In the Lodge Room

Members of Altemont Lodge No. 26, Peterborough, New Hampshire

Members of Altemont Lodge, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1861
George H. Scripture (1839-1929)
Peterborough, New Hampshire
Museum Purchase, 2001.063

A new lodge room or the election of a new group of officers at a Masonic or fraternal lodge sometimes prompted the creation of a photograph to celebrate and document the event. 

In 1861, for example, members of Altemont Lodge No. 26, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, agreed to use lodge funds to pay for a “Miniature Frame” to be made and hung in their lodge room. This frame of miniature portraits would include “every Master Mason in regular standing in town”—be they a member of Altemont Lodge or not. Masons in the area were “...invited to deposit their ambrotypes with those of the Brothers of the Lodge.”

 

Royal Arch Officers in Regalia (Emmett B. Baker, Alex R. DeMarais, John K. Olsen, Frank E. Nelson)

Royal Arch Officers in Regalia (Emmett B. Baker, Alex R. DeMarais, John K. Olsen, Frank E. Nelson),
1969-1970
Dwight Davis (1897-1972)
Woburn, Massachusetts
Gift of Mystic-Woburn Royal Arch Chapter, Woburn, Massachusetts, 2014.082.13a

Emil Cruz with Companion

Emil Cruz with Companion, 1970
Pherlo Photo
Detroit, Michigan
Gift of Patricia Fé Andrews, 2016.070.20

Members of St. James Lodge No. 23, 1872

Members of St. James Lodge No. 23, 1872
Nathan D. Morgan (1821-1871)
Norwich, Connecticut
Gift of Valley of Norwich, Connecticut, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction,
U.S.A., 2003.018.3a-b

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Officers

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Officers, 1860-1900
Thomas Rice Burnham (1834-1893)
Boston, Massachusetts
Museum Purchase, 2001.070.2