A Pre-Easter Update

Howdy, fez heads!

It has been about 6 months since our last update and boy were we due! When it rains, it pours as they say. We have been steadily buying some unusual and high quality fezzes to expand our shared fraternal knowledge. This update represents improvements to 8 exhibits, and includes a baker’s dozen of new fezzes!

Let’s start with the unknown – our Unknown Fezzes exhibit that is, where we’ve added two new mystery fezzes – the blue Achernar fez and a cute little Anzettes hat.

Next stop by the Veteran’s Groups area, where we’ve posted a white fez from the National Order of Trench Rats and a Past Golden Cat’s fez from the Alley Cats.

While on the topic of animals, hit the Animal Lodges area next, where we’ve constructed a new exhibit about the Lions Clubs International and snagged a rare “Silver Eagle” fez from the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Two new fezzes can also be found in the Knights of Pythias area, one representing a bit of a mystery as to its design and the other demonstrating that African American Pythianism is alive and well.

Of course, any update isn’t complete without a couple of Shriners pieces. You can check out a rare, white Al Menah Shriners fez over in their area, after which you can behold the rhinestone encrusted glory of a Past Imperial Potentate’s fez from the Prince Hall Shriners.

But, we’ve saved the best for last. There’s a new LOTO fez in the Odd Fellow Women’s Groups section, which compliments are two newest additions to the Odd Fellows Social Groups exhibit. Yes, that’s right, we’ve scored two very rare Muscovites fezzes! There’s a new white one as well as red Royal Order of Muscovites fez, rounding out our collection from this, our favorite group.

We wish everyone a great spring and hope to see you back soon!

2024-03-24T23:03:32+00:00March 24th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Pre-Easter Update

Wait. Another update? Woah.

I know. I know! I can hardly believe it myself. Here we are, just two months since our previous update and we have another one. You must have been very good fez fans this summer! In a rare twist, we have four new fezzes to add the museum. So, we thought “why not do an update?” Why not, indeed.

Our first updated exhibit is over in the Animal Lodges area, where you can find a new Elks fez, dating from the earliest years of the organization.

Next, swing by the Sciots exhibit to check out our new Sciots Band Member fez.

You can follow that up with a stop by the Shriners exhibit to check out the most adorable children’s souvenir fez – just like the kind you’d buy at the circus as a souvenir.

Last, but certainly not least, check out our Clandestine Groups exhibit, where we’ve added an unusual white Shriners fez… or is it? You’ll have to read the details to learn more!

We hope everyone has had a great summer and look forward to many fezzy fall adventures. Be well!

2023-10-19T20:39:31+00:00September 14th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wait. Another update? Woah.

Bi-Annual Update Time

We know, we know. It’s been far too long since you’ve had an update. But, you’re in luck. Because you’re reading this. Which means we did an update. See. Now quit complaining and get reading!

After our months long hiatus, we’re back with six new fezzes added to the collection.

We’ll start off at the Shriners Exhibit, where we have added two fezzes from Irem Shriners, one being a quite unusual white fez.

In keeping with the Shrine theme, pop on by our Shrine Ladies exhibit, where we’ve added two new Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America fezzes, including another Past Grand High Priestess fez.

Completing the Shrine trifecta, we’ve also added a PHA Shriners fez from Pyramid No. 1.

Of course, we couldn’t do an update with just Shrine items, so we also added a Dramatic Order Knights of Omar piece for you to check out.

Stay cool, fezzy friends!

2023-06-25T16:52:35+00:00June 25th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bi-Annual Update Time

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!

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
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