It is truly an honor to have as my guest for episode 50, historian and Odd Fellow, Peter Sellars. Peter and I were in the same class at Hayward High School. I knew he joined the Marines right out of high school – and we pretty much lost track of each other until a high school reunion a few years back.
I recently heard him on a different podcast talk about the conspiracy against the leaders of the United States of which Lincoln’s assassination was a part of. I was also very interested in his quest to find out how the moral code of the Odd Fellows, “Friendship, Love and Truth”, was upheld during the United States Civil War. I, too, find it of upmost interest and a personal goal – to uphold the practice and valor of Love at the times when it is most challenging to myself.
The following is from his current book, How Friendship, Love, and Truth, Survived the American Civil War… and I hope you appreciate episode 50 as much as I do. (you can purchase the book with this link):
Peter V. Sellars is a recognized historian in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His first two history books, The Independent Order of Odd Fellows in the City of San Francisco and Calling Out From The Past: The First Odd Fellows Home in California, were well received.
In 2005, he established a fraternal museum in San Francisco to maintain books and other items unique to the Odd Fellows. The offices that he has held in the Order have given him greater access to sources, materials, and contacts throughout the United States, which led to the creation of this most recent book relating the Odd Fellows to the Civil War. Sellars holds a BS degree from California State University, Hayward (East Bay), and is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay Area.