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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The Library & Archives recently opened a new exhibition featuring recent acquisitions in the collection. The exhibit inc...
02/13/2020

The Library & Archives recently opened a new exhibition featuring recent acquisitions in the collection. The exhibit includes a selection of photo postcards that document a parade in Manchester, Connecticut, featuring hundreds of Shriners. Some of the Shrine groups marching in Manchester came from as far away as Fargo, North Dakota.

The show will run through August 1, 2020. Visit our website to learn more. https://bit.ly/39t92xJ

Did you set out your finest cutlery and dinner ware over the holiday season for dinners and parties? Then take a closer ...
01/01/2020
Dining and Refreshment

Did you set out your finest cutlery and dinner ware over the holiday season for dinners and parties? Then take a closer look at some of these wonderful Masonic and fraternal objects from the collection related to eating, drinking, and special occasions.

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Food, drink, and sociability were at the heart of Masonic and fraternal gatherings. Masonic and fraternal groups invested in pitchers, bottles, platters, mugs, bowls and other kinds of serving ware to make sure they could comfortably accommodate members and visitors. Members also purchased or were g...

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library recently updated and revised one of our most popular resources—Caring for You...
11/29/2019
Caring For Your Masonic Treasures

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library recently updated and revised one of our most popular resources—Caring for Your Masonic Treasures. This free online 21-page booklet outlines various preservation techniques and explains, among other things, the ideal conditions in which to store collections and types of storage.

Feel free to consult the PDF online, download it to your device, or print it out! https://www.srmml.org/caring-for-your-masonic-treasures/

Caring For Your Masonic Treasures The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library often receives calls from Masonic lodges and Valleys asking how to preserve their historic documents—charters, minute books, and certificates—as well as photographs and books. We hope this booklet will help you get star...

As people across the nation reflect on the lives of veterans this week, we ask that you take a look at a recent blog pos...
11/16/2019

As people across the nation reflect on the lives of veterans this week, we ask that you take a look at a recent blog post highlighting a 1966 Masonic program for veterans of the Vietnam war.https://bit.ly/2XqDAeD

How is this gold bug pin related to President and Freemason William McKinley (1843-1901)? Read our blog to find out! htt...
10/22/2019

How is this gold bug pin related to President and Freemason William McKinley (1843-1901)? Read our blog to find out! https://bit.ly/2BAzfvs

The pin is currently on view in our Recent Acquisitions exhibit, "William McKinley: President and Freemason," on view through September 2020. https://bit.ly/2ME6qo5

Putting together a list of famous Masons? Take a look at our most recent blog highlighting songwriter and Freemason Irvi...
10/08/2019

Putting together a list of famous Masons? Take a look at our most recent blog highlighting songwriter and Freemason Irving Berlin (1888-1989). Berlin is featured on a commemorative medallion celebrating “Famous Masons” in U.S. history. Read the blog to learn more about the medallions and about Berlin's life! https://bit.ly/2LZNGPH

For the past year Museum staff have been working on a loan to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachuset...
09/10/2019

For the past year Museum staff have been working on a loan to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a traveling exhibition titled "Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere."

The Museum and Grand Lodge of Massachusetts are lending two objects from the collection—a punch bowl with Masonic symbols and a silver ladle made by Revere. https://bit.ly/2ksi5LA

"Beyond Midnight" is now on view at the New-York Historical Society from September 6 to January 12, 2020. Learn more about the exhibition here: https://bit.ly/2m9Re7q

Have you visited the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania? This beautifully illustrated ...
08/30/2019

Have you visited the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania? This beautifully illustrated mid-century postcard will give you an idea of just how beautiful it is. To see more postcard views in our collection, visit the Library & Archives Digital Collection website at: https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/825

"It was the stalwart butcher man,That knit his swarthy brow,And said the gentle Pig must die,And sealed it with a vow."S...
08/25/2019

"It was the stalwart butcher man,
That knit his swarthy brow,
And said the gentle Pig must die,
And sealed it with a vow."

So begins the Oliver Wendell Holmes 1830 ballad "The Spectre Pig." The popular ballad described the butchering of a pig, who then comes back from the dead to exact revenge on the butcher who killed him. Check out our blog to learn more about how magic lantern manufacturers shared stories and ballads like this one using lantern story sets. https://bit.ly/2NudzIp

Are you familiar with the Sons of Temperance or the Templars of Honor? Take a look at our recent blog to learn more abou...
08/02/2019

Are you familiar with the Sons of Temperance or the Templars of Honor? Take a look at our recent blog to learn more about these fraternal groups! https://bit.ly/2YnGqF1

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On July 16, 1969, the Saturn V rocket launched from ...
07/18/2019

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. On July 16, 1969, the Saturn V rocket launched from Cape Kennedy carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot and Freemason Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin stepped foot onto the moon on July 20, 1969.

A Ben B. Lipset of New York wrote and dedicated a poem about the event the same year. Lipsets's poem "Mission Accomplished" is part of the Ben B. Lipset Buzz Aldrin Ephemera collection in the The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives. Visit the digital collections site to learn more! https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/692

07/12/2019
32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemasonry, NMJ

Exciting week at at the Museum & Library as staff receive a "Pro Servitio" award courtesy of DeMolay International Grand Master Boyd Patterson for their help with a special exhibition at the DeMolay Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

We are honored and thankful for the recognition!

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library staff receive a "Pro Servitio" award courtesy of DeMolay International Grand Master Boyd Patterson for their help with a special exhibition for the DeMolay Museum to commemorate the organization’s centennial.

DeMolay’s 100-year celebration in Kansas City, Missouri, brought visitors both far and near, including DeMolay Paraguay, who gifted Commander Dave Glattly with a hand-crocheted Paraguay flag.

Learn more in our latest blog: https://scottishritenmj.org/blog/scottish-rite-masonic-museum-library-helps-demolay-international-celebrate-centennial

In 1862 artist H.S. Sadd engraved this print after a T. H. Matteson (1813-1884) painting.The print titled "The Spirit of...
07/05/2019

In 1862 artist H.S. Sadd engraved this print after a T. H. Matteson (1813-1884) painting.The print titled "The Spirit of '76" depicts an American family preparing for the battle against the British, with a newspaper showing the date July 4, 1776. To see other items from the Museum collection visit https://bit.ly/2hNSirO.

Getting ready to visit some historic sites this summer? Going to make your way to Boston to see the Paul Revere House in...
06/26/2019

Getting ready to visit some historic sites this summer? Going to make your way to Boston to see the Paul Revere House in Boston? Take a look at our current exhibition "Paul Revere’s Ride Revisited: Drawings by Fred Lynch" to see artist Fred Lynch's fresh perspective on Revere's famous ride. On view now through March 7, 2020. https://bit.ly/2u2TjTb

The Order of DeMolay celebrates its 100th anniversary this year! To commemorate the celebration the Museum & Library cur...
06/13/2019

The Order of DeMolay celebrates its 100th anniversary this year! To commemorate the celebration the Museum & Library currently has some DeMolay items on view. Visit our most recent blog posts to learn more about these items and the history of the organization. https://bit.ly/2WN0KPv

Emil Cruz (1904-1983), originally from the Philippines, was a long-time member of Schiller Lodge No. 263 in Detroit, Mic...
05/30/2019

Emil Cruz (1904-1983), originally from the Philippines, was a long-time member of Schiller Lodge No. 263 in Detroit, Michigan. Read our blog to learn more about his story and journey to Michigan. https://bit.ly/2Z16tOf

It's May, which means it's time for us to revisit one of our favorite subjects – the Masonic impostor. Jeff Croteau, Dir...
05/15/2019

It's May, which means it's time for us to revisit one of our favorite subjects – the Masonic impostor. Jeff Croteau, Director of Library & Archives writes his latest blog about Duncan C. Turner (born ca. 1847), a "bogus Mason" featured in the 1903 booklet, "Album of Masonic Impostors."

Read the blog to learn more! https://bit.ly/2LFwO2f

The Museum recently added two striking Pendleton blankets with Shriner emblems to the collection. Pendleton Woolen Mills...
05/01/2019

The Museum recently added two striking Pendleton blankets with Shriner emblems to the collection. Pendleton Woolen Mills located in Pendleton, Oregon, began manufacturing Native American inspired wool blankets, like these ones, in the early 1900s.

Read our blog to learn more about these new additions and their interesting history! https://bit.ly/2GKK0xb

Congratulations again to Leffingwell House Museum for hosting a successful Lexington Alarm Letter event last weekend! We...
04/28/2019
Leffingwell House Museum

Congratulations again to Leffingwell House Museum for hosting a successful Lexington Alarm Letter event last weekend! We were excited to help them share the letter and its history with the Norwich community.

Thank you to the Norwich Bulletin,, John Penney for the fabulous coverage of the Return of the Lexington Alarm to Norwich!!
NORWICH — A letter announcing the news of the British attack on colonial militiamen at Lexington and Concord and delivered to the home of prominent Norwich resident Christopher Leffingwell was shown off for the first time 244 years in the city on Saturday.

The “Lexington Alarm Letter,” which spurred Norwich and other Eastern Connecticut towns onto a war-footing, was walked up from the Leffingwell House Museum’s vault where it had sat since Thursday after being transferred from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington, Mass.

“I have goose bumps,” said Dayne Rugh, president of the museum house president. “This is likely the first time this letter has been on display in this house since April 20, 1775.”

A day before, British regulars from Boston descended onto the Lexington Green to seize gunpowder. When met with fierce resistance, shots were exchanged and eight men killed. The British moved to Concord where more munitions were stored and were greeted by 3,500 colonial irregulars.

Rugh said news of the fighting was spread by riders delivering the alarm letters to members of the Committees of Correspondence, which operated as a colonial “shadow government” after the British crackdown on formal legislative bodies.

“Leffingwell was a member of the Connecticut Committee of Correspondence and happened to be with Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, who had a relationship with British Gen. Thomas Gage,” Rugh said. “Trumbull was initially doubtful about the letter, but it didn’t take too long for him to be convinced.”

The alarm letters, delivered by Israel Bisell, were copied and signed by a series of influential New England colonials who took action.

“This letter caused people to turn storehouses into war-storage spaces and sent troops on the march,” Rugh said.

The letter, which had already been received by Connecticut delegates in Brookfield and Brooklyn before reaching Norwich, is short and concise, with Joseph Palmer, a member of the Massachusetts’ Committee of Safety, penning only 14 lines long. It announces the British landing at Cambridge and subsequent fighting at Lexington and is addressed “To all the Friends of American Liberty.”

“We find another Brigade are now upon their march from Boston supposed to be about 1000,” the letter states. “I have spoken with several persons who have seen the Dead & Wounded. Pray let the Delegates from this Colony to Connecticut see this they know.”

Getting the letter from the Massachusetts museum to Connecticut took about a year of discussions, Rugh said.

“We knew then that this letter existed, but all we’d seen were facsimiles,” he said. “Late last summer, we made contact with the museum and they agreed to loan it to us.”

The letter, in a clear, protective sheath, is still clear enough to read, the cursive flourishes sharp with only a few smudges.

“It’s fairly unusual to see a document in this good of a condition after so long,” said Maureen Harper, collection manager for the Scottish Rite museum. “The ink is light-sensitive, and we think it was kept in the dark for a long period of time before we bought it in 1995 from a dealer.”

Visit the Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich, Connecticut, this Saturday, April 20th, to see the Lexington Alarm letter...
04/17/2019

Visit the Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich, Connecticut, this Saturday, April 20th, to see the Lexington Alarm letter sent to Christopher Leffingwell 244 years ago!

The letter, in the Scottish Rite Museum & Library collection will be on view in Norwich for one day. Read our blog to learn more about its history. https://bit.ly/2PdQ70V

Read our most recent blog to learn more about an 1876 letter in our collection related to the Temperance Movement and Ma...
04/10/2019

Read our most recent blog to learn more about an 1876 letter in our collection related to the Temperance Movement and Mary E. Elliot (1851-1942), Grand Worthy Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts of the Independent Order of Good Templars. https://bit.ly/2UPyhq6

"Hickory, dickory, dock, The Mouse ran up the clock..." Elmer Ellsworth Dungan (1862-1930) turned this famous  nursery r...
03/26/2019

"Hickory, dickory, dock, The Mouse ran up the clock..."
Elmer Ellsworth Dungan (1862-1930) turned this famous nursery rhyme into a whimsical clock in the early 1900s.

The clock is currently on view in our exhibition "Keeping Time: Clockmakers and Collecters." Visit here to learn more about the exhibition and this fantastic clock! https://bit.ly/2BejXfj

Robert Emmet Doyle, Jr. (1903-1988) of Missouri received this DeMolay certificate at a special ceremony in Washington D....
03/15/2019

Robert Emmet Doyle, Jr. (1903-1988) of Missouri received this DeMolay certificate at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in 1922. Doyle had the certificate autographed by nearly thirty Masons, including two U.S. presidents, Warren G. Harding and William H. Taft!

Read our most recent blog to learn more about Doyle and his certificate! https://bit.ly/2T8lEla

Take a look at our new exhibition "Paul Revere's Ride Revisited: Drawings by Fred Lynch," on view through March 2020. Ly...
03/12/2019

Take a look at our new exhibition "Paul Revere's Ride Revisited: Drawings by Fred Lynch," on view through March 2020. Lynch's nineteen drawings provide a fresh perspective on Paul Revere's now famous ride and show how much has changed since Revere's time, even as echoes of his era remain. https://bit.ly/2u2TjTb

Entrepreneurs have long used historical figures to help sell their products. Here, Diamond Match Company and Winters & P...
02/28/2019

Entrepreneurs have long used historical figures to help sell their products. Here, Diamond Match Company and Winters & Prophet Canning Company employed Paul Revere’s reputation for speed and as a history-maker and patriot, to sell matches and tomatoes.

Both items are on featured in "The Art of American History," on view through November 2019. https://bit.ly/2AWTTGE

Today is Presidents' Day! The perfect time to visit our online exhibition "The Many Faces of George Washington," and lea...
02/18/2019

Today is Presidents' Day! The perfect time to visit our online exhibition "The Many Faces of George Washington," and learn more about Washington, born on February 22, 1732. https://bit.ly/2RDjjze

Exciting news! The Library & Archives digital collections are now available through the Digital Public Library of Americ...
02/11/2019
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Exciting news! The Library & Archives digital collections are now available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that collects information and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

By participating in the Digital Public Library of America, the Museum increases the awareness of our collections. You can explore the Library & Archives Digital Collections website here: https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/

In 1823, William Felt (1766-1843) gave this 1803 bible to newly chartered Cassia Lodge in Medfield, Massachusetts. A ded...
01/25/2019

In 1823, William Felt (1766-1843) gave this 1803 bible to newly chartered Cassia Lodge in Medfield, Massachusetts. A dedication page in the bible includes striking calligraphy and ornamentation recording the gift.

Visit our most recent blog to see detailed images of the beautifully ornamented pages and to learn more about the calligrapher and Cassia Lodge. https://bit.ly/2MtrgF7

Visit our current exhibition "The Art of American History" to view historic prints from the collection and to learn more...
01/18/2019
The Art of American History

Visit our current exhibition "The Art of American History" to view historic prints from the collection and to learn more about how artists have depicted events in American history throughout time. The exhibition is on view through November 2019. https://bit.ly/2AWTTGE

The Art of American History Fan, Embarkation of the Pilgrims, 1875-1900, Printed by Photo Gravure Co., Produced by A. C. Bosselman, New York, New York., Gift of the Estate of Russell J. and Vera L. Wilder, 75.69.99, Photograph by David Bohl. The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in America, A. D. 1620,...

Even though the college football season has come to an end, you can still give a rousing Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Bah! for t...
01/11/2019

Even though the college football season has come to an end, you can still give a rousing Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Bah! for this 1948 program from the annual all-star East-West Shrine football game played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California.

Want to learn more about the history of the game? Visit our most recent blog post by Jeff Croteau, Director of Library & Archives. https://bit.ly/2SNclrC

Happy New Year! The holidays are always a popular time to give to charity. This tradition of giving often extends beyond...
01/04/2019

Happy New Year! The holidays are always a popular time to give to charity. This tradition of giving often extends beyond the holidays for many fraternal and Masonic groups around the world.

Read Archivist John Coelho's recent blog highlighting some rare Prince Hall materials in the collection that spotlight African American Masonic philanthropy. https://bit.ly/2F5TZ1T

Happy holidays from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library! Enjoy some holiday and winter scenes from our collection...
12/28/2018

Happy holidays from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library! Enjoy some holiday and winter scenes from our collection of toy magic lantern slides. To see more slides, visit our Flickr page here: https://bit.ly/2QT1wHv

Ever dream of becoming an Arctic explorer? Then take a look at our most recent blog post to learn more about Dr. Elisha ...
12/12/2018

Ever dream of becoming an Arctic explorer? Then take a look at our most recent blog post to learn more about Dr. Elisha Kane's (1820-1857) final 1853 Arctic voyage and to view artist and Freemason Albert Operti's (1852-1927) depiction of Kane and his crew. https://bit.ly/2BejXfj

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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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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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