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USA: Kansas, Baxter Springs
Photograph on paper
overall: 11 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 1/8 in.; 28.2575 x 34.29 x .3175 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund
Masonic Masonic Royal Arch Degree Team photographed in lodge room wearing regalia and costumes; names identified on back "Masonic Chapter / Baxter Springs / Kansas / Jim Hunter, ---Cheeseman, Lorenzo Breuster, Roy Harvey, ---Eastham, Charles. Noble, Ira C. Perkins, M.T. McNickle, ---Naylor, T. B. McElkinney, Clinton Childs, Hayden Smith and John M. Cooper."
These members of a Kansas Royal Arch chapter wear their costumes for a degree, a ceremony acted out to teach important lessons and mark the initiate's membership. Part of the York Rite, the Royal Arch is often known as the fourth degree. Men can join a Royal Arch chapter after they recieve the Master Mason, or third, degree from their local lodge.