Independent Order of Oddfellows


by Danielle Maerlender

John Howard, a museum internship student from the College at Brockport, is researching the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ‘In Memorium’ plaques that are housed in the Emily L. Knapp Museum.

The plaques contain the names of Odd Fellows members that have passed away and been commemorated and honored. The smaller of the two plaques, which can be seen on the left in the picture, contains the names of not only members, but some of the founders; Calvin Collins, Henry McCue and Henry Harrington. By researching these plaques, John hopes to identify the Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ connection to and presence within Brockport, NY.

Published by Emily L Knapp Museum

The Emily L. Knapp Museum is a municipal museum associated with the Village of Brockport. The museum is located on the second and third floors in the former home of one of Brockport’s most prominent families, the Seymours, while the first floor contains the Village of Brockport offices. Those who visit Brockport’s collection of local history will feel they’ve entered a time when the Erie Canal was the bustling commercial center of this Victorian village: when ladies wore high-laced shoes and skirts that scraped the slate sidewalks, and the gentlemen sported tall silk hats; when phonographs and stereopticon views as well as novels by our famed authoress, Mary Jane Holmes, entertained the masses. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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