What's in a Portrait?

Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Patriarchs Militant

Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Patriarchs Militant, 1870-1900
United States
Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobson Jr., 86.60.4

A portrait is someone’s likeness captured in paint, ink, or in a photograph, but it is also much more. Portraits serve many purposes: they function as personal and family mementos, document accomplishments, or show the owner’s admiration of a celebrated figure.

The portraits exhibited here—from the collection of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Libraryhelp tell the story of the many people who participated in and shaped Masonic and fraternal organizations in the United States for over two hundred years.

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