Fraternal Organizations



Oddfellows in Vestments & Sashes - Private Donor - THRP Special Collections

Fraternal organizations were introduced to Utah in the 1860's not long after Col. Patrick Connor and his troops arrived, but it was not until the 1870's when mining camps flourished that the brotherhoods flourished as well. Masons, Oddfellows, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Pythias, and many more, each with their own customs, rites, rituals, and regalia. The number of lodges grew as the number of men accepted into the orders grew. At one time, the number of men participating counted in the tens of thousands, but like the mining camps, in time, the numbers would dwindle and fade, some orders disappearing completely. 
In these pages I will share images, information, stories and more related to these benevolent organizations. Documents of all kinds, including rare pieces from some of Utah's prominet and noted mining camps. Together, they tell this part of the Treasure House story.
The links below will take you to the pages of individual groups. I begin with the Oddfellows...  

International Order of Oddfellows - (IOOF)