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Happy New Year!

Surprise – we’re still alive!

We decided to start 2023 with an update to the museum, albeit a small one. Our collecting has slowed recently as there just hasn’t been as many unique pieces to snag as we’d like. But, we still continue to look and buy when we can.

Today’s update brings you three new fezzes – two from Shriners International and one from a Masonic Affinity group. The Shriners fezzes are both unique and unusual examples of white Shriners fezzes, coming from Abou Saad and Algeria Shrines, respectively. The Scandinavian Craft Club fez has been added to our collection as well – and if you know anything more about it, we’d love to hear from you!

2023-01-01T21:16:57+00:00January 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy New Year!

Summer Time // Fun Time Update

It’s been over 6 months since our last update, and we know that you are just jonesing for some new fezzy goodness. Today’s update brings 11 new fezzes into the collection for you to enjoy.

Stop by the Knights of Omar exhibit to check out a new addition to this rare collection.

The Grotto display also got an update, with a sweet Big Six fez from the famous marching unit.

Pythian fans can rejoice with an update to the Knights of Khorassan area. The question is, why is the tassel red – you decide!

Two new fezzes were added to the IOOF Social Bodies exhibit – one from the OOH&P and another early AMOS example.

Last, but certainly not least, are several additions to our Shriners exhibit, including odd variations of the Shrine logo from Zamora Shriners and Moolah Shriners, as well as examples from Islam Shriners, Zem Zem Shriners, and a very special Grand Master’s fez from Jaffa Shriners.

We hope you are having a great summer and look forward to our next update!

2022-07-10T17:41:10+00:00July 10th, 2022|Updates|Comments Off on Summer Time // Fun Time Update

What?!? Another update? That’s preposterous!

Fez wearing, cigarette smoking man, with rabbit, in the ma… | FlickrYes, friends, you read right. We are back with another (small) fezzy update. You see, your faithful fezzy friend has come down with the 2022 ick and has found himself with some time on his hands. We had three fezzes that weren’t posted before, so now seemed like a great time to get them added to the museum. We hope you enjoy!

Strut on over to the Animal Lodges display to check out a new not-quite-a-fez from the Fraternal Order of Orioles. At least with think it’s from the Orioles. You can decide.

Our other two pieces are related to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. First up is a new Junior Lodge fez, a relative rarity in the IOOF fez collecting world. Also, we’ve added a new AMOS piece in the IOOF social bodies section. It’s an old Cahokia Sanctorum fez that is in amazing shape for its age.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!

2022-01-04T20:45:41+00:00January 4th, 2022|Updates|Comments Off on What?!? Another update? That’s preposterous!

A Thankful Fezzy Update

It’s amazing how quickly time flies. Our last update was made in February 2021. We are settled into our new home and have continued collecting. Overall, our acquisitions have slowed as our tastes have refined and the more unusual pieces remain hard to come by. Fear not! Even if we aren’t posting, we work hard to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.

Before we get into today’s updates, we want to share a special project with you. This fall, the Indiana University system made a significant stride in the advancement of fraternal research. Thanks to Dr. Heather Calloway, Executive Director of Collections, the school authorized the creation of the Center for Fraternal Collections and Research. This new arm of the University has been authorized to collect and curate fraternal artifacts from across the country. It is the only center of its kind in America and deserves our robust support. If you have some spare change, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Center.

The plan is to officially gift our collection to the IU Center once it has an appropriate endowment to care for the items. We appreciate your support of our work and this cause.

Now, on to the updates!

We’ll start with a new fez over in the Shriners International exhibit. We don’t actively pursue many Shriners fezzes these days because they are so common. But, when we saw a white fez from India Shriners, of Oklahoma City, we knew it was a find.

“You’re a Nobwah!” Sounds a bit slanderous, doesn’t it? But, if you were into pranking some new initiates, you might have found yourself among the Nobwahs of Sacramento Pyramid No. 3 of the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots.

We added a very early and unique fez from the Moose Legion as well. Dating from the early 1900’s, this fez features some very swanky bullion and crushed velvet.

It’s been a while since we gave our friends at Fez-o-rama a shout out. They recently re-released the “Double Cross” fez, commemorating Charlie Chaplin’s famed 1940 film the Great Dictator. While the fez is Just for Fun, the movie it was based upon is a serious piece of cinematic history.

When collecting, one of the things we look for are titles on the fezzes. That’s why we added a new Imperial Secretary’s fez over in the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan exhibit. It might not be old, but it is relatively rare.

We are always on the hunt for fezzes relating to the early Odd Fellows Social Groups. Thanks to a keen-eyed friend of the museum, we were able to snag a fez from Zorah Palace No. 12, Pilgrim Knights of Oriental Splendor. This is only our third Pilgrim Knights fez, making it a welcome addition.

Last, and certainly not least, is a new area in our Order of Alhambra exhibit. Thanks to a generous donor, we were gifted three fezzes from Osma Caravan of Maryland. The fezzes demonstrate the advancement in rank of a member, from new initiate to Past Grand Commander and, later, Grand Scribe. These are really nice fezzes that you won’t want to miss.

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and wish you the best for an excellent holiday season!


2021-11-26T22:27:13+00:00November 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Thankful Fezzy Update

Everywhere I look, fezzes!

Since our last update in October, the fez museum has moved to a new home. We are still sorting through many of the boxes while attempting to keep the collection safe and sound. In the mean time, we discovered several fezzes that were purchased during 2020 that we hadn’t yet posted. That means more fez based excitement for you!

We start over in the Prince Hall Ladies Imperial Court exhibit (formerly known as the Daughters of Isis)  with a Past Imperial Commandress fez. If you’ve every wanted to feel fez envy, this rhinstone encrusted hat will definitely give you the vapors! While you are there, you can also check out the addition of a Council of Crusaders fez, worn by Prince Hall ladies related to a Knights Templar.

Keeping with the ladies auxiliary theme, we’ve also added a new short-style Grotto-ettes fez over in the Grotto exhibit. Somehow we just know these ladies liked to party!

For those looking for something more spiritual, we’ve added a relatively rare blue Knights of the All Seeing Eye fez. This group has a fascinating history that you definitely need to explore.

Hot on the heels of our recent purchase of a red fez, we’ve added a black Dramatic Order Knights of Omar fez. It’s an usual design that we haven’t encountered before, making it perfect for the collection.

Next up, we have a variation on the fezzes used by the AHEPA.  This new piece was owned by a District Governor and has some unusual embroidery.

Last, but certainly not least, is a completely new exhibit. This space, dedicated to the Order of the Eastern Star, now displays a very old and very rare Patrol fez. Though in poor condition, it makes a great addition to our humble museum.

For those that are curious, this site now details more than 225 different fezzes. The full collection contains even more hats than this, as only interesting variations are shown here. We are proud to be the internet’s most complete guide to fraternal headgear.

That’s all for this update, folks! Keep checking back. You never know when we’ll add more fezzes!


2021-02-20T18:12:46+00:00February 20th, 2021|Updates|Comments Off on Everywhere I look, fezzes!
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