OSWEGO – At its June meeting, members of Lake Ontario Royal Arch Masons No. 165 were told about the history of the Society of Cincinnati by society member and Mason Kenneth Sweet.
The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution.
Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members.
Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, library, and museum at Anderson House in Washington, D.C.
Membership is restricted to descendants of officers who served in the Continental Army, Navy or its foreign allies.
Only one man may hold membership from each family.
George Washington was its most famous member.
The society was named after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who lived from 520 BC until 430 BC.
He was twice given absolute authority in Rome during invasions, but as soon as the troubles were over, he returned to his small farm.