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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Merry Christmas from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library! Visit our blog to learn more about this 1918 poster d...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library! Visit our blog to learn more about this 1918 poster designed by artist Gordon Hope Grant (1875-1962). https://bit.ly/34xPhVC

Still hopeful that your Christmas cards will make it on time? We wish you luck and ask that you, as someone who apprecia...
12/22/2020

Still hopeful that your Christmas cards will make it on time? We wish you luck and ask that you, as someone who appreciates a thoughtful card, take a moment to admire this delightful 1909 holiday Masonic greeting!

Have a great holiday related Masonic postcard you've been holding on to? Share it in the comments!

We recently shared a blog about a new addition to our collection, an 1887 Masonic model made by George M. Silsbee (1840-...
12/17/2020

We recently shared a blog about a new addition to our collection, an 1887 Masonic model made by George M. Silsbee (1840-1900). This remarkably detailed model needed a few minor repairs so we called in local art conservator Rika Smith from Rika Smith McNally & Associates.

She is pictured here, with her assistant Emma Westling, carefully repairing a broken column in the model. Rika and Emily also helped us to identify some of the materials used in crafting it. Revisit our blog to learn more about Silsbee and his model! https://bit.ly/2K9jZxe

#OnThisDay in 1799, President and Freemason George Washington died of complications from an infection at the age of 67, ...
12/14/2020

#OnThisDay in 1799, President and Freemason George Washington died of complications from an infection at the age of 67, at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The American public produced many elaborate and public displays of mourning after Washington’s death.

Artists and manufacturers also marketed mourning art and memorabilia in his name, like this 1800 memorial handkerchief by Pember & Luzarder, made after an engraving by Amos Doolittle (1754-1832).

Visit our Flickr page to see a detailed photograph of the handkerchief. https://bit.ly/3n5aUnm

In this week's Instagram #staffpick, Assistant Curator Ymelda Laxton shares her choice, a Masonic sewer tile squirrel. "...
12/10/2020

In this week's Instagram #staffpick, Assistant Curator Ymelda Laxton shares her choice, a Masonic sewer tile squirrel.

"Who doesn’t love squirrels? I love that we have an object in our collection related to both squirrels and Freemasonry. Known as “sewer tile” folk art, charming ceramic figurines like this one were made from a type of clay used in the production of sewer pipe.

The clay for the pipe was locally dug, poured into plaster molds and then fired in the kiln. Throwing buckets of salt into the kiln at the height of the firing achieved the golden brown glaze. “Sewer tile” creations like this squirrel were crafted between 1880 and the early 1900s and usually cast in molds. Other popular animals included lions, dogs and pigs."

Want to learn more? Visit our blog! https://bit.ly/2Lnsa9F

On this day in 1941, Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Twenty-four hundred Ame...
12/07/2020

On this day in 1941, Japanese forces bombed Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Twenty-four hundred Americans died during the attack and twelve hundred were wounded.

To commemorate the “date that will live in infamy,” we share this photograph showing sailors in Company 330 at the Sampson Naval Training Station in Sampson, New York, in 1943, nearly two years after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Over 400,000 recruits were trained at the station between 1942 and 1945.

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United States Naval Training Station, Company 330, 1943. Sampson, New York. Gift of Jeanie Columbo, 2010.007.28.

The Museum & Library collection includes items from a variety of different fraternal, service, and youth organizations, ...
12/04/2020

The Museum & Library collection includes items from a variety of different fraternal, service, and youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts of America. On this #nationalcookieday we share the #cookiepower and highlight two fun 1982 badges in the collection.

Do you have familial stories, objects, or photographs related to the Girl Scouts? We want to know about them! Contact us at [email protected], subject line, Girl Scouts.

Charity, benevolence, and generosity. These are all words that come to mind when we think about #givingtuesday. In consi...
12/01/2020

Charity, benevolence, and generosity. These are all words that come to mind when we think about #givingtuesday. In considering the day and what it means, we decided to highlight this intriguing engraving titled "Freemason’s Heart."

Dating to about 1820, the engraving depicts a large heart under compasses and an all-seeing eye, and flanked by allegorical figures of Liberty and Justice. The heart is divided into sections, each labeled with a virtue central to Masonic teachings, including charity, benevolence, and generosity. To learn more, visit our blog here: https://bit.ly/39wQjVd

While many of us prepare for a very different kind of Thanksgiving meal this year, we take solace in knowing that we can...
11/26/2020

While many of us prepare for a very different kind of Thanksgiving meal this year, we take solace in knowing that we can still expect to have a cooking adventure in the kitchen, with one or two intentionally blackened pies.😉 Happy Thanksgiving!

𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨, 1855-1865. United States, W. L. C.; John Andrew. Special Acquisitions Fund, 74.2.22.

We invite you to visit our newest online exhibition "Rooted in Tradition: Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum a...
11/24/2020

We invite you to visit our newest online exhibition "Rooted in Tradition: Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library." The aprons and other objects highlighted in this exhibition explore the history, symbolism, and workmanship behind Masonic aprons. Most importantly, they shine a light on the people who made and wore them. https://bit.ly/2UToGwZ

On this day in 1820 a sperm whale attacked and sunk the 𝘌𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘹, an American whaler vessel from Nantucket, Massachusetts. ...
11/20/2020

On this day in 1820 a sperm whale attacked and sunk the 𝘌𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘹, an American whaler vessel from Nantucket, Massachusetts. Lest we forget just how big a whale is, we share these six-inch scrimshaw whale teeth from the collection! Both teeth were likely decorated by the same sailor.

The artist who executed the scrimshaw—a scrimshander—outlined a village at the base of the tooth. On the other tooth, he incised a three-masted vessel flying an American flag. Both teeth feature a flying bird as part of their ornamentation and, on the other side, the same sketch of Masonic symbols.#whaleofatale

To see more scrimshaw in the collection visit here: https://bit.ly/334Rnvw

The Museum recently acquired this interesting Scottish Rite jewel owned by Winslow Lewis (1799-1875). This jewel, topped...
11/17/2020

The Museum recently acquired this interesting Scottish Rite jewel owned by Winslow Lewis (1799-1875). This jewel, topped with a crown containing a cross and a pelican feeding her chicks, was likely presented to Lewis when he served as the Most Wise Master of Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix in Boston in 1863.

Read our most recent blog to learn more about Lewis and his dazzling jewel! https://bit.ly/35BUZ9O

Sometimes the Museum & Library receives donations that help to tell the story of an entire family’s history. Such is the...
11/13/2020

Sometimes the Museum & Library receives donations that help to tell the story of an entire family’s history. Such is the case with the Schoenherr family of Schenectedy, New York, who had a long standing connection to Freemasonry. Read our blog to learn more about this family's story.#familyfriday

Pictured here are Ralph Schoenherr and his sister Florence, proudly representing their Shrine connections. https://bit.ly/38DQzBp

This Veterans Day we share a World War I Masonic roll of honor from Constellation Lodge in Dedham, Massachusetts. Both d...
11/11/2020

This Veterans Day we share a World War I Masonic roll of honor from Constellation Lodge in Dedham, Massachusetts. Both during and after World War I, a number of Masonic and fraternal organizations assembled rolls of honor to recognize the service of their members. Read our most recent blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/2UhGqll

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives invites you to explore their new online exhibition, "Signed & Sealed: Masonic...
11/06/2020

The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives invites you to explore their new online exhibition, "Signed & Sealed: Masonic Certificates," now available on their digital collections website. https://bit.ly/3ewN0xz

The 1802 Masonic certificate and 1874 Masonic record seen here are featured in the exhibition.

Did you forget to turn back the clock this Halloween weekend? Well, we are here to remind you and to share this very fit...
11/02/2020

Did you forget to turn back the clock this Halloween weekend? Well, we are here to remind you and to share this very fitting haunted house wall clock, made by local craftsman extraordinaire George McFadden (1904-1991) in 1976, in Winchester, Massachusetts.

During his half-century-long career, McFadden designed jewelry, created mechanized displays for department stores, and even conceived automated devices used in circus acts. Learn more about McFadden and his wonderful creations here! https://bit.ly/3ejgnDt

The gravestone is perhaps the most easily recognizable monument to a person’s life and death. This time of year, many vi...
10/30/2020

The gravestone is perhaps the most easily recognizable monument to a person’s life and death. This time of year, many visit historic cemeteries and burial grounds to visit ancestors or to explore the artfully crafted gravestones and sculptures of a past era.

Though now discouraged, it was once popular for people to make gravestone rubbings to preserve the art and cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds. The giant rubbing here was taken from the grave of Major John Farrar (1741-1793) in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Read our most recent blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/3ec6Azc

In 1937 the Denver Chapter Order of DeMolay sent out these delightfully festive invitations to a Halloween costume dance...
10/27/2020

In 1937 the Denver Chapter Order of DeMolay sent out these delightfully festive invitations to a Halloween costume dance. Only one dollar per couple with music by Red Gray. The invitation was recently on display in our recent acquisitions exhibition in the Van Gorden-Williams Library.

We sure do hope there are some photographs of the dance somewhere out there! If you have one, let us know! Until then, read our blog to learn more. https://bit.ly/2Tutrwf

Oh, and happy #nationalblackcatday!

#Haberdashery Looking for a place to store your collar? Look no further! Curatorial Assistant Alyssa Morein, chose this ...
10/22/2020

#Haberdashery Looking for a place to store your collar? Look no further! Curatorial Assistant Alyssa Morein, chose this beautifully crafted round box used for storing collars and collar studs as her #staffpick.

"This collar box harks back to a time well before mine, when traveling businessmen—Masons and non-Masons alike—rode throughout the U.S. from one call to another on steam trains, and needed to stay presentable with a fresh daily collar and studs. I also love its sleek, understated design and the clever utility of the hidden side drawer."

Want to learn more about collars and collar boxes? Visit our blog! https://bit.ly/3dPT1oW

The Order of DeMolay, Job's Daughters, and the Order of Rainbow for Girls are all youth groups associated with Freemason...
10/20/2020

The Order of DeMolay, Job's Daughters, and the Order of Rainbow for Girls are all youth groups associated with Freemasonry. Organized between 1919 and 1922 in the Midwestern United States, these groups provided opportunities for leadership development and camaraderie. On this #NationalYouthConfidenceDay, we take a moment to highlight a few photographs from the collection related to each of these still active youth groups. Visit our Flickr page to learn more! https://bit.ly/3kbobtc

Order of Demolay Group with Advisor, 1935-1965.
Probably Massachusetts
Gift of Mystic-Woburn Royal Arch Chapter, Woburn, MA
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Members of Bethel #13, Order of Job's Daughters, 1930
Nebraska
Museum Purchase
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Rainbow Girls Officers, Lexington Assembly #37, ca. 1950
Lexington, Massachusetts
Gift of Beth McSweeney

Who doesn’t love a good cornerstone laying? On October 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid for the White House. The Museu...
10/16/2020

Who doesn’t love a good cornerstone laying? On October 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid for the White House. The Museum & Library has a great collection of photographs and objects related to cornerstone laying ceremonies and Freemasonry in the United States. To commemorate the 228 year anniversary of this momentous occasion, we share this photograph that shows officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts—observed by President and Freemason Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)—laying the cornerstone of the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in August of 1907.

Visit our online collections to see more!
https://bit.ly/353GRou

What does Freemasonry have to do with the first Black-owned television station in the United States? This recently digit...
10/13/2020

What does Freemasonry have to do with the first Black-owned television station in the United States? This recently digitized membership application for the International Free & Accepted Modern Masons (IFAMM) helps explain. Read our most recent blog from Jeff Croteau, Director of Library & Archives, to learn more! https://bit.ly/3lzFggO

Can you see the ghost?  Called "spirit photography," images like this one were often created by unscrupulous photographe...
10/08/2020

Can you see the ghost? Called "spirit photography," images like this one were often created by unscrupulous photographers who claimed that they had captured the likenesses of deceased loved ones. W.H. Mumler of Boston, who took this photograph sometime in the late 1860s, produced this type of image for eight years, claiming all the while to be uniting the dead with the living. Other photographers worked to debunk Mumler's claims, even publishing descriptions of techniques that could be used to make these pictures.

How did they do it?? Read our blog to learn more about the "ghost" techniques and about Theodore Ross, the sitter in this photograph. https://bit.ly/3iOlbSg

Don't forget, it's #internationalpostcardweek! We have a great collection of postcards at the Museum & Library related t...
10/06/2020

Don't forget, it's #internationalpostcardweek! We have a great collection of postcards at the Museum & Library related to Freemasonry and fraternalism. Here are two of our favorites, printed sometime between 1909 and 1915. To learn more about the many different types of postcards in our collection visit our blog here! https://bit.ly/3ixELlz

September is National Sewing Month! We would be remiss if we did not, on this last day in September, share this wonderfu...
09/30/2020

September is National Sewing Month! We would be remiss if we did not, on this last day in September, share this wonderful sewing kit made and used around 1917 during World War I.

During the war many soldiers carried small sewing kits, like this one, to hold personal items. Anything from thread, needles and buttons—used for uniform repair—to shaving tools and photographs may have been kept in them. The soldier who owned this kit, whose name is not known, likely made it himself out of available materials and decorated his kit with a small American flag. He or his family likely preserved it as a souvenir of his service.

The kit was included in the 2018 exhibition "Americans, Do Your Bit: World War I in posters." Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3n8GfpY

This week's #staffpick on Instagram (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) features a wonderfully triangular fraternal hat from the T...
09/25/2020

This week's #staffpick on Instagram (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) features a wonderfully triangular fraternal hat from the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Read more to find out why Collections Manager Maureen Harper chose it for her staff pick.

"I agree with Christopher Hodapp, author of 𝐹𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐷𝑢𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑒𝑠, who called the Tall Cedars of Lebanon’s pyramid-shaped hat “the oddest of fraternal headgear.” The triangular, plastic, zippered pouch to carry it seems just as odd. Still, it reminds me of men from the 1950s, like my father, who were proud of their community service—which, for the Tall Cedars, meant raising funds for muscular dystrophy research—and of their association with a fraternal group."

Visit our blog to learn more about the Tall Cedars! https://bit.ly/334JVRz

This week in 1780 three New York militiamen stopped and searched British Major John André (1751-1780)—on a mission to as...
09/22/2020

This week in 1780 three New York militiamen stopped and searched British Major John André (1751-1780)—on a mission to assist American turncoat Benedict Arnold (1741-1801) with his scheme to surrender West Point to the British—and found that André had secret papers hidden in his boot. #youcantmakethisup

The American Art Union, which distributed engravings of contemporary paintings to subscribers who paid five dollars a year, published this print of the dramatic scene for its members in 1845. The print was included in the exhibition "The Art of American History." Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2HkFcTb

In this week's Instagram #staffpick (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) we take a look at an oldie but a goodie. Former Assistant ...
09/17/2020

In this week's Instagram #staffpick (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) we take a look at an oldie but a goodie. Former Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Anne Starr, chose this 1922 lamp for the 2010 exhibition "Curator's Choice: Favorites from the Collection."

"During and after World War I, soldiers and civilians made or bought decorated shell cartridges as souvenirs. Many were made into household items, like this lamp. I find it fascinating that men reminded themselves of the horrors of war through often well-crafted and beautiful works of this so-called trench art. Union Lodge #31 in New London, Connecticut, used this three-armed lamp—a gift from Brother Robert T. Woolsey in 1922—to let late-arriving members know which of three Masonic degrees the lodge was working in." Visit our blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/2Hc52sz

President and Freemason William McKinley (1843-1901) died on this day in 1901, eight days after being shot in the abdome...
09/14/2020

President and Freemason William McKinley (1843-1901) died on this day in 1901, eight days after being shot in the abdomen while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley is one of four presidents assassinated in our country’s history.

The Museum & Library owns many items related to McKinley's presidential campaigns, death, and memorials. Visit our blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/2E2ZejW

Are you trying to squeeze in just a few more visits to the ice cream shop before fall officially arrives? Perhaps you ar...
09/10/2020

Are you trying to squeeze in just a few more visits to the ice cream shop before fall officially arrives? Perhaps you are even looking to make your own flag-shaped or double-headed eagle-shaped ice cream pops. Take inspiration from these pewter ice cream molds, general staff favorites here at the Museum & Library! Visit our online collections site to learn more! https://bit.ly/35pD7PK

The history of the labor movement and the history of fraternalism in the United States are often intertwined. As we thin...
09/08/2020

The history of the labor movement and the history of fraternalism in the United States are often intertwined. As we think about labor history in the United States this Labor Day holiday week, we share this 1920 printed chart from the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, founded as a labor organization for railroad employees in Oneonta, New York, in 1883.

The group was the largest brotherhood of operating railroad employees before merging with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, the Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen and the Switchmen’s Union of North America to form the United Transportation Union in 1969. Read our blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/3hfdbJ0

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33 Marrett Rd (At The Intersection Of Route 2A And Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA
02421

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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Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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