· National History

The year was 1904. Winston Churchill was 30 years old. Anton Chekov passed away. The United States gained control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million. George M. Cohan's song, "The Yankee Doodle Boy," was published. The first Olympic Games ever held in America took place in St. Louis. And on May 12, fourteen Master Masons attending the University of Michigan founded Acacia Fraternity.


Acacia's founders established the fraternity on a unique basis. Membership was restricted to those who had already taken the Masonic obligations, and the organization was to be built on the ideals and principles inculcated by the vows taken by Master Masons. Within one year, four other Masonic clubs received Acacia charters, paving the way for rapid expansion in the following years.

Members were to be motivated by a desire for high scholarship and of such character that the fraternity would be free of the social vices and unbecoming activities that for years had been a blot on the fraternity life.

Today, members are no longer required to belong to the Masonic Fraternity. However, since Acacia was founded by Master Masons, it still enjoys an informal spiritual tie to Masonry. Some Acacians pursue membership in the Masonic Orders, and Masonic lodges and individual masons have been of invaluable service to Acacia chapters over the years. This relationship, however, is voluntary.

The evolution and development of Acacia over the years has resulted in a fraternity considerably different from what the founders originally envisioned. But, each major change has been an adaptation to the needs of new conditions, and each has permitted the fraternity to grow in reputation, influence, and strength.

Our second century will undoubtedly require further change, but so long as Acacia continues to stand for high scholarship, fraternal brotherhood and human service, the intentions of our founders will be well realized.

 

 

· Chapter History

The 13th Chapter of Acacia was founded on May 17th, 1907 by a handful of men that looked for a fraternal experience that fostered the ideals they cherished as Freemasons. They wanted these ideals to be able to enrich the college experience not only for them; but also for what they hoped would be hundreds of men that would come to our great institution, The University of Missouri, the first land grant institution west of the Mississippi River.


The MEM Chapter of Acacia has a rich and proud history at The University of Missouri. Throughout the early years Acacia brought many great men to give the Light on our campus. Although there was a brief interim in which the fraternity was absent from the university physically, the legacy these men left caused Acacia to never leave Mizzou in spirit. Our Light has remained on this campus and is visible in over a dozen campus buildings and landmarks named after our brothers. Some of these include the main academic building on campus, Jesse Hall; the home to the World's First and Best School of Journalism, Walter Williams Hall; as well as Pickard Hall, Jones Hall, Memorial Union, and Trowbridge Livestock Center. We have also called a number of local and state leaders "brother," including Frank Land, founder of the DeMolay Masonic youth organization. Our roots truly run deep at this institution.

The men that have been chosen to launch the maiden voyage of Acacia into the 21st Century have been chosen because they understood joining this brotherhood is a lifelong commitment that will teach them how to seek Truth and give Light. They exemplify the ideals of our fraternity by seeking daily to have a greater impact in the affairs of our campus and our community.

As we look to the next 100 years of our great Fraternity, we remember the words of one of America's greatest orators of all time and more importantly, our Brother:

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."

- Brother William Jennings Bryan, Nebraska Chapter 1908.