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Interview with David Plaskett

The overarching theme of the interview conducted displays Mr. Plaskett's doubtful yet hopeful view for the future of the Lodge. He has been living in Saratoga and participating in the Lodge since 1998 - he has been an Elks member since his youth. As a senior citizen, he remarks the shift he has observed in the priorities and reasons why people join (or do not join) the lodge. Lastly, he focuses on the importance of knowing and maintaining the history of the Elk's lodge, as there has been blatant prejudiced disregard for the continuation of the lodge by the larger Saratoga community. He hopes that by keeping history alive and continuing the narrative, the essence of what Elkdom means to the Black Elks will be kept alive as well.