; Illustrious Master, Fairburn Council No 45, R. & S. M., 1926; Eminent Commander, Constantine Commandery No. 26, 1939, E. Grand Captain General, Grand Commandery; Past Sovereign Red Cross of . . . — Map (db m49146) HM|
|Georgia (Bibb County), Macon — In Memory of Max Meyerhardt — October 18, 1855 – March 2, 1923 — Founder of the Masonic Home of Georgia|
|Worshipful Master of Cherokee Lodge No. 66, F. & A. M., Rome, 1885-1923; Worshipful Master of the Seventh District Masonic Convention, 1897-1923; Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia 1900-1907; High Priest Rome Chapter No. 26, R.A.M; 1893-1896; thrice Illustrious Master of Rome Council No. 15, R. & S. M.; Grand Master, Grand Council, 1917; 32° Scottish Rite Mason; Shriner.
Eminent Lawyer – Eloquent Orator – Distinguished Scholar – Defender of the Helpless – . . . — Map (db m49193) HM|
|Georgia (Bibb County), Macon — M. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia — Free and Accepted Masons|
|The first Masonic meeting in Georgia was held in 1734 at the town of Sunbury in what is now Liberty County, with General James Edward Oglethorpe serving as Worshipful Master. This was just seventeen years after the formation of the Grand Lodge of England, on February 21, 1734. “The Lodge at Savannah in ye Province of Georgia,” which is now Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, was organized with General Oglethorpe as the first Worshipful Master. The Grand Lodge of Georgia was organized in 1735 by . . . — Map (db m49663) HM|
|Georgia (Bibb County), Macon — Post 3 Macon|
|We of the American Legion honor those men who lost their lives in the Viet-Nam Conflict Aug. 5, 1964 to Aug. 15, 1973 from Bibb County, GA.
* ARMY * *MARINES* *AIR FORCE*
Baker, J. W.
Betleyoun, G. C.
Cannady, W. M.
Cochran, W. S.
Dixon, C. L.
Felts, E. Jr.
Fields, W. S.
Fouche, P. J.
Furney, W. L.
Green. S. N.
Hardison, A. C.
Haze, H. . . . — Map (db m53432) HM|
|Georgia (Camden County), St. Marys — George Washington Oak Tree Site|
| Following the death of
President George Washington
on December 14, 1799, local
citizens and members of
Camden Lodge #16 planted
six Oak trees in a
memorial service honoring
this famous Statesman,
Soldier and Free Mason. This
monument marks the spot of
the last of these oak trees
which was removed in 1987. — Map (db m63927) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — "Tyrants Fall In Every Foe Liberty's In Every Blow"|
|In the memory of our Scotish forebears, whose valor inspired these immortal lines by Robert Burns, this marker is gratefully dedicated by the Saint Andrew's Society of Savannah, Georgia on its 250th Anniversary.
(1737 - 1987) 3 May 1987 — Map (db m6265) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemansonry — Savannah, Georgia|
|The Scottish rite of freemasonry was introduced into Georgia in 1792 by the brother Abraham Jacobs. The first degrees of the rite of perfection to be communicated in Savannah were on April 17,1796, when Jacobs conferred the degrees on James Clark, past master, Solomon’s lodge NO. 1. F. & A. M. At Charleston, S. C., On May 31, 1801, the supreme council. 33°, (mother council of the world) of the A. & A. S. R., S. J., U. S. A., was established. On December 4, 1802, the supreme council, at . . . — Map (db m5655) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — Birthplace of Girl Scouting|
|Birthplace of Girl Scouting in the United States March 12, 1912
This building formerly the stable of Julliette Low ••Founder••
The meeting place of the first Girl Scout Troops in the United States
Dedicated October, 1937 — Map (db m8297) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — Birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low|
| . . . — Map (db m5582) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — 025-34 — Birthplace of Juliette Low — (1860-1927) — Founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.|
|In the house that stands opposite this marker, Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, was born, October 31, 1860. It was her girlhood home until her marriage there in 1886 to William Low, an Englishman, then residing in Savannah.
As a friend of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, Juliette Low became active in Girl Guide work in England and Scotland in 1911. It was at his suggestion that she started Girl Scouting in America. On March 12, . . . — Map (db m5581) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — 027-87 — First Girl Scout Headquarters in America|
|The house adjacent to this building was the home of Juliette Gordon Low at the time she founded Girl Scouting in the United States, March 12, 1912. Formerly the carriage-house and stable of the Low mansion, this building became that year the first Girl Scout headquarters in America.
At the death of Mrs. Low in 1927 the Founder of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. willed the original headquarters to the Girl Scouts of Savannah (now The Girl Scout Council of Savannah, Georgia, Inc.). This building . . . — Map (db m5583) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — Juliette Low|
|Founder in the United States
of the Girl Scouts ---- 1912
"She gave the lead — she is not dead if we
but keep alive the spirit that was hers
— Robert Baden Powell — Map (db m8305) HM|
|Georgia (Chatham County), Savannah — Police Officers Monument|
Above and Beyond
"Lest We Forget"
Dedicated to the Memory
of police officers
who gave their lives
in the line of duty
Above And Beyond
"Lest We Forget"
Savannah Police Officers
Samuel Bryson 1868 •
Robert E. Read 1868 •
John Dan Sullivan 1869 •
Habersham W. Harvey 1881 •
Patrick McMurray 1888 •
J.C. Neve 1894 •
Walter H. Marlow 1921 •
Phillip E. Steeves 1922 •
William F. Godges 1924 •
Albert Lamb 1926 •
William C. . . . — Map (db m5315) HM|