On February 23rd, 1776, a Freemason's lodge named Memphis began its operation in Klaipėda. Its founder and the first master of the lodge was Johan Simpson, who was a merchant and industrialist. The building at 20 Liepų st. was specifically devoted to host the lodge's meetings. Operations within the Memphis lodge, just like in other lodges that were founded in Lithuania Minor and belonged to the German Lodge Union, were performed in German. Its activities were based on the idea of the spread of humanism and education and it sought to promote personal improvement, fostered spiritual and mental powers. The Freemasons were responsible for both more than just the fostering of morals, mutual help and charity among its members. It was also active in participating within the cultural life of the city by organising concerts, dances, plays, and various other events. The Freemason's Lodge in Klaipėda was in operation until July, 1935, when Nazi Germany banned all Freemason's Lodges.