A.A.O.N.M.S. Golden Gate Hall

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Creator

Islam Temple

Title

A.A.O.N.M.S. Golden Gate Hall

Date

October 13, 1897

Coverage

San Francisco

Description

This ten-page, die-cut menu comes from Ladies Night at the Islam Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (now commonly known as The Shriners.) Established in 1870, the fraternal association for Freemasons adopted a Middle Eastern theme and built ornate meeting halls called temples. By 1900, there were 55,000 members and 82 temples in the United States and Canada. This dinner featured a creamy Creole stew called oysters à la poulette and terrapin à la Maryland. The refreshments included a sauterne from Château d’Yquem, Champagne, and Mt. Shasta spring water.