Fonds RBSC-ARC-1269 - Independent Order of Good Templars, Lodge Linnea No. 76 fonds

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Independent Order of Good Templars, Lodge Linnea No. 76 fonds

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  • 1908-1940, 1974 (Creation)

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40 cm of textual records

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Lodge Linnea No. 76 Lodge No. 76 was organized in Vancouver under the auspices of the Independent Order of Good Templars in 1908. The Scandinavian Canadians were the only ethnic group in Vancouver to organize under the IOGT. Founded in New York State in 1851, the IOGT promoted abstinence and world peace. The movement soon spread to England and Scandinavian countries. In the beginning, the Lodge was primarily concerned itself with the temperance movement. The obligation to abstain from alcohol was a strict condition of membership and those guilty of drinking or having anything to do with alcohol were expelled. The Lodge also organized social functions including literary, musical and cultural programs before disbanding in 1940.

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Some records were transferred by Irene Howard after completion of her book Vancouver Svenskar; others were donated by Olaf Seaholm with the Swedish Canadian Research Collection.

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The fonds consists of the research materials for Irene Howard's book, Vancouver Svenskar which chronicles the history of Lodge Linnea No. 76, Vancouver. The fonds consists of minute books, financial records, membership lists, attendance records, and related material. The fonds also includes the minute book of Lodge 76‘s juvenile division Pride of Vancouver No. 27 (IOGT, 1936-1937). Fonds consists of the following series: Minutes of Lodge No. 76, Membership of Lodge No. 76, Financial Records, Young People: Pride of Vancouver, No. 27.

Fonds also contains a file of ephemeral items and artifacts related to the Lodge No. 76, including a petition for the control of alcohol and drug trafficking, a medal, and certificates (see box 1).

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