Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana (MLMI) is an immersive experience to learn, and listen about the influence of Freemasons in the state of Indiana.

The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana (MLMI) is transitioning from a primarily collection-based viewing, to enhancing the visitor experience for those with and without a Masonic background. The concentration of this museum is to improve a visitor's accessibility to the MLMI's collection, and illuminate the Indiana Masonic story, and its influence to the people of Indiana. To make an appointment to visit the Library & Museum, contact Michael Brumback directly at (765)-744-0424.

The silver Masonic officers jewels stolen by Morgan’s Raiders from Versailles Lodge have been returned!Well, that sounds...
05/25/2019
Museum – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

The silver Masonic officers jewels stolen by Morgan’s Raiders from Versailles Lodge have been returned!

Well, that sounds a bit hyperbolic. They’ve actually been brought back to the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana by the members of Versailles Lodge, who are once again loaning us their treasured artifact of the Civil War period for a brief time.

If you missed seeing them on display last year, be sure to stop by the Museum and take this opportunity now.

And if you don’t know the story of Morgan and his infamous raid across southern Indiana during the Civil War, or how and why these silver jewels were seized and returned, read about it here.

http://mlmindiana.org/museum/#Morgan

Museum Morgan’s Raiders and the Jewels of Versailles George Washington’s Lodge Bible In Indiana Through February 22nd Grand Lodge of Kentucky loans historic Daveiss Sword to the Museum Morgan’s Raiders and the Jewels of Versailles Just in time for the Annual Communication in May, the Masonic L...

The Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana will be open during both days of the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana's Annual Commun...
05/17/2019

The Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana will be open during both days of the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana's Annual Communication, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, 2019. Indiana Freemasons Hall will open at 7AM, and while breakfast will not be served either day this year, we will have coffee and donuts available. Visit us on the 5th Floor of the Indianapolis Temple at 525 North Illinois Street, just south of the Cathedral.

On Wednesday, we will remain open after the officers' installation and official close of the Annual Communication, expected to be at noon (there is no lunch served on Wednesday, but the Double Eagle Cafe will be open).

The Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research UD will hold their May meeting on the 5th floor approximately one hour after the communication ends Wednesday, opening lodge at 1PM. The Library & Museum will remain open after the DLS meeting. Come see our new exhibits and changes!

The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana,  in conjunction with the Indiana State Library, is now making available the c...
05/13/2019
‘Indiana Freemason Magazine’ Collection Joins the Indiana Memory Project – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana, in conjunction with the Indiana State Library, is now making available the complete collection of the Indiana Freemason Magazine from 1923 – 2003 for online access, as part of Indiana Memory Project.

The magazine was originally created as the official publication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of Indiana in 1923 as a project of the in-house print shop within the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. That professional printing facility was established partially as a vocational training program for some of the eventual 860 orphans of Freemasons who lived at the Home until 1975.

This searchable online collection of more than 39,000 pages will be a treasure trove for historians, genealogists and other historical researchers, and includes historical articles, photographs, current events, lists of lodges, plus Masonic members and officers involved in countless activities, and even advertising of businesses of the 20th century across Indiana.

The Indiana Freemason had several editors over the decades, but was especially dominated after WWII by noted Masonic historian, author, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary, Dwight L. Smith.

Also included in the collection are approximately 900 pages of a selected number of local Masonic lodge histories from across the state, which were assembled around 1968. These frequently contain historical lists of former members and officers, along with telling the stories of lodges with their communities.

http://mlmindiana.org/uncategorized/indiana-freemason-magazine-collection-joins-the-indiana-memory-project/

Come discover the hidden symbols in the MLMi artifacts!
03/26/2019

Come discover the hidden symbols in the MLMi artifacts!

We are excited to announce a new online feature that will make the Museum more useful and accessible than ever!While we ...
03/25/2019
Masonic Museum Collection Now Online – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

We are excited to announce a new online feature that will make the Museum more useful and accessible than ever!

While we regularly change our exhibits at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana, it reflects only a tiny portion of our vast collection. In the years that we have been located in our present home in Indiana Freemasons Hall (and with the dedicated assistance of our IUPUI Museum Studies interns), we have been carefully cataloguing all of our various artifacts. We use a specialized program, PastPerfect Museum Software, to document and track all of our objects, whether you actually see them on display or not.

Now, through our association with Past Perfect Software, we are making it possible to view the collection online. Clicking on our ONLINE COLLECTION link will open a separate PastPerfectOnline portal that will let you access and search the photographic and written records.

Take the opportunity to browse our collection and see what surprises we have in our vaults!

http://mlmindiana.org/news/masonic-museum-collection-now-online/

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Chris HodappMasonic Museum Collection Now Online We are excited to announce a new online feature that will make the Museum more useful and accessible than ever! While we regularly change our exhibits at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana, it reflects only a tiny port...

The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana has just acquired a new six-volume collection of the Masonic Service Associati...
03/24/2019
New in the Library – MSA Short Talk Bulletin Collection – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana has just acquired a new six-volume collection of the Masonic Service Association’s Short Talk Bulletins. Our old collection of the original STBs was incomplete and hadn’t been updated in over a decade. Additionally, they took up three sets of shelves and were not indexed. The entire collection through 2016 has been freshly edited, typeset, and indexed by S. Brent Morris, editor of the Scottish Rite Journal. This makes them far more useful and accessible than ever before.

The MSA has published a Short Talk Bulletin virtually every month since 1923. They were conceived in pre-internet days as a partial answer to the howls from Masons back in the 1920s and before—right up to today—who begged for Masonic education at their lodge meetings. If Masons wouldn’t do research themselves, and grand lodges published lousy newsletters and magazines, so the thinking went, at the very least the little STB always offered a monthly dose of ready made, discussion-provoking material. Today, the entire set is a treasure trove of knowledge on hundreds of topics, presented in more than 1,000 concise articles...(MORE)

http://mlmindiana.org/book/new-in-the-library-msa-short-talk-bulletin-collection/

Posted on March 24, 2019March 24, 2019 by Chris HodappNew in the Library – MSA Short Talk Bulletin Collection The Masonic library and Museum of Indiana has just acquired a new six-volume collection of the Masonic Service Association’s Short Talk Bulletins. The MSA has published a Short Talk Bull...

Worshipful Brother Piers A. Vaughan will be speaking this coming Saturday, March 23rd, at the Scottish Rite Valley of So...
03/17/2019
Piers Vaughan Speaking in South Bend, Indiana: 3/23

Worshipful Brother Piers A. Vaughan will be speaking this coming Saturday, March 23rd, at the Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, Indiana.

His presentation in South Bend will be an exploration of the Archangel Raphaël from a Scottish Rite perspective. He has a unique way of thinking through and explaining complex (and simple) ideas, and I promise that you will discover surprises and connections you were never aware of before when seen through Piers' always fascinating viewpoint.

Piers is the most recently named Friar in the The Society of Blue Friars, an organization founded in 1932 for the express purpose of recognizing outstanding Masonic authors.

https://freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.com/2019/03/piers-vaughan-speaking-in-south-bend.html

Freemasonry around the world, featuring Masonic news, history, trivia, and more. By the author of 'Freemasons For Dummies,' Christopher Hodapp.

Indiana Brother Birch Evans Bayh has laid down his working tools and passed to the Celestial Lodge Above on Thursday. He...
03/16/2019

Indiana Brother Birch Evans Bayh has laid down his working tools and passed to the Celestial Lodge Above on Thursday. He was 91. Regardless of your political beliefs or affiliations, there is no question that Brother Bayh is considered one of the most significant American senators of the last half of the 20th century. During his 18 years in the U.S. Senate, he was widely regarded as a constitutional scholar, and is the only member of Congress since the founding fathers to author two successful constitutional amendments, and a third unsuccessful one.

Bayh was born in Terre Haute and grew up on a farm in Shirkieville, Indiana in Vigo County. He served four terms in the Indiana House of Representatives beginning in 1954, and at age 30, was the youngest House Speaker in Indiana history. He successfully ran for U.S. Senate in 1962 at age 34 - the second youngest senator that year - and his surprise election was considered one of the most shocking political upsets of that year. He would win re-election against William D. Ruckelshaus in 1968 and Richard Lugar in 1974. He lost his seat in 1980 to Dan Quayle.

Bayh introduced an amendment shortly after the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that updated the order of succession in the presidency and vice presidency in the case of death, disability or resignation. The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed in 1967. Bayh also authored the 26th Amendment, passed in 1971, which lowered the voting age across the nation from 21 to 18, a subject of hot debate at a time when 18-year-old Americans were being drafted into the Vietnam War. Its rapid adoption was the quickest ratification of a constitutional amendment in U.S. history. Bayh also authored the Equal Rights Amendment, which failed to be ratified.

He is perhaps best remembered as the principal author of the Title IX amendment to the Education Act in 1972, which granted all groups, but especially women, equal access to education opportunities, including sports. More than 40 years later, Title IX is one of the most commonly cited (and fought over)provisions of Federal education law.

Bayh helped craft and pass the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and he was the architect of the groundbreaking Juvenile Justice Act, which required the separation of juveniles from adults in prison and introduced rehabilitation programs for young offenders. And in 1980, he and fellow Freemason Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kansas, co-sponsored the Bayh-Dole Act that enabled universities and small businesses to take ownership of inventions that came from federally funded research. The 1980 bill motivated universities to take inventions from the lab to the marketplace, and resulted in a huge technology and industrial surge at that time.

Bayh was swept out of office with 11 other Democratic senators by Republicans and the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980.

In 2003, Indianapolis' Federal Building at 46 E. Ohio St. was renamed in his honor.

He is the father of former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh.

His wife Marvella died of cancer in 1979. In 1981, Bayh married Katherine “Kitty” Halpin, who survives him, along with his son Evan, a son from his second marriage, Christopher Bayh, and four grandchildren.

Brother Birch Bayh was initiated February 25th, 1956 in New Goshen Lodge 557; passed as a Fellow Craft March 24th, 1956; and raised as a Master Mason on April 14th, 1956. He demitted from that lodge and affiliated with West Terre Haute Lodge 687 on August 7, 2000. In March 1966, he received the degrees of the York Rite at a class of nearly 300 in Muncie that also included then-Indiana Governor Roger D. Branigin. He received his Award of Gold as a 50 year Mason October 17, 2006.

His column is broken, and his brethren mourn.

Requiescat In Pace.

02/28/2019

Both of the elevators in the Indianapolis Masonic Temple are now fully operational again, and the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana is once again accessible to anyone unable to use the steps. Many thanks to Randy Spaulding and all who worked to get things back in order.

In conjunction with Founders’ Day tomorrow, the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board will be serving breakfast Saturday mor...
01/10/2019

In conjunction with Founders’ Day tomorrow, the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board will be serving breakfast Saturday morning on the 2nd Floor of Indiana Freemasons' Hall beginning at 6:30AM.

Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and gravy with biscuits, orange juice, milk and coffee — all for a paltry $8! The building will open at 6AM.

However, if you climb the stairs up to visit the Masonic Library and Museum first, your breakfast will be provided free of charge! Be sure to pick up your voucher ticket at the Library & Museum Saturday morning before going back down to breakfast. Many thanks to Phil Whisner, the Temple Board, the Grand Lodge, and especially the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant and the boys of DeMolay for their hard work and generosity.

PLEASE NOTE: We regret that both of the building’s antique elevators will be unavailable for use on Founders’ Day, due to recent mechanical issues that could not be repaired in time for this weekend. As a result, the upper floors, including the Dining Room and Museum, are temporarily not handicapped accessible. We deeply apologize for this major inconvenience.

01/10/2019

Civil War Era Masonic Sculpture To Be Unveiled — Don’t Miss Founders’ Day 2019 at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana

Just 24 short days left in the Bicentennial year of Indiana Freemasonry!As the year winds down and the holidays are upon...
12/07/2018

Just 24 short days left in the Bicentennial year of Indiana Freemasonry!

As the year winds down and the holidays are upon us, the Library & Museum is making some final arrangements for a new exhibit for next year's Founders Day on January 12th. We will be debuting an incredible, one of a kind artifact from the Civil War period that is unlike any Masonic item you have ever encountered. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement!

Meanwhile, we have just added some welcome new lighting to our reading areas, making it more conducive to actually reading the books and documents in the collection visiting and working the Library.

The Library & Museum will have very limited availability between now and Founders Day due to school hiatus of our intern Cody Hudson and members of our Board being out of town. Please contact us for access.

http://mlmindiana.org/uncategorized/year-end-improvements-at-mlmi/

We’d like thank Barry B. L. White for his recent contributions at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana over the last ...
11/28/2018
Thanks to Barry B. L. White – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

We’d like thank Barry B. L. White for his recent contributions at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana over the last few months. Dwight L. Smith’s enormous collection of photographs from the Indiana Freemason magazine archives and his personal files have n
eeded organization and cataloguing for many years. Barry has been in the process of identifying and creating a master list of the hundreds of photos and sorting the rows of filing cabinets. Thanks to his work, Smith’s files today are more accessible to researchers than ever before.

Barry has also donated copies of his two books of Indiana Masonic history: 'Hartsville Lodge No. 547: From the Past To the Future,' and 'Steadfast Roots: A History of Freemasonry in Bartholomew County .'

In addition to his history books, Brother White has written several training books, one for Secretaries and one for Lodge Officers, and is currently doing research for three additional books. The quarterly newsletter for Bartholomew County Lodges was his creation along with starting the Bartholomew County Past Masters Association.

Currently Brother White is developing a Masonic scavenger hunt and Masonic trading cards to use to improve attendance at stated meetings and Lodge work as well as bring the Bartholomew County Lodges closer together.

Raised in Hartsville Lodge, he holds memberships in multiple Indiana lodges. For his boundless dedication to Indiana Freemasonry, he was awarded the Order of Service to Masonry by the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana in May 2018.

http://mlmindiana.org/uncategorized/thanks-to-barry-b-l-white/

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Chris HodappThanks to Barry B. L. White We’d like thank Barry B. L. White for his recent contributions at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana over the last few months. Dwight L. Smith’s enormous collection of photographs from the Indiana Freemason magazine arch...

Dwight L. Smith’s long out of print Goodly Heritage: 150 Years of Craft Freemasonry in Indiana (1968) is now available o...
10/30/2018

Dwight L. Smith’s long out of print Goodly Heritage: 150 Years of Craft Freemasonry in Indiana (1968) is now available once again in a brand new hardback and an E-book edition from Lulu Press. This facsimile edition was authorized by the Grand Lodge of Indiana and produced by the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana.

http://mlmindiana.org/uncategorized/smiths-goodly-heritage-now-available/

The Library has just acquired several new volumes of interest to Masonic researchers. •'Mapping Indiana:  Five Centuries...
10/23/2018
New Book Acquisitions at the Library – Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana

The Library has just acquired several new volumes of interest to Masonic researchers.

•'Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society' contains almost 100 rare antique maps culled from the Indiana Historical Society's archive of more than 1,500, and they illustrate the vast changes in Indiana's population and development from the earliest French explorers in the wilderness, up through the early 21st century. State, county and city maps are presented from various periods, and there is a wealth of detail that can be gleaned from studying when and how our communities developed.

•'Morals & Dogma: Annotated Edition' by Albert Pike; Arturo de Hoyos, 33, G.C., Grand Archivist and Grand Historian; Contributions and Glossary by Rex R. Hutchens; Foreword by Ronald A. Seale. First published in 1872 by the AASR- Southern Jurisdiction, Pike's Morals and Dogma is one of the most insightful works ever prepared for Freemasonry. This new edition includes the complete original text, but has been fully updated and improved. Approximately 4,000 notes reveal the original sources used by Pike, clarify passages, suggest further reading, and include cross-references. New "ready references" reveal scriptural sources. Profusely illustrated with many images from the original sources Pike had before him when he prepared the original edition.

• 'The Spirit of Freemasonry' was originally written in 1804 by Jean Doszedardski, a Polish member of French lodges in Paris, and eventually, New Orleans. It is filled with early descriptions of haut grades ritual, different customs, lodge practices, even table lodges. The book casts a brighter light on Masonic texts, symbols, rituals, definitions, secret alphabets and calendars that up to now were thought to be difficult for the uninitiated to comprehend. Included is the protocol of a “Table Lodge” and a handwritten account of early French hauts grades up to the 25th degree—then considered the "highest" degrees developed in 1804, and what transformed eventually into the Scottish Rite here.

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http://mlmindiana.org/uncategorized/new-book-acquisitions-at-the-library/

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Chris HodappNew Book Acquisitions at the Library The Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana has just acquired a helpful new volume for Indiana researchers. Mapping Indiana: Five Centuries of Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society is an oversized hardback published...

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