In my continuing discussion with myself (
) I've discovered that the Pacifica House website is either an elaborate hoax, or, if the society is
real, they have a great sense of humor. Liber Brunensis wasn't always a regular old yearbook; it started as a publication of the secret societies on
campus. Prior to that, a similar secret society publication called the "Brown Paper" was published. They used to freely publish the members of the
secret societies, which I suppose makes them not so secret. Anyway, remember that the content of the Pacifica House webpage is copyrighted by
"Brunensis, Ltd.". Apparently it is a reference to the Liber Brunensis of old, a publication of the secret societies. An "inside joke", as it
Liber Brunensis entry
Brown Paper entry
Note that both publications started many years after the formation of the Franklin Society and the supposed start of Pacifica House. If the first one
appeared in 1857, then the Franklin Society was long underground (supposedly dissolved in 1834). Therefore, these papers cannot help prove or disprove
the existence of either of these societies, as they would have been either totally secret or truly dissolved by the time of these papers.
I certainly don't believe anything too sinister is going on if
the Franklin Society/Pacifica House is still active, I'm still immensely
curious to identify current members, practices, and meeting places.
Do people even read this?
UPDATE: I was able to find copy and pasted text of the original wikipedia
before it was deleted. In this article, it says that the Franklin Society was renamed Society of the Pacifica House!
Also, I found a reference to an obscure article dating from 1997 from a local paper called "The College Hill Independent". The paper is reported to
have looked into "Brunensis, Ltd." and their tax records. They reportedly found assets of $400,000. However, I have found no record of this company
existing today. Where did it go? I can't find the article because their online archives only go back to 2002.
Additionally, this article
talks about a corporation set up in New York to manage the society's
holdings. Their website is registered to "Pacifica House Trust" in New York. No record of this trust exists, and this is an entirely different name
than "Brunensis, Ltd.". So what gives? After the College Hill Independent's article, did the society change the names of their corporation and move
the money? Could this account for the apparent lack of records relating to these two dummy corporations, the missing New York address, and the bad
phone number I uncovered using traceroute?
More to follow, I'm sure.
[edit on 8-2-2008 by Grozny07]