Get the forks out and get ready to eat some pie.
The Franklin County Historical Society is set for its annual event, the 2016 Conclave of the Esoteric and Terrible Order of Pie Eaters, 7 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Hall, a part of First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, according to a historical society news release.
One of the historical society’s longest-running events, the group was started in 1868 when Ottawa University’s Tauy Jones Hall was under construction and many classes were moved to a boarding home, which also housed unattached men, at the corner of Second and Hickory streets, Ottawa, according to the release.
“The greatest drawback of living in this boarding house was the unpalatable food,” the release said. “What evolved from this shared dislike for the menu was an unusual fraternal organization that called itself the Esoteric and Terrible Order of Pie Eaters. Each month, these men gathered to have some fun and eat a good meal. As the group evolved, so did their rules. No women allowed. No married men allowed. Members of the Grange were the enemy, and because the Grangers were known for eating Granger Cake, the E&TOoPE was committed to eating pie.”
The Pie Eaters left behind their pie-eating legacy, which will be celebrated at the event with pie, along with ragtime music played by Brian Hawkins, a ragtime historian, artist and musician, and an auction.
Items in the auction include a framed reproduction of an 1884 Franklin County Fair poster, an authentic WWI-era poster, authentic J.B. Muecke photos, 10 hours of Franklin County research performed by the historical society, an authentic “Roster of the Boys in Blue” 1800s framed list of Franklin County men who served in the Civil War and a copy of the 1993 History of Franklin County Vol. 1, according to the release.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://squareup.com/store/old-depot-museum or at the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa. For more information, contact the museum at (785) 242-1250.
“Unlike the original Esoteric and Terrible Order of Pie Eaters, the FCHS welcomes everyone, including women and married men,” the release said.