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Saunders, George M. (fl. 1958) to New York City' Mecca Temple

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09677.45.02 Author/Creator: Saunders, George M. (fl. 1958) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Typed letter Date: 1958 Pagination: 2 p. ; 28 x 21.5 cm.

One letter from George M. Saunders the Imperial Recorder to New York City's Mecca Temple dated 1958. The letter concerns George E. Stringfellow's visit to the Mecca Temple on June 17th. The letter notes he will be there one day. He will be hosted by Donald P. Sherman, and the temple's 4,757 members. The letter also contains a biography of Stringfellow, and notes his various accomplishments. Letter is on "The Imperial Council Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children" stationary.

Shriners International describes itself as a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. There are approximately 350,000 members from nearly 200 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Australia. The organization is best known for the Shriners Hospitals for Children that it administers, and the red fezzes that members wear.

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