Society for Esoteric Culture
From Kook Science
The Society for Esoteric Culture was a Boston, Massachusetts-based organisation active in the late nineteenth century that hosted local lecturers including its founder and primary speaker Hiram E. Butler along with the likes of W. J. Colville, and J. C. Street. The society held its events first at Horticultural Hall in late 1886, and rented rooms for regular events at 478 Shawmut Avenue during 1887, shared with the Esoteric Publishing Co.
Per their own advertising, the society was formed to "promote Esoteric Culture and Theosophic Research, the aim being to unite the leading minds of all departments of advanced thought in a concerted, practical effort to increase light, multiply knowledge, and intensify soul-life, to the end of making the individual superior to earthly conditions and mortal environments, thus hastening the triumph of the mind over matter through experimental knowledge and personal conjunction with ɢᴏᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴏᴍɴɪᴘᴏᴛᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴜᴍɪɴᴏᴜꜱ ꜱᴏᴜʟ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀꜱᴇ."
- Butler, Hiram E. (1887), The Seven Creative Principles: Being a Series of Seven Lectures Delivered Before the Society for Esoteric Culture, of Boston, With Introductory Lecture on the Idea of God, and Concluding Lecture on the Esoteric Significance of Color, Boston: Esoteric Publishing Co., https://archive.org/details/sevencreativepri00butlrich