Spiran Lodge 98

Spiran Lodge 98
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Address: 19 School Street, Rockport
Phone: (978) 546-3638

Lodge Spiran, Vasa Order of America, was chartered on April 6, 1906 with 36 charter members of Swedish birth or background.

In the year 1917, the lodge purchased the presently owned building at the corner of School Street and Broadway, formerly used as a lodging house for the employees of the Annisquam Cotton Mill across the street, the present site of the George J. Tarr School. Purchase price was $2,500.

In 1940, the town of Rockport celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a town. Lodge Spiran took part in the festivities by demonstrating Swedish dancing at the Legion bandstand on Beach Street.

The lodge continued, if at a slower pace until the next major innovation. This came in 1960 when Vasa membership was extended by the Grand Lodge to include those people who by birth, background, or marriage, were aligned with any of the Scandinavian countries; Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. (Formerly only those of Swedish background were eligible). At the present time Lodge Spiran has representatives of all of these countries except Iceland. The Lodge is still going strong today.

3 thoughts on “Spiran Lodge 98

  1. Sandra Pascucci

    My great grandfather came to NH in 1890. Claus Johan Johnson. His son, my grandfather , Carl RN Johnson lived in Beverly, Mass about 1920. My son married a Kristin Spiewak in 2002 in Manchester, NH. I am very interested in the family history of Constance Spiewak Johnson.
    I have been to Sweden 6 times and have collected a lot of history of the Johnson family and of Claus’s wife’s family.
    I am in Gloscester off an on all summer every year. I would love any Swedish information.

    1. Peter Webber

      The movies shown at Spiran Hall are presented by Little Art Cinema. Information about upcoming shows is posted at the hall and on bulletin boards around Rockport. Their listed telephone number is not in service and their Facebook page does not have current movie information. I regret that I cannot find more information about Little Art Cinema to share with you.

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