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Departments & Auxiliaries
Insurance Department
U.R.K.P. (Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias)
Nomads of Avrudaka (Women)
Since the inception of the order, several departments and auxiliaries have been added to take care of the
various demands for which there appeared to be an insistent call.

1877 - The Insurance Department was organized.
1878 - The Military Department, commonly called the Uniform Rank, was officially recognized by the Supreme Lodge on November 1, 1878
1914 - The order of Pythias Sisters was founded by Joseph Addison Hill , October 23, 1888, and was officially recognized as an auxiliary of the order on August 24, 1914.
1927 - The Princes of Syracuse was officially recognized as an auxiliary of the order on August 27, 1927.
1962 - The Junior Order of Knights of Pythias, authorized in August 1960, was officially recognized as an auxiliary
in August of 1962 .

The Nomads of Avrudaka is an independent auxiliary of the Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorrassan.
The Pythian Sunshine Girls is an independent auxiliary of the Pythian Sisters.

Video Links and Photos
PC Gerry Greenblatt
Damon & Pythias
Tocoma KOP #7
Video Tour
The Rathbone Bible
February 19, 1864
James E. West
Chief Scout Exec - BSA

Justus H. Rathbone

Founder of the Kights of Pythias - Feb 19, 1864

Born October 29, 1839, in Deerfield, New York - Died at the age of fifty on December 9, 1889, Lima, Ohio.
He was the founder of the international fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias.

He graduated from Colgate University and attended Carlisle Seminary. He was a music composer and actor. In 1863 he moved to Washington D.C. as a government clerk in the United States Treasury Department, where he founded the Knights of Pythias on February 19, 1864. Rathbone wrote the ritual for the Knights of Pythias which is based on the mythological friendship of Damon and Pythias, while he was a school teacher at the Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse, in Eagle Harbor, Michigan.

The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. It's aim was to heal the wounds of the Civil War between the North and South and promote friendship among men and relieve suffering.

Today in addition to supporting our military they do charitable work, sponsor dances and do fundraising events.

Original Five Members:
Justus H. Rathbone, Robert A. Champion, William H. Burnett, David L. Burnett, Edward S. Kimball

Rathbone wrote the ritual for the Knights of Pythias which is based on the mythological friendship of
Damon and Pythias, while he was a school teacher at the Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse, Eagle Harbor Michigan.

The Building where the first K. of P Lodge was Institued (Marinis Hall 1876)

Family: Daughters

Copy and Paste - Pythian History by William D. Kennedy

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Links - Knights of Pythias Library
Author: James R. Carnahan, Commander of the Uniformed Rank(UR)*
“Tactics and Manual for Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias”, First edition published in Cincinnati, Ohio in July 1883.
“Pythias Knighthood: Its History and Literature”, published at Cincinnati, OH 1888 ( - Read online

*The Uniformed Rank (UR) came into being in 1878. A great many Pythians were Civil War Veterans and some lodges formed their own military drill teams. This would in time evolve into the Uniformed Ranks. The Pythian UR
was sometimes known as the Army of the Lily.

Author: Capt. Hugh Goold Webb - P.C.P.G.R.
A history of the Knights of Pythias and its branches and auxiliary - 1910 ( - Read online

William D. Kennedy’s Pythian History published in 1904

Damon and Pythias by Banim

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Knights of Pythias is on Facebook.

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JH Rathbone Museum & Resource Center, Inc - Lafayette, Indiana - Website - facebook

Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias - Website - facebook

Supreme Temple Pythian Sisters - Website - facebook
Past Supreme Chief - Sandy Symons - facebook

Alabama - Website
Florence - Monte Bello Lodge #10 -

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Grand Lodge - facebook
Pythian Sisters - facebook
Tucson - Prima Lodge #47 - facebook
Tucson Metro - Lodge #55 - facebook

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Tustin - Lodge #85 - Website -

Colorado - Website

Honolulu - Mystic Lodge No 2 - facebook

Indiana -
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New Castle - Crescens Lodge # 33 - Website - facebook

Massachusetts - Website
Forrest Oak - Lodge #123 -
Lynn -

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Lynn, Massachusetts - facebook

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Hastings - Nebraska Lodge 28 -

New Jersey -
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Jersey Shore Lodge #76/167

New York
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Brooklyn, NY - Ambassador Valor Lodge # 664 - Website - facebook
Brooklyn, NY - Franklin D. Roosevelt Lodge #613 - Website - facebook
Brooklyn, NY - Superior Lodge 711 - facebook

North Carolina - Website - facebook
Fayetteville, NC - Cumberland Lodge #5 - Website - facebook

Grand Lodge - Website - facebook
Eugene, OR - Helmet lodge # 33 - Website - facebook
North Plains - Glencoe Lodge #22 - facebook
Portland, OR - Knights Ivanhoe -

Texas - Website
Grand Lodge - facebook
Midlothian Lodge # 50 - facebook

Norfolk - Lodge #106 facebook
(757) 857-4577

Washington - Website
Tacoma - Commencement Lodge #7 - facebook

West Virginia
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150th Anniversary - 2014
Historical Events for Year 2014
100th Anniversary - 1964
Pythian International Magazine - February 1964 Issue - Click here - 32 pages
Pythian Button with ribbon - Click here
75th Anniversary - 1939 (Diamond Jubilee)
Diamond Jubilee Banquet - Supreme Lodge - Washington, D.C. Feb. 20, 1939 - Ball Room, Willard Hotel - (Hotel)
The Knights of Pythias Magazine - Vol 1 - April, 1939 - No. 2 - San Francisco, California - 12 pages
The Knights of Pythias Magazine - Vol 1 - May, 1939 - No. 3 - Washington D.C. - 24 pages
50th Anniversary - 1914 (Golden Jubilee)
Celebration Coin - 50th Golden Jubilee  1864 - 1914 Knights of Pythias Anniversary - Click here
Minutes - Golden Jubilee Committee Knights of Pythias Sacramento Ca 1914 - Click here - 19 pages
The Pythian Star, San Diego, California, January 1914 - Golden Jubilee Committee Ritual
Damon and Pythias Film - Pythian Denver Knights of Pythias - May 4, 1913 - Denver Play
Historical Events for Year 1864 - Knights of Pythias form 1st lodge in Wash DC

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