The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded in New York in 1868 by Joseph Norcross, originally as a social club. It remains one of the largest fraternal organizations in America. It eventually developed into a charitable and service organization. The Elks is organized into three levels, national level, state level, and the local lodge. This collection relates to one local lodge.
The collection contains photographs, almost all black-and-white, that document activities of the Elks Lodge 684 of Frederick Maryland, 1947-1982. They depict such things as special events at the lodge, including birthday gatherings and charitable and philanthropic events, some involving Boy Scouts or youth camps or other groups; ceremonial activities and ceremonial regalia; patriotic events such as Fourth of July parades in Frederick, and Flag Day ceremonies in which the members of the lodge participated; exteriors and interiors of the lodge facilities; and individual members of the Lodge.
Elks Lodge 684 (Frederick, Maryland) Photographs, 1947-1982, Archives Center, National Museum of American History