Founding of the Elks
On February 16, 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was founded in New York City.
The story of the Elks begins on November 15, 1867, when British comic singer Charles A. Vivian arrived in New York. That night, he visited the Star Hotel and met piano player Richard R. Steirly. Vivian offered to sing a few songs with Steirly and the two became fast friends.