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Catalog Number 1994.019.003.042
Caption Woodcraft drill team
Description Woodcraft Drill Team. Back reads: "Mom is 6th woman from left". The women's auxiliary of the Woodmen of the World (WOW) fraternity was initially known as Mystic Circle. Woodmen of the World (WOW) was one of many fraternities that took root in Anacortes during the 1890s and early 1900s and played crucial roles in the community. Fraternal organizations, also known as "secret societies" were an integral part of American society at this time. Men paid into their chosen fraternity and attended meetings often shrouded in secret rituals. When sickness, injury or death struck the member, or his family, the fraternity stepped in to assist. Fraternities provided important social services (support for the elderly, ill, dying, widows and orphans, establishing cemeteries) in the years before Social Security existed, and communities devised publicly funded solutions for societal problems. Woodmen of the World was formed in 1890 by Joseph Cullen Root in Omaha, Nebraska, as a fraternal benefit society. The women's auxiliary of the WOW was initially known as the "Mystic Circle," a name later changed to "Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle." When WOW members died, they received a distinctive tombstone, usually a tree trunk festooned with woodworking tools, inscribed with the motto, "dum tacet clamet" which meant, "Though silent, he speaks."
Subjects Organization - Fraternal
People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by John Tursi, September 1994
People unknown
Search Terms Woodcraft Drill Team
Woodmen of the World (WOW)
people
Object Name Print, Photographic