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Object ID
1999.15.14
Object Name
Medal, Commemorative
Material
Brass
Object Entities
Masters, Peter (is related to)
Object Description
AHEPA Supreme Lodge Brass medallion. Membership Drive award. This is a large brass medallion that has a semi 3-D fraternal emblem of the Order of AHEPA on the top, with a banner on the bottom that reads, "Supreme Lodge Membership Drive". The areas that are sunken in are colored a darker brass, while the wording and symbols have a brighter gold color to them - a contrasting coloring to make the medallion easier to read. On the back, there are two protruding areas for screws to be placed. These areas are at the top and at the bottom of the medallion.
Origin
It is presumed that a "Membership Drive" is some sort of activity or event in which the chapter or lodge attempts to spread the word and membership numbers of the AHEPA Organization. The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community.
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Citation
Medal, Commemorative, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/9874. Accessed 08/02/21.