Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library The Museum presents exhibitions and programs on topics in Freemasonry and American history. Thanks to the Scottish Rite Freemasons, admission is FREE!
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Today in our Instagram #staffpick series, Assistant Curator Ymelda Rivera Laxton chose this 1819 engraving titled ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ...
07/29/2020

Today in our Instagram #staffpick series, Assistant Curator Ymelda Rivera Laxton chose this 1819 engraving titled ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ, ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ข, engraved by John Hill (1770-1850) after paintings by John Lewis Krimmel (1786-1821) and Samuel Jones.

โ€œOn March 9, 1819, the first Masonic Hall in Philadelphia burnt down, just eight years after being erected. This engraving depicts the scene and is so incredibly detailed that it seems both realistic and surreal at the same time. This print was made using the aquatint process, a printmaking technique that produces tonal effects. The detail, outlines, and tones in the engraving are quite breathtaking when you view it in person. The architectural details of the building, the smoke, the peopleโ€™s faces, and the water shooting over the flames, really transport you to that chaotic and tragic night.โ€ To learn more about the Masonic hall visit our blog: https://bit.ly/3jPv6sg

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Is your calendar marked for November 3rd? Then you know there are only fourteen more weeks until the 2020 presidential e...
07/24/2020

Is your calendar marked for November 3rd? Then you know there are only fourteen more weeks until the 2020 presidential election! Presidential candidates and their supporters have manufactured all sorts of creative and pithy campaign items over the years. We share a few of our favorite campaign textiles included in the online exhibition, "Who Would You Vote For? Campaigning for President."

To learn more about the McKinley, Lincoln, and Eisenhower items shared here, visit the online exhibition: https://bit.ly/2CA6iUx

Please take a minute to look at our newest online exhibition, "Designing Costumes for the Scottish Rite, 1913-1920." The...
07/22/2020

Please take a minute to look at our newest online exhibition, "Designing Costumes for the Scottish Rite, 1913-1920." The exhibition features a selection of colorful costume designs commissioned by the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction's Supreme Council in the 1910s. https://bit.ly/3hrxmEe

President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) became a Freemason in 1909. By 1940, he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodg...
07/17/2020
Newly added to Digital Collections: Harry S. Truman Letters

President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) became a Freemason in 1909. By 1940, he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri.

The Library & Archive recently digitized a number of letters written from Truman to Melvin Maynard Johnson (1871-1957), the head of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction's Supreme Council during the 1940s and 1950. Learn more about the letters here: https://bit.ly/3j8yVsd

Did you know that President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) was in correspondence with Melvin Maynard Johnson (1871-1957), the head of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction's Supreme Council during the 1940s and 1950s? A number of recently digitized letters, written from Truman...

โฃHungry for all things ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ these days? We can help you with that.โฃIn 1856, history painter Alonzo Chappel created t...
07/14/2020

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Hungry for all things ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ these days? We can help you with that.โฃ
In 1856, history painter Alonzo Chappel created this interpretation of General Washington (1732-1799) and a young Alexander Hamilton (ca.1755-1804) meeting during the Revolutionary War.

Washington and Hamilton first encountered each other in 1775 in New York, when Washington and the Continental army utilized Hamilton's local militia to fight the British. Washington appointed Hamilton his aide-de-camp in 1777. Chappelโ€™s own lithograph of this painting was illustrated in the 1856 biography, ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐ฟ๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‡๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐บ๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘Š๐‘Ž๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘›. โฃ#hamilton #srmasonicmuseumlibrary

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๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ด ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ
1856โฃ
Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887)โฃ
USA: New York, Brooklynโฃ
Oil on canvasโฃ
frame: 38-3/4"h X 32-7/8"w x 2"dโฃ
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manneyโฃ
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Our Director of Exhibitions and Collections Hilary Anderson Stelling recently wrote about an intricately engraved 1810 R...
07/10/2020

Our Director of Exhibitions and Collections Hilary Anderson Stelling recently wrote about an intricately engraved 1810 Royal Arch jewel in our collection. Find out more here: https://bit.ly/2W9awsO

In 1933 this DeMolay baseball team played in Portsmouth, New Hampshireโ€™s amateur Sunset Leagueโ€”an โ€œafter supperโ€ summert...
07/07/2020

In 1933 this DeMolay baseball team played in Portsmouth, New Hampshireโ€™s amateur Sunset Leagueโ€”an โ€œafter supperโ€ summertime league. In that year the DeMolayโ€™s competition included teams from the Knights of Columbus, the Atlantic Gypsum Products Company, two teams from the Portsmouth Navy Yard, and one from the nearby town of Kittery, Maine. This photograph is included in the online exhibition "What's in a Portrait?" Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3iGC3v0 #wemissbaseball

Want to know more about DeMolay, a Masonic youth group? Visit our blog here: https://bit.ly/2O4XsAi

07/03/2020
Worcester Art Museum

We were so excited to be a part of this amazing exhibition! The Museum and Grand Lodge of Massachusetts lent two objects from the collection for the exhibitionโ€”a punch bowl with Masonic symbols and a silver ladle made by Paul Revere. Learn more about the punch bowl here: https://bit.ly/2ZEmNWS and the silver ladle here: https://bit.ly/2BZPRA6.

WAMโ€™s "Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere" exhibition focuses on Revereโ€™s work to promote the Patriot cause to establish a new nation separate from England. A highlight of our exhibition is the portrait of Paul Revere by John Singleton Copley on loan to us from the MFA Boston. While Copley painted Revere and other influential patriots, he was a Loyalist who left the colonies for England during the summer of 1774, after the second Tea Party. Copley never returned.

With Copleyโ€™s birthday on the 3rd of July and our celebration of Independence on the 4th, we thought it would be interesting to look at the Revolution from the Loyalistsโ€™ perspective. We present this video of WAM Program Coordinator, Neal Bourbeau, talking about his time as a Loyalist reenactor and about the perspective of Loyalists in New England.

It's finally July and starting to feel like summer! If you are interested in trying to keep cool and President William M...
07/02/2020

It's finally July and starting to feel like summer! If you are interested in trying to keep cool and President William McKinley (1843-1901), then have we got the object for you!

In 2018, the Museum received a collection of nearly fifty campaign and memorial items related to President and Freemason William McKinley, including this 1898 commemorative fan. The wood and fabric fan features black and white photographs of McKinley and prominent military figures from the Spanish-American War (1898). Visit our blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/3dTDbrN

Today, in our Instagram (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary)  #staffpick series we shared this portrait of Mary Devlin Booth (1840-...
06/26/2020

Today, in our Instagram (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) #staffpick series we shared this portrait of Mary Devlin Booth (1840-1863). The 1883 portrait was commissioned by her husband Edwin Booth twenty years after her death and was chosen by our Director of Library & Archives, Jeff Croteau.

"Even before I knew the story behind this oil painting, I found it haunting and romantic. Its subject is the actor Edwin Boothโ€™s (1833โ€“1893) first wife, sister-in-law of the infamous John Wilkes Booth (1838โ€“1865), Abraham Lincolnโ€™s assassin. Mary Devlin Booth (1840โ€“1863), also an actor, died at the age of 23. Edwin, it seems, never got over her death: Although he remarried, he commissioned this portrait twenty years after her death. He is now buried by her side at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts."

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library owns a collection of quilts with incorporated Masonic symbols. A selection of...
06/25/2020
Masonic Quilts - Quilts

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library owns a collection of quilts with incorporated Masonic symbols. A selection of these quilts were recently featured in a great online article about Masonic quilts on the site Quilts.com. To learn more visit their site here: https://www.quilts.com/suzys_fancy/freemason-quilts/

Thank you International Quilt Festival for featuring these beautiful labors of love! To see more quilts from the collection visit our Flickr page! https://bit.ly/31i6QbE

While women arenโ€™t allowed to join the Freemasons, theyโ€™ve made quilts with symbols of the โ€œsecretive societyโ€ for 200+ years. Discover a unique museum, and the story of the spiritualist who designed a quiltโ€ฆwhile in a trance!

As Americans commemorate the 154th #Juneteenth holiday this week, we take a closer look at civic and fraternal leader, C...
06/19/2020

As Americans commemorate the 154th #Juneteenth holiday this week, we take a closer look at civic and fraternal leader, Caesar Robert Blake (c.1886-1931). Blake served as Imperial Potentate of the Prince Hall Shrine from 1919 to his death in 1931. Read our most recent blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/30ZB7vI

His portrait, seen here, is included in the upcoming exhibition "What's in a Portrait?" Explore the online version of the exhibition here: https://bit.ly/2NevO3o

We recently started a #staffpick series on Instagram. Our most recent pick comes from Director of Collections and Exhibi...
06/12/2020
Masonic Tracing Board - jigsaw puzzle (48 pieces)

We recently started a #staffpick series on Instagram. Our most recent pick comes from Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Hilary Anderson Stelling. She chose this striking 1863 Masonic tracing board from Trinity Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Clinton, Massachusetts.

"Masons use tracing boards to instruct new brothers in the meaning and uses of Masonic symbols. When we first received this tracing board at the Museum, it was dry, cracked and torn. Work by a conservator gave it a chance to shine again. With its clear illustrations, warm yellow background and gold highlights, I am sure this painting added glamour and beauty to the gas or candlelit lodge room where it was used."

In order to study every detail of this tracing board, we invite you to put it back together! To see more staff picks follow our Instagram account @srmasonicmuseumlibrary.

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

On this #mountainmonday we remember the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in Alaska on June 7, 1...
06/08/2020

On this #mountainmonday we remember the first successful ascent of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) in Alaska on June 7, 1913, and highlight this wonderful 1914 photograph showing members of the Roof of the World Masonic Lodge No. 1094 at the summit of Mt. Meiggs in Peru. The Grand Lodge of Scotland chartered Roof of the World Lodge No.1094 in Cerro de Pasco, Peru, in 1911. Considered the highest Masonic lodge in the world, the group met at an altitude of 14,208 feet above sea level. American executives and engineers employed by the various mines and construction camps in Peru made up most of the membership.#climbeverymountain #topoftheworld #srmasonicmuseumlibrary

To learn more about the groupโ€™s momentous meeting at the summit of Mt. Meiggs (17,575 feet above sea level) visit our blog here: https://bit.ly/2XMa5WB

Sometimes you find transformative objects in museum collections...literally, objects that can transform into something e...
06/05/2020

Sometimes you find transformative objects in museum collections...literally, objects that can transform into something else. One example includes this beautifully detailed Masonic ball watch fob. Want to learn more? Visit our blog here: https://bit.ly/2z3JLxo

If you own one of these tiny wonders, tell us about it in the comments!

Now that you have had weeks to study every aspect of your significant other's appearance, are you thinking about commiss...
05/29/2020

Now that you have had weeks to study every aspect of your significant other's appearance, are you thinking about commissioning or making an official portrait? Take some inspiration from these charming Masonic portraits of couples, featured in our most recent blog! https://bit.ly/36LJdJc

These portraits will also be on view in the upcoming exhibition "What's in a Portrait?" To learn more visit the online exhibition at: https://bit.ly/2TTKfxv.

Follow us on Instagram @srmasonicmuseumlibrary! That's right, you now have more ways to connect with the Museum & Librar...
05/27/2020

Follow us on Instagram @srmasonicmuseumlibrary! That's right, you now have more ways to connect with the Museum & Library wherever you go! View, like โค๏ธ, and comment on posts featuring wonderful items from our collection. Share with your friends and let the hashtag frenzy begin! https://bit.ly/2M5yMGE

#masonicmuseum #wehavearrived #srmasonicmuseumlibrary #ifyoubuildittheywillcome

On this day in 1802 the nation's first first lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, dies at her Mt. Vernon home, at t...
05/22/2020

On this day in 1802 the nation's first first lady, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, dies at her Mt. Vernon home, at the age of 70. In this 1863 print, titled "Washington's First interview with his Wife," engraver George R. Hall , depicts an imagined first meeting between Martha Dandridge Custis and George Washington (1732-1799).

To see more images of Martha and George Washington visit our online exhibition, "The Many Faces of George Washington." https://bit.ly/2Xjeyyx

We invite you to explore our latest online exhibition "Illustrated Patriotic Envelopes of the American Civil War," now a...
05/21/2020

We invite you to explore our latest online exhibition "Illustrated Patriotic Envelopes of the American Civil War," now available on the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives Digital Collections website.https://bit.ly/3bTGmi9

The objects in the exhibition are from a collection of over 1,000 Illustrated patriotic envelopes of the American Civil War that were donated to the museum by William Caleb Loring, 33ยฐ (1925-2011). Learn more here! https://bit.ly/3cSqRIF

Are you ready for "cartomania?" If you answered yes or want to know more (we know you do) then please visit our blog to ...
05/15/2020

Are you ready for "cartomania?" If you answered yes or want to know more (we know you do) then please visit our blog to learn about the carte-de-visite craze that swept the world in the mid 1800s! https://bit.ly/360erMc

These carte-de-visite portraits are among many included in the upcoming exhibition, "What's in a Portrait?" To see the online version of the exhibition visit here: https://bit.ly/3fQHTIY

Take a look at these newly digitized letters from the Jacob Norton Papers collection, which consists of Norton's incomin...
05/13/2020
Newly added to Digital Collections - Jacob Norton letters

Take a look at these newly digitized letters from the Jacob Norton Papers collection, which consists of Norton's incoming correspondence from well-known nineteenth-century Freemasons, such as Rob Morris (1818-1888) and Enoch Terry Carson (1822-1899). https://bit.ly/2WtGfFr

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library recently added a selection of letters to its Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives Digital Collections website. The digitized letters are selected from the over 700 that are in the Jacob Norton Papers collection,...

The Museum & Library regularly contributes articles about collections and exhibitions to ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, a quarterly...
05/08/2020

The Museum & Library regularly contributes articles about collections and exhibitions to ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต, a quarterly publication from the Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ). The magazine celebrates a golden anniversary this year!

To commemorate the event we have created a new Flickr album with a select group of objects featured in the magazine! Take a look here: https://bit.ly/3fxVbK7

What is this striking portraitโ€”a photograph or a drawing? It is actually a little bit of both. It is a crayon enlargemen...
05/05/2020

What is this striking portraitโ€”a photograph or a drawing? It is actually a little bit of both. It is a crayon enlargement, or a print enlarged from a photographic negative and then highlighted with chalk, graphite, or pastel. Intrigued?

Read our most recent blog post to learn more about the process and about the man pictured, a Past Noble Grand of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows.https://bit.ly/3dwnh75

The portrait is included in our upcoming exhibition, "What's in a Portrait?" The online version of the exhibition can be found here. https://bit.ly/2yu6QJi

While our physical doors may be closed, our staff is still busily at work adding more content to our digital sites for y...
05/01/2020
More Content Added to Digital Collections Sites!

While our physical doors may be closed, our staff is still busily at work adding more content to our digital sites for you! Please visit our Museum & Library website and find ways to learn and discover from the comfort of your own home. https://bit.ly/2VTTqiM

If you haven't visited the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library's digital collections sites before, or if it's been awhile, now is the perfect time to explore them. Museum & Library staff are currently working from home and are using...

Visit our new online exhibition, "What's in a Portrait?," now available on our website! This exhibition includes paintin...
04/29/2020

Visit our new online exhibition, "What's in a Portrait?," now available on our website! This exhibition includes paintings, prints, and photographs from the gallery exhibition, "What's in a Portrait?," opening at the Museum & Library in the coming months. https://bit.ly/3bNIkBB

Thinking about starting your own garden to celebrate the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay? Take some inspiration from these...
04/22/2020

Thinking about starting your own garden to celebrate the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay? Take some inspiration from these World War I era posters encouraging American citizens to consume less and "sow seeds of victory" in support of the war effort.

Learn more about these posters and other World War I items in our collection here: https://bit.ly/3cCSXqB

Experience some of Patriot's Day online! Take a look at an original copy of the Lexington Alarm letter from our collecti...
04/20/2020

Experience some of Patriot's Day online! Take a look at an original copy of the Lexington Alarm letter from our collection. During any other year, the Museum & Library exhibits the letter in the month of April. #patiriotsday

Our letter is one of several created by colonists to inform other colonies about the Battle of Lexington and the outbreak of war with England. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3cx85G3

โ€œListen, my children, and you shall hearOf the midnight ride of Paul Revere,โ€ฆโ€In 1860, poet Henry Wadsforth Longfellow (...
04/17/2020

โ€œListen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,โ€ฆโ€

In 1860, poet Henry Wadsforth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote those beginning lines for the poem ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ. Decades later, the A. D. Handy Stereopticons and Supply Company created this series of magic lantern slides based on the poem. #patriotsday #legendary

Tomorrow, April 18th, marks the 245th anniversary of Paul Revereโ€™s ride from Boston to Lexington, warning of an impending British attack. To learn more about magic lanterns and to see the rest of the lantern slide series, visit our online exhibition, ๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜‰๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ: ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.--> https://bit.ly/2XQGuvg

Looking to add some excitement to your day? Then buckle your seat belt and try your hand at this virtual jigsaw puzzle (...
04/14/2020
Stained glass window - jigsaw puzzle (21 pieces)

Looking to add some excitement to your day? Then buckle your seat belt and try your hand at this virtual jigsaw puzzle (only 21 pieces). Please put our stained glass window back together again! The window was installed in the lobby of our Museum & Library before our opening in 1975.#puzzletuesday

See the object in our online collections here: https://bit.ly/2VrfO1E

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

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33 Marrett Rd (At The Intersection Of Route 2A And Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA
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Monday through Saturday from Boston/Cambridge: Take subway (Red Line) to Alewife Station. Change to bus #62 or #76 to the museum. The museum is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue (Route 4) and Route 2A West (Marrett Road).

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