Ku Klux Klan items are now collected because of their historic importance. Literature, robes, and memorabilia are seen at shows and auctions. The first branch of the Klan began in 1866 in Tennessee. Laws passed in 1870 and 1871 caused the decline of the Klan. A second group calling itself the Ku Klux Klan emerged in 1915. There are still local groups using the name.