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A view of the library, circa 1905
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While we do not have details about the place or people
associated with the Pythian Sisters riding in the float in the picture above,
it is estimated that the picture was taken between 1910 and 1925. The streets
are made of brick, and a horse drawn vehicle can be seen on the left side of
the picture. It could have been for a patriotic parade during the First World War.
The Pythian Sisters are an auxiliary group connected with the
fraternal organization known as the Knights of Pythias. The mission of the Pythian Sisters is:
To bring together women of diverse
backgrounds and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others
grow through the principles of Purity, Love, Equality, and Fidelity.
Local Sandusky newspapers, available on
microfilm at the SanduskyLibraryArchivesResearchCenter,
covered the activities of the Pythian Sisters on the Society Page. The ladies
had dances and card parties, and raised money for charitable organizations. An
article in the November 23, 1922 issue of the Sandusky Register reported that the “Sandusky Pythian Sisters’ degree team is one
of the best in the state.” The degree team of the Pythian Sisters participated
in ritualistic ceremonies associated with the Pythian Sisters. In 1923, the Pythian Sisters held a fund
raising activity with the proceeds going to the Sophie Huntington Home for Aged
Pythian Sisters in Medina, Ohio. On October 27, 1931, the tenth annual
convention of District No. 15, Pythian Sisters, was held in Sandusky. Over 300 people attended the
convention. During the evening hours, the Sandusky Lodge, Knights of Pythias
met with the Pythian Sisters. A play entitled “A Lesson in Friendship” was
presented, along with musical selections.
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