History of Amen Ra Lodge #584 LDH Milwaukee Wis by Theresa Wysocki 33’ Nov 2017
Amen Ra Lodge was founded in July 1043 by members of Sirius Lodge #556: Helen Palmer Wycherley,
Annette Schmitt (mother of Marcella Lord) Elizabeth Anholt, and Marjorie Hurd Dawn. Elizabeth
Anholt introduced Co Freemasonry to Caroline Ross, Joy Mills,and Vera Bruce, Jack Bruce and Clara
Bruce, as well as Kathleen and John Hitchcock at the Theosophical Society in Milwaukee, Wis.
Meetings were first held at the Schmitts’ home, then at the Oddfellows Hall. Request for rental from the
Oddfellows resulted in the Male Masons of Milwaukee finding Co Freemasonry to be clandestine and
An effort to stop Amen Ra from meeting was taken to court. However the judge determined the suit
Unfounded and dismissed the case. The male masons tried to claim that we were unlawfully using
Masonic symbols. Meanwhile meetings were held above a bowling alley until the Oddfellows agreed
To rent to Amen Ra Lodge at a church on Hilda St. until it was sold. For several years four of us, Vera
Bruce, Joy Zick, Martha Long and I kept the lodge active by meeting at the home of Vera Bruce.
Finally the Oddfellows built a kitchen in anticipation of building a new temple. We met in the
kitchen, which was the size of the carpet, until membership grew. During this time, Sirius lodge
members assisted us with ceremonies. Geneva Rice found the next Meeting place at Marian Hall.
It too was sold in 2016. However we found our current place in the hall of the Elks Club.
Amen Ra members held strong during trying times of unrest in Larkspur and Illinois.
In 2005,2008, and 2010 and again this year 2018, Amen Ra and Sirius Lodge hosted the Federation convention at the DeKoven center in Racine Wis.
We look forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of our beginnings at the Convention.