This gold-lined, metal cigarette case belonged to William “Billy” Florence, actor and co-founder of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (now Shriners International).
In 1959, the fraternity purchased a building in Chicago to have a centrally located headquarters that was convenient for the temples (chapters).
In May of 1945, a mechanical Shriners parade was installed in the Shrine room at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
One of the oldest artifacts of the fraternity is a book of the first 1,000 Shriners’ membership records, all whom were members of the Mecca temple (chapter) in New York City.
At the 46th Imperial Session in Portland, Oregon, Imperial Potentate W. Freeland Kendrick recommended the formation of the Shriners Home for Friendless, Orphaned and Crippled Children. It wasn't well received.
The first Imperial Session was held on Tuesday, June 6, 1876, at the Masonic Lodge in New York City.
The first East-West Shrine Bowl was played on December 26, 1925 , at San Francisco’s Ewing Field.
In August of 1870, Walter Fleming, M.D., one of the original founders of the fraternity now known as Shriners International, penned the First Complete Ritual of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.)
This is a printed program for the November 20, 1919, Al Kader Shriners (Portland, Oregon) Ceremonial and Circus.
This program book gives a glimpse of what life was like for the Shriners during that time.