Collection - Loyal Orange Lodges of Bruce County collection

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Loyal Orange Lodges of Bruce County collection

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  • 1852 - 1990 (Creation)
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    Loyal Orange Association of British America
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    Bruce, County of

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1.5 m of textual records

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The Loyal Orange Association is a Protestant fraternal society that has been active in Canada for over 200 years. The Association's aims have included the promotion of the Protestant concept of the Christian religion; a united Canada with a strong central government where all provinces are equal; and a constitutional Monarchical system of government. The Association also supports various charities and promotes patriotism. Since World War II, the membership of the Association has steadily declined.

Custodial history

Large portions of the collection were received from the Kincardine Loyal Orange Lodge, which collected materials from various chapters as they disbanded over the years. and from Robert Edgson through separate donations Other portions of the collection have been donated by various individuals over the years.

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This fonds consists of records accumulated by various Loyal Orange Lodges, of the Loyal Orange Association of British America, chiefly within the area of Bruce County, Ontario, including: Allenford Loyal Orange Lodge #968, Bethel Loyal Orange Lodge #1226, Centre Bruce County Loyal Orange Lodge, Chesley Loyal Orange Lodge #818, Dobbinton Loyal Orange Lodge #609, Dyer’s Bay Loyal Orange Lodge #1723, Ebenezer Loyal Orange Lodge #208, Elsinore Loyal Orange Lodge #1222, Kincardine Loyal Orange Lodge #765, Pinkerton Loyal Orange Lodge #803, Purple Hill Loyal Orange Lodge #612, Rosemount Loyal Orange Lodge #753, Royal Scarlet Chapter of Arran District Loyal Orange Lodge, Royal Scarlet Chapter of West Bruce Loyal Orange Lodge District, Southampton Loyal Orange Lodge #1284, Tara Royal Black Preceptory #436, Underwood Loyal Orange Lodge #1122, and Walkerton Loyal Orange Lodge #460. It also includes materials collected and created by Robert Edgson who has, in the past, served at the executive level of local, county and provincial aspects of the Association and Royal Black Chapter. Fonds includes minute books, financial records, related publications and certificates.

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Large portions of the collection were received from the Kincardine Loyal Orange Lodge and Robert Edgson through separate donations Other portions of the collection have been donated by various individuals over the years.

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A finding aid listing specific items in the collection may be viewed through the link available at http://www.brucemuseum.ca/archives-and-research/archives/finding-aids/.

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