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Aerial view of 10th and Van Buren Streets in Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of 10th and Van Buren Streets in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is an aerial view showing 10th and Van Buren Streets located south of the Kansas capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The building on the southeast corner is the Masonic Lodge.


Charles Otto Varner class in Wichita, Kansas

Charles Otto Varner class in Wichita, Kansas
Date: April 26, 1951
This is a photograph showing the Charles Otto Varner class of the Free Masons at the Wichita Consistory in Wichita, Kansas. Glee S. Smith, Jr., class president, is seated eighth from the right in the front row. As an adult, Smith lived in Larned, Kansas.


Construction on the Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas

Construction on the Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas
Creator: Dyer
Date: Between 1925 and 1930
These four sepia colored postcards show a group of men building the Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas.


Ebberly J. Leigh

Ebberly J. Leigh
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Dr. Ebberly J. Leigh,(1860-1939), a physician from Hiawatha, KS, from the book entitled "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" by Grant W. Harrington. Leigh, a native of Highland, Kansas, graduated in 1884 with a medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation he returned to Kansas where he practiced alongside his father Dr. Jonathan Leigh in Hiawatha. For over fifty years Dr. Ebberly Leigh served as the physician for many of the pioneer families of Brown County. Actively involved in the community, Dr. Leigh held a life long membership in the fraternal organizations of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also organized the fraternal organizations of the Oak Leaf Camp of the Modern Woodmen and the Life and Annuity Association. Dr. Ebberly Leigh's lifelong dedication to the Hiawatha community came to a close on February 18, 1939 when he died at the age of seventy-nine after a lengthy illness.


Frank Carlson, United States senator

Frank Carlson, United States senator
Date: October 2, 1967
A photograph of Frank Carlson, Kansas United States Senator, wearing a 33rd degree Scottish Rite prayer hat. Carlson belonged to the St. John Lodge at Concordia(Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons)and became a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Salina on Nov. 18, 1937. He was honored with Knight Commander Court of Honour 32nd Degree on Oct. 21, 1947 and raised to 33rd Degree Oct. 19, 1953.


Freemasons, By-Laws of Tecumseh Lodge No. 15

Freemasons, By-Laws of Tecumseh Lodge No. 15
Creator: Freemasons. Tecumseh Lodge No. 15
Date: 1859
The various types of freemasons groups are part of a secret international society. This lodge was located in Tecumseh, Douglas County, Kansas Territory.


Grocery store, with the Masonic Lodge meeting place on the second floor, Horace, Greeley County, Kansas

Grocery store, with the Masonic Lodge meeting place on the second floor, Horace, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A grocery store building in Horace, Greeley County, Kansas. On the second floor of this building was the meeting place for the local Masonic Lodge.


Ira J. Lacock

Ira J. Lacock
Creator: Hickox, R.A., Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1884 and 1889
This cabinet card shows Ira J. Lacock (1831-1900), a lawyer from Hiawatha, Kansas. Lacock was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1856 and later admitted to the bar in 1858. He moved in 1860 to Hiawatha, Kansas where he built a thriving law practice. During the Civil War, he organized and became captain of the Hiawatha Guards. This local militia attempted to join the First Kansas Infantry but later disbanded when their services were not needed. In 1862, he ran on the Republican ticket and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the eleventh district. He was re-elected in 1863 and in 1865. At the start of Lancock's third term, his constituents asked that he resign for his failure to support a bill that allowed the railroad companies to obtain land that was originally entitled to the school district. On February 12, 1866, Lacock resigned his seat in the legislature and returned to Hiawatha. On August 16, 1866, he purchased the Union Sentinel newspaper. For a year he published and edited the paper before selling it on November 7, 1867. He was elected county attorney of Brown County in 1872, 1878, and 1888. For a number of years he also served as a Mason and master of Hiawatha Lodge, No. 35. On June 18, 1900 while addressing a meeting at the court house, Ira J. Lacock dropped to the floor dead at the age of sixty-nine.


Job's Daughters float, Kaffir Corn Carnival, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas

Job's Daughters float, Kaffir Corn Carnival, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas
Date: 1920-1929
This photograph shows a horse-drawn float created by the Daughers of Job for the Kaffir Corn Carnival Parade along Central Avenue in El Dorado. The parade can be seen moving west down West Central Avenue in El Dorado. This publication was funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


John Jacob Beiser, a mascot for the Mirza Temple Shrine in Pittsburg, Kansas

John Jacob Beiser, a mascot for the Mirza Temple Shrine in Pittsburg, Kansas
Creator: Ferguson, W. W.
Date: 1920
This is a photograph of John Jacob Beiser, age five, dressed in the Mirza Temple Shrine attire. The son of John Edward Beiser and Charlotte Booth Beiser, he was a mascot for the Mirza Temple Shrine in Pittsburg, Kansas.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject convention centers - courthouses

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject convention centers - courthouses
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subjects included in this part of the collection are convention centers (including livestock arenas), courthouses, and courtrooms.


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Lynn Seely Herbert

Lynn Seely Herbert
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Lynn Seely Herbert,(1822-1903), a teacher from Hiawatha, KS, from the book entitled "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" by Grant W. Harrington. Herbert, a native of Millsboro, Pennsylvania graduated from the Normal School in California, Pennsylvania with a certificate in teaching. Upon graduation he taught in the Pennsylvania communities of Fayette City, Uniontown and Pittsburgh before moving in 1870 to Hiawatha. In this northeastern Kansas town Herbert established a successful teaching career and was appointed in 1872, principal of the Hiawatha school system. Later he served as a school examiner. Actively involved in the community, Herbert held a life long membership in the fraternal organizations of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also held various appointed offices that included justice of the peace, census taker and police judge. For more than twenty years he was justice of the city of Hiawatha. On December 30, 1903, Herbert's life long dedication to the Hiawatha community came to a close when he died at the age of eighty.


M W Grand Lodge, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Kansas at the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, Kansas

M W Grand Lodge, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Kansas at the Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, Kansas
Date: February 17, 1915
This panoramic photograph shows several hundred members of the M W Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. They are posed in front of the Masonic Home in Wichita, Kansas. There are some boys at the right side of the image. The Masons are a benevolent fraternal order. The home in this image was opened in 1896. The three story limestone home was purchased from Col. Robert E. Law. It was located at Seneca and Maple Streets in Wichita. While owned by Col. Law, the site was called Maplewood and consisted of 15 acres. The captioning on the center of the photograph is difficult to see.


Masonic Festival announcement

Masonic Festival announcement
Creator: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Lawrence Lodge No. 6
Date: December 27, 1859
Announcement of a Masonic Festival to be held at the Masonic Hall in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, for the public installation of the officers of Lawrence Lodge No. 6 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AFAM).


Masonic Hall, De Soto, Kansas

Masonic Hall, De Soto, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photographs shows a street scene in De Soto, Kansas. Several buildings and store fronts are visible including the Masonic Hall, a meat market, and the J. W. Hiddleston store. A sign on the Hiddleston building appears to read "Horse Furnishing Goods". Two men sit on a crate outside the Masonic Hall. Handwriting on the original print identifies one of the men to be "Uncle Billy Hiddleston." Additional handwriting notes "Built 1908" but it is not clear which building is being referred to. A hitching post and barber shop pole are also visible.


Masonic Temple Building, Larned, Kansas

Masonic Temple Building, Larned, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1930
This is a photograph of the Masonic Temple Building in Larned, Kansas. There is a very large banner on the building advertising a bankrupt stocks sale.


Masonic Temple, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas

Masonic Temple, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
Exterior view of the Masonic Temple, Dodge City, Kansas.


Masonic Temple, Lawrence, Kansas

Masonic Temple, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: Between 2002 and 2007
A winter view of the Masonic Temple building located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 10th and Massachusetts Streets in Lawrence, Kansas. Also visible are pedestrians, parked automobiles, streetlights, traffic signals, a banner displaying the University of Kansas' "Jayhawk" mascot, and a Jayhawk mascot sculpture located on the sidewalk in front of the Temple building.


Masonic Temple, Salina, Kansas

Masonic Temple, Salina, Kansas
Date: January 30, 1922
This photograph shows the Masonic Temple, destroyed by fire, in Salina, Kansas. In the foreground several people view the damage.


Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas

Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas
Date: Between 1925 and 1930
This is a postcard showing either an artist's or architect's depiction of the Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas.


Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas

Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas
Date: Between 1931 and 1932
This is a photograph of the Masonic Temple in Oberlin, Kansas.


Masonic bulding in Perry, Kansas

Masonic bulding in Perry, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a photograph of the Masonic building located at 207 Elm Street in Perry, Kansas.


Members of the Eastern Star, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Members of the Eastern Star, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This is a studio group portrait of members of the Eastern Star in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas.


Members of the original Order of DeMolay in Kansas City, Missouri

Members of the original Order of DeMolay in Kansas City, Missouri
Creator: Anderson
Date: 1919
This is a photograph showing members of the original Order of DeMolay, an organization connected to the Masonic Lodge. It was open for membership to young men between the ages of 12 and 21. The Order of DeMolay was founded in 1919 with nine members, most of whom lived near each other in Kansas City, Missouri. DeMolay was named for Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. A family connection to Masonry was not a prerequisite for membership into DeMolay.


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