Pythian Sisters of Medina Ohio

As the house became founded in the very early 1900’s, its residents experienced the times of WW1, the Pythian Sisters organization believes in creating equality for women and WW1 had been the ignition. Simply told, men are going off to war and women are needed to work. In addition to experiencing WW1, enrichment of life in the United States started taking place. The Pythian Sisters home always made life easier for others and more comfortable while also showing interest in the emerging topic of women's rights. The Pythian Sisters is an organization that is filled with compassion for caring for other women. The organization shows morality, integrity, care, and preservation. All of these ideas are derived from the Knights of Pythia; who got their idea from a greek play displaying all of the previously listed qualities.

Protests were being held to reform women's rights during the early 1900's. Women were caring for other women forming a strong bond which is essential when any group wants to make a change. The Pythian Sisters created a large organization that believed in equal rights, good morals, and loyalty. Ironically, negro blood was not accepted into their society in the early years of their founding, which was late 1800's-early 1900's. The house tells a story of many different time periods of change and nurture. Through its long journey of constantly caring for woman and the sick, it stayed open to the public and welcoming to others as requested in the "Long" will. Their home, is your home, their care, is your care.

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Pythian Sister Home in 1979

Pythian Sister Home in 1979

The Sofia Huntington Parker Home became founded in 1914 by the Pythian Sisters organization. The Pythian Sisters used the house as a nursing home for women of the elderly, as well as an organization that represents purity, love, equality, and fidelity. The home in itself had been donated by Sofia Huntington Parker as an act of complete compassion. Parker wanted all fellow sisters to always have a home to come to and feel cared for. When Parker passed away, she left everything in her name (including the house) to the Pythian Sisters. The house is located on 634 North Huntington Street. During the early 1900's women went to extreme measures to gain equality and the Pythian Sisters Home is a standing example of the fighting and compassion that took place for women in history. Image courtesy of : Medina Gazette 1979 View File Details Page

United Pythian Sisters

United Pythian Sisters

Pictured above is a group of Pythian sisters in Ohio. Yes it can be seen as “just a group”, but the sisters tell a tale that gravely needs to be exposed to the world and to all woman. This picture shows unity of woman. A concept still lost amongst us but that is normal. It is important to remember that change happens with great numbers and great morals. Something these woman knew and continue to know exactly what to do. Their strength in the knowledge of morality creates a standard of what is right and what is wrong, what is good or what is bad. Together these woman created a happy, peaceful, and moralistic environment for anyone who wanted to join. That, is something to aspire to, that, is a Pythian Sister. Image Courtesy of : Toledo Blade View File Details Page

Sophia Huntington Parker

Sophia Huntington Parker

When Sofia Huntington Parker's parents died, she was left the house in her name. Right away she already knew what she wanted to do with the property. She turned it into a nursing home for both elder men and women, and everyone appreciated it. Parker supported a very feminist lifestyle. When she passed away, she left all of her belongings to the Pythian Sisters. The home's name turned into the Pythian Sisters Home, and the Pythian Sisters used the home and all of its passed on belongings to accommodate fellow elderly sisters. Image Courtesy of: Discover Medina View File Details Page

Preservation of The Lovely Pythian Home

Preservation of The Lovely Pythian Home

The Pythian sisters is still a thriving organization today. The Sophia Huntington Parker home is still running and in use, providing a home and environment for anyone who needs it. The fact that the home is still up and running in all of its enormity shows just how much the organization is loved and needed by its current members. The preservation of the home is so important in that the home will continuously stand as a symbol for just what it aids and just who it aids. As long as the home is standing, the elegant story of the Pythian Sisters will remain standing. Through many depressions, wars, and hardships, preservation still remains in what matters most. Image Courtesy of: Sabrina Haussemer View File Details Page

Loyalty

Loyalty

When no one was there for the Pythian Sisters, they were there for eachother. From the times of desperate need, the sisters were there for fellow sisters. The true meaning of loyalty is shown every day in the Pythian Sister Home when a woman wakes up knowing her life will be truly cared for for the rest of her life. The motto of the sisters is to always be loyal and obtaining many members that stay with the sisters for the rest of their life only proves that the Pythian Sisters organization truly values the meaning and importance of loyalty and comfort. Image Courtesy of: Linda Letterly View File Details Page

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Diary Entry of Florence Flieler

The diary of Florence shines light onto the love for the Pythian Sisters. She talks of her love and enthusiasm for the organization. The actual text of the diary has been lost a very long time ago. Florence talks about traveling, her position in the Pythian Sisters and her overall joy of being able to call herself a member among these women. Image Courtesy of: http://nationalheritagemuseum.typepad.com/ View File Details Page

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Sabrina Haumesser, Leila Bachir, & Fiona Boden, “Pythian Sisters of Medina Ohio,” Discover Medina, accessed April 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/238.

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