Knights of Pythias Lodge 48. - - 1912 - 1986.- - 86 cm of textual records, 439 photographs

The Powell River Knights of Pythias Lodge # 48 was one of the first fraternal groups in Powell River. Instituted March 8th 1912, the fledgling group was given support, furniture, regalia from the Vancouver Mount Pleasant Lodge #11. The Knights of Pythias were committed to fraternal love and charity with reports of their works being sent to the British Columbia Knights of Pythias, who in turn, reported to the Supreme Lodge of Pythias in the United States. The founders of the Lodge 48 felt that a women's equivalent of their Lodge would be expedient and on Dec 16 1916 the Pythian Sisters White Temple #11 was given their charter. Both groups worked together within the ad-hoc commitee format in three main projects: Powell River Music Festival, Cerebral Palsy and Public Speaking Contest. The Powell River Music Festival started in 1945 with the Pythian organizations taking over the running of it in 1946 through to 1987. The Cerebral Palsy campaign continued for some years as did a Public Speaking. Lodge #48's first community efforts was to sponsor a soccer team and in the 1950's the joined with other local groups to purchase land at Lang Bay for a waterfront park, not known as Palm Beach Park. The Knights of Pythias became dormant, due to declining membership and the age of the members, in 1986.

The fonds consists of records of the Knights of Pythias. Includes legal records, minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership files, reports of conventions, manuals for rituals, directories, history, lists, inventory, publications, ephemera and photographs.

1. Series: Legal
Legal: - - 1906,1930, 1944,1947, 1948,1951, 1952, 1954,1962,1967 - - 10 cm of textual records.

The series consists of By-laws of Knights of Pythias, Lodge #48, constitution, by-laws and statutes of Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Supreme Constitution of the Supreme Lodge, Last Will and Testament of Rudolphe LeMay, Indenture with Rodolph LeMay for Lot 4900, Land Lease Agreement with G. Lewis for Lot 4900, Tax form for Lot 4900. Constitution and By-Laws for the Powell River Pythian Hall Society. Title based on content of series.

2. Series: Minutes
Minutes: 1918 - 1924, 1951- 1972 . - - 10 cm of textual records.

The series consists of minutes of Knights of Pythias Lodge #48.

Title based on content of series.

3. Series: Correspondence
Correspondence: - 1940; 1956-1983 [ not complete ] . - - 5 cm of textual records.

The series consists of correspondence and includes requests for donations from local organizations and from the British Columbia Knights of Pythias and the Supreme Lodge of Pythias. Title based on content of series.

4. Series: Financial
Financial. - -1912 - 1981 [ not complete ] . - - 20cm of textual records.

The series consists of treasurer reports, treasurer's vouchers and orders, cash books, bank book, bank statements and selected cancelled cheques and receipts. Title based on content of series.

5. Series: - Membership
Membership: - - 1918-1969 [ not complete. ] - 20cm of textual records

The series consists of membership registers, questions, applications and dues lists.

Title based on content of series.

6. Series: Reports and Directories
Reports and Directories - - 1929 - 1970. [ not complete ] - 4 cm of textual records

The series consists of reports of conventions of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Grand Domain of British Columbia, directories of the Supreme Lodge of the Knights of Pythias.

Title based on content of series.

7. Series: Manuals
Manuals: - - 1924, 1939, 1944-1948, 1958-1960. - -3 cm of textual records

The series consists of Manual for Subordinate Lodges, Reinstatement Ceremony, Signs Symbols and Colours, Degree of the Golden Spur, Roberts Rituals, Senator, Highway Code, Supreme Chancellor's ' Kit '.

Title based on content of series.

8. Series: History
History: - - 1961-1962. - - 2cm of textual records.

The series consists of pamphlets of Brief History of the Order of Knights of Pythias by the Supreme Lodge, and two pages of history about Powell River Lodge # 48.

Title based on contents of series.



9. Series: Inventory
Inventory: - - 1956. - - .5 cm of textual records.

The series consists of an inventory of regalia and furniture belonging to the organization.

Title based on contents of series.

10. Series: Publications
Publications : - -1953 - 1971. - -10cm textual records
The series consists of newsletters from the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Supreme Lodge in the USA and Pythian -Khorassan Herald with the name changing to Pythian International.

Title based contents of series.

11. Lists
Lists: - - 1950's - - .5cm of textual records.

The series consists of lists regarding early members and committees.

Title based on contents of series.

12. Ephemera
Ephemera: - - 1953 - - 1cm of textual records.

The series consists of a programme, cribbage score sheets and stationery. One newspaper clipping about the demise of the Knights of Pythias in Feb 1986.

Title based on contents of series.

13. Series: Committees
The series consists of records of the three ad -hoc committees of the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters. The Powell River Music Festival started in 1945 with the Pythian organizations taking over the running of it in 1946 through to 1987. The Cerebral Palsy campaign continued for some years as did a Public Speaking Contest.

The committee records are stored in the Pythian Sisters fonds # 201.

Title based on contents of series.

14. Photographs
Photographs: - 1950's - 439 photographs

The series consists of photographs pertaining to the members of the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters and the activities that they both participated in. Title based on contents of series.

Accession number 2011.73

Fonds #200