Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men's Band, circa 1950s

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  • Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men's Band, circa 1950s
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  • Organized on October 8, 1909 in Grand Army Hall, the Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men was a popular and welcome sight at parades and celebrations during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including the annual 4th of July parade. According to the History of Wakefield (Middlesex County) Massachusetts, compiled by William E. Eaton and History Committee in 1944 to celebrate the Town's 300th anniversary, the Wahpatuck Tribe 54 was the largest such chapter in the Commonwealth. The Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men Band was known throughout the East Coast, participating in parades and competitions throughout the region. The original Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men Band split up in the 1950s, according to newspaper reports. Its original drum was discovered in the basement of the Americal Civic Center in 1994 and has since been donated to the Wakefield Historical Society. The Tribe had its headquarters at 33 West Water Street. Descended from the Sons of Liberty, the Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress which had trace its origins back to 1765. According to the national organization, the non-profit-organization is devoted to inspiring a greater love for the United States of America and the principles of American Liberty. After the War of 1812 the name was changed to the Society of Red Men and in 1834 to the Improved Order of Red Men."
  • Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 2016
  • Photo courtesy of the Wakefield Historical Society.
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  • 1950-1959
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  • Wakefield, Mass. : Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department

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“Wahpatuck Tribe 54, Improved Order of Red Men's Band, circa 1950s,” Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Mass., accessed October 24, 2020, https://digitalheritage.noblenet.org/wakefield/items/show/3317.

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