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Collection of Documents, Correspondence, and Ephemera from the Masonic Welcome Lodge No. 453 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia: 1869-1890. A collection of more than 1500 pages of documents from the now defunct Masonic Welcome Lodge No. 453 of Philadelphia dated 1869-1890. Among the contents are more than 250 petitions for membership, which include petitioners' names, ages, occupations, and addresses; 20 years of annual summaries, committee reports, rents and dues, sundry bills, and lodge notices; papers related to member demerits, grievances, and resignations; pleas for charity from members and their families; various correspondence with members and other lodges, including a proposal for an organ for Norman Hall; and several Masonic books and assorted ephemera. All near fine or better and organized into neat stacks bound with string and descriptive notes. Welcome Lodge No. 453 met in the Norman Hall of Philadelphia's beautiful, immense, and iconic Masonic Temple immediately following its construction in 1873. The cache of documents outlines the lodge's weekly activities; the ebb and flow of membership, new petitioners and transferring members from other cities; and annual expenses and charity activities. Also included are a copy of By-Laws of Corinthian "Chasseur" Commandery, No. 53, K.T. Stationed at Philadelphia from 1875; two copies of Extracts from the Ahiman Rezon from 1870 and 1883; two copies of the program for the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastern Star Lodge No. 186; and a half dozen lodge business cards. An interesting collection of Philadelphia-related Masonic documents from the center of American Masonic world of the 19th Century and also a gold mine of genealogical data related to the city's most prominent citizens who comprised Lodge No. 453's membership.
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