This is the Official page for the Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum, located in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum preserves over 200 years of Louisiana's rich Masonic heritage.
A peak inside the old Library & Museum from 1951 in New Orleans. This was in the Grand Lodge building on St. Charles, where the Hilton St. Charles Avenue Hotel is today.
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: The color photos are of the interior of Perseverance No. 4's original lodge hall, located in what is now the Louis Armstrong Park near Congo Square in New Orleans. The black and white photo is circa 1941 of the hall's exterior.
The lodge was originally organized by French Masons from the Santo Domingo colony who, following the Haitian Revolution, temporarily relocated to Cuba. Feeling the pressure of the Spanish government, these Masons relocated to New Orleans shortly thereafter. Perseverance Lodge No. 118 was constituted by the The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F & AM in 1810. It would be one of the original five New Orleans lodges that organized into the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 1812, when it was re-chartered as Perseverance Lodge No. 4.
The land was originally part of Claude Tremé's plantation and was purchased by the lodge in 1819. Perseverance No. 4 met in this hall from 1820 through the 1960s. The property was sold (back) to the City of New Orleans as part of the Jazz historical preservation efforts at the time, as the ground floor was one of the original venues for Jazz in the early 20th century.
“The Perseverance Masonic Lodge No. 4 building, positioned at the former corner of St. Claude & Dumain Streets (now in Armstrong Park), is arguably the oldest Masonic structure in the Mississippi Valley, and the existing hall seems to have incorporated large parts of buildings dated as early as 1810. It has a now-rare raised bandstand and was the site of much music.” - New Orleans Jazz History Treme/ Vieux Carre/Storyville Walking Tour brochure: Armstrong Park.
Photos from the collection of The Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum.
Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge No. 327 F&AM gave us a nice "shout out", so here is one from the archives for them from the collection
Michael Dempsey is shown here, first from the left in the front row.
Harrisonburg Lodge No. 110 is one of two lodges charted in the Catahoula Parish in 1852. Both lodges were heavily affected by the Civil War, and though they both retained their charters through the war, only Harrisonburg lodge would survive into the 20th century.
"Harrisonburg No. 110 "has been one of the outstanding and most active lodges in the state." It is said that during early periods of inactivity, only the efforts of J.F. Ellis, John C. Hardin, and Michael Dempsey enabled the lodge to retain its charter. Michael Dempsey and another member, James Heard, rode horseback some twenty-five miles from Jena to attend lodge, and, after spending the night with W.H. Holloman, returned to their homes the next day." - Dr. H. Glenn Jordan, Let There Be Light: A History of Freemasonry in Louisiana 1763-1989
Some photos of the "old days" at Galileo-Mazzini Lodge No. 368, from the archives of The Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum.
Hear Louisiana Brother Chuck Morgan talk about how this Civil War Era Albert Pike Sword came to be in the collection of the , by way of Louisiana Masons.
The sword came briefly through our own museum, en route to Washington D.C.
In 2019, the Supreme Council Development team acquired a very special sword that once belonged to Grand Commander Albert Pike. The sword was a gift from Bro...
Sometimes, things come into the Library/Museum from estates of a brother who had memberships in other jurisdictions, such as this Past Master's Night at Sandalphon Lodge No. 863 F. & A.M. in Brooklyn, NY in 1949.
What do you think?
“The Rev. James Anderson, D. D., is well known to all Masons as the compiler of the celebrated Book of Constitutions. On the 29th of September, 1721, he was commissioned by the Grand Lodge to collect and compile the history, charges, and regulations of the Fraternity from the then existing ancient Constitutions of the Lodges. On the 27th of December following, his work was finished, and the Grand Lodge appointed a committee of fourteen learned brethren to examine and report upon it. Their report was made on the 25th of March, 1722; and, after a few amendments, Anderson’s work was formally approved, and ordered to be printed for the benefit of the Lodges, which was done in 1723.” Mackey’s Encyclopedia
The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library and Museum of the Grand Lodge of New York’s holds three copies of the 1723 original edition, and one copy of the very rare 1734 Benjamin Franklin reprint, the first Masonic book printed in America.
This frontispiece comes from the 1784 John Noorthouck edition, in which, “we are, for the first time, confronted with a clear and deliberate representation of Masonic globes…The architecture depicted is that of the inside of Free Mason’s Hall. Faith, Hope and Charity are represented at the uppermost part of the print. In the center, Truth holds a mirror from which rays of light descend.” Beresiner, Masonic Papers.
B. Cipriam & P. Sandby – Delin.
E. Bartolozzi & T. Fitler – Sculpt.
Note: Image and research by Catherine M. Walter, Curator
Have you seen the Masonic George Washington statue in New Orleans? - https://mailchi.mp/ce3a99f34830/the-louisiana-freemasons-eedition120619-6253793
With the completion of necessary renovations, the Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum will re-open on Monday, June 6 at 10am.
We have exciting new projects coming, including the addition of several hundred books on Freemasonry to our library collection (thanks to a recent donation from the estate of our late brother Dr. Michael Carpenter), including many titles in French.
Word came today of the passing of Most Worshipful Brother Bev Guillot, Past Grand Master (1934-2022).
M∴W∴B∴ Guillot became a Master Mason in 1969, in Fairfields No. 425, and served as the Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1975, and served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 2011.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be released and will be announced at the appropriate time. Please keep M∴W∴B∴ Guillot's family in your prayers.
Alas, My Brother, well done.
Today our library received a donation of 144 boxes of books on Freemasonry (English and French mostly, with some German and Italian too) from the estate of Brother Michael Anthony Carpenter, PhD. (1940 - 2021), an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees for the Masonic Library/Museum Foundation.
Brother Carpenter passed away in 2021, and his wife arranged for his entire Masonic library to be transported to Alexandria to be included in the Louisiana Masonic Library. He was a Ph.D. in Library Science, and Masonic history was his passion. You can read his obituary here: https://bit.ly/3FRSmBj
Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional donation. For those interested, there will be volunteer opportunities in the coming months to assist with the accessioning and cataloging of this collection.
Brother Chuck Morgan will be presenting:
(This will be at Fort Randolph on the Red River in Pineville.)
"Join us at 6:00 p.m. Central Time on this coming Thursday, May 5, 2022 as we welcome Chuck Morgan of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table. His talk will be on "Kindness Amid The Slaughter" which explores Masonic members on both sides during the war.
As always, our programs are FREE with NO Registration and NO Pesky Emails! We simply bring you Civil War historians from around the world to your doorstep."
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