Special Gatherings

King Oscar Lodge No. 855 Chicago, Illinois, 1916 Outing

King Oscar Lodge No. 855 Chicago, Illinois, 1916 Outing, ca. 1916 

Ansco Company 

Binghamton, New York

Museum Purchase, A96/066/0880

Photographic group portraits often documented special events, such as an important meeting, a rare gathering, a new lodge, a celebratory excursion, or the election of new officers. With photography, this kind of portrait could be taken with relative ease and manageable expense.

Photographic portraits became increasingly common into the 1900s and offer the modern viewer the chance to learn about the people and groups depicted in them. We can better understand these images when we ask the question, “What does this portrait tell us?”

DeMolay Baseball Team

DeMolay Baseball Team, 1933. S.H. Kingsbury

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Museum Purchase, 2019.020

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Outside of City Hall

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Outside of City Hall, ca. 1897

Brockton, Massachusetts

Special Acquisitions Fund, 89.1

Special Gatherings