Virtus ~ a specific virtue in Ancient Rome. It carries connotations of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths.

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Buffalo Jackson Trading Company"We aren’t creating social experiments in gender. Our test is simple… 'Would our grandfather be proud to wear it?' Our mission is time tested and virtuous male products that can honor men and our past. We stand on the shoulders of the men of our past. Masculinity bestows masculinity. And despite a generation that has rejected authority and the rugged male spirit to find inside of them, we become men through other men leading and guiding us. From early morning hunts, learning how to properly address and treat women, and even those hard and long summer hours on the job, it is the older generations that leads us and guides us. Our inspiration comes from these men in our past, and the belief for that bestowing to continue from one generation to the next, we need to seek the guidance of those men.

"It’s time the rugged gentleman staged a comeback."

Training Ground ~ "In 563, Saint Columba, a priest from Ireland, decided to take up the career of a missionary.  He and twelve monk-companions fled the religious traditions of their day, and sailed off the coast of Ireland, and found a monastery on the island of Iona. From this headquarters, and through a new way of community that involved solitude, small group, and participation in work, meal, learning, and prayers, they became a staging ground, and introduced Christianity to Scotland."

The Art of Manliness"My idea for the Art of Manliness came about as I was standing in Borders bookstore looking at the men’s magazines. It seemed to me that the content in these magazines were continually going downhill, with more and more articles about sex and how to get six pack abs. Was this all there was to being a man? And as I looked around at the men my age, it seemed to me that many were shirking responsibility and refusing to grow up. They had lost the confidence, focus, skills, and virtues that men of the past had embodied and were a little lost." 

The Society of the Cincinnati ~ "Hereditary members of the Society of the Cincinnati are qualified male descendants of commissioned officers who served in the Continental Army or Navy and their French counterparts. Each member has been admitted to one of the fourteen constituent societies established in 1783. Most American hereditary members belong to the constituent society of which their ancestors were members or the constituent society in the state in which their ancestors' military units were organized."

Sons of the American Revolution ~ ". . . perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions."

Sons of the Spanish American War ~ Eligibility to Hereditary Membership in the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans is open to male descendants (sons, grandsons, great-grandsons, nephews, grand nephews, great grand nephews, etc.) of Soldiers, Sailors, or Marines who were regularly mustered into United States Service and served honorably in, or were honorably discharged from, or died in the service of the Army or Navy of the United Stated during the War With Spain, the Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition from February 15th, 1898, to July 4th, 1902. Membership applicants must be at least twelve (12) years of age and must not have been convicted of any heinous or notorious crime (felony).

Sons of Confederate Veterans ~ "The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the Second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built." 

Sons of the American Colonists ~ "Membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Colonists is open to any American man, of eighteen years of age and of good moral character and reputation. He must provide proof of lineal descent from an ancestor who rendered civil or military service in any of the Colonies in America before 4 July 1776, including service in any of the following capacities . . ."

The General Society Sons of the Revolution ~ "Any male person of good character, and lineal descendant of one who, as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of any of the thirteen Colonies or States or of the Continental Congress, and remaining always loyal to such authority, or a lineal descendant of one who signed the Declaration of Independence, or of one who, as a member of the Continental Congress, or of the Congress of any of the Colonies or States, or as an official appointed by or under the authority of any such legislative bodies, actually assisted in the establishment of American Independence by services rendered during the War of the Revolution, becoming thereby liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain, but remaining always loyal to the authority of the Colonies or States, or, who served honorably in a military or naval expedition against the British during the War of the Revolution under the authority of the French or Spanish Governments shall be eligible to membership in the Society."

General Society of Colonial Wars ~ "Any male person eighteen years of age or older, of good moral character and reputation, shall be eligible to membership in the General and every constituent State Society, provided he is lineally descended in the male or female line from an ancestor who . . ."

National Society Sons of Colonial New England ~
"The National Society Sons of Colonial New England is open to any gentleman of 18 years of age or more, who can prove lineal descent from a person born prior to July 4, 1776, in any of the present six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut."

Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations ~ "The General Society of Colonial Wars is an historical, genealogical, educational and social organization with constituent societies in 30 states, including Rhode Island, as well as the District of Columbia and the British Isles. It was instituted to perpetuate the memory of those events in American colonial history which took place within the period May 13, 1607 to April 19, 1775. It is limited to men who are lineally descended in the male or female line from ancestors who, between 1607 and 1775, assisted in the founding, defense and preservation of the American colonies.

Kappa Alpha Order ~ "Kappa Alpha Order is among the oldest and most respected fraternities in the Greek system. We have held to our founding principals for almost 150 years, and have produced some of the finest men in our nation — do you have what it takes to stand among these giants? Our standards are high, and we only accept the most dedicated, the most honest, the most willing to grow and learn what it means to be a life-long brother.Our mission is to create a lifetime experience which centers on reverence to God, duty, honor, character and gentlemanly conduct as inspired by Robert E. Lee, our spiritual founder." (Learn more about Robert E. Lee, and our history.)

Man at Arms Magazine ~ "In every colorful issue, Man at Arms for the Gun and Sword Collector presents an exciting selection of feature articles by world-famous authors and museum professionals, as well as news about collector events, the NRA's exclusive Gun Show Calendar, reports on antique arms auctions and a lively "letters-to-the-editor" page. This is a large magazine, about 80 pages, and it is printed on expensive coated paper. Find out what all the fuss is about! Get your hands on the latest issue of Man at Arms for the Gun and Sword Collector."


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