St John's Lodge No 1 Foundation, Inc

St John's Lodge No 1 Foundation, Inc The Foundation helps raise funds to restore and conserve a priceless treasure of American history - the George Washington Inaugural Bible.
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The St. John's Lodge No. 1 Foundation, Inc. helps raise funds to restore and conserve a priceless treasurer of American history - the George Washington Inaugural Bible. Since 1770, the Bible has belonged to St. John's Lodge No. 1 in New York City and the Foundation was created to help restore this artifact so that new generations of visitors can view it.

Mission: The St. John’s Lodge No. 1 Foundation, Inc. is a corporation formed as a 501c3 under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes to aid and assist in the maintenance, preservation, and care of the George Washington Inaugural Bible as owned by St. John’s Lodge No. 1 A.Y.M. of New York and facilitating its display to the public, to promote the history of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 AYM and promote historical education.

George Washington Bible at New York Historical Society ‘Meet the Presidents’ exhibition
02/29/2020

George Washington Bible at New York Historical Society ‘Meet the Presidents’ exhibition

New York Historical Society opened a new exhibition dedicated to Presidential History. George Washington Bible is the gu...
02/29/2020
New-York Historical Society | Meet the Presidents

New York Historical Society opened a new exhibition dedicated to Presidential History. George Washington Bible is the guest of honor at this major event.

https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/meet-presidents

A special permanent gallery on New-York Historical’s fourth floor features a detailed re-creation of the White House Oval Office, where presidents have exercised their powers, duties, and responsibilities since 1909. Visitors to New-York Historical can explore the Oval Office, hear audio recording...

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08/17/2019

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07/07/2019
07/07/2019
St. John’s Lodge No. 1 Foundation Present at Grand Lodge of New York Convention with replica George Washington Bibles at...
07/07/2019

St. John’s Lodge No. 1 Foundation Present at Grand Lodge of New York Convention with replica George Washington Bibles at display

07/07/2019
New souvenir items from St. John’s Lodge No. 1 Foundation including the pin and coffee mug with the Foundation Logo. For...
07/07/2019

New souvenir items from St. John’s Lodge No. 1 Foundation including the pin and coffee mug with the Foundation Logo.

For donations to obtain these souvenir items please contact “[email protected]

230th Anniversary of George Washington Inauguration as the First President of the United StatesCelebrated at Federal Hal...
07/07/2019

230th Anniversary of George Washington Inauguration as the First President of the United States
Celebrated at Federal Hall New York (original place) on April 30,2019

Every year “Re-enactment of George Washington Presidential Inauguration” takes place at Federal Hall New York on April 3...
07/07/2019

Every year “Re-enactment of George Washington Presidential Inauguration” takes place at Federal Hall New York on April 30th.

HISTORY
02/04/2018

HISTORY

On #ThisDayInHistory in 1789, George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War is unanimously elected the first president of the United States.

We are pleased to announce that the George Washington Inaugural Bible will be on display at The Smithsonian's National M...
06/28/2017

We are pleased to announce that the George Washington Inaugural Bible will be on display at The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History beginning June 28, 2017 until June 2018 as part of their "Religion in Early America" exhibit and events.

We hope that this allows millions of more American's to discover an artifact important to American history. National Museum of American History St John's Lodge No 1 Foundation, Inc

A formal invite in our records from Lodge No. 2 A.Y.M of Philadelphia, PA to us for the dedication of the new (and curre...
03/18/2017

A formal invite in our records from Lodge No. 2 A.Y.M of Philadelphia, PA to us for the dedication of the new (and current) Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania building. We brought the George Washington Inaugural Bible with us, thus adding another chapter to its unique heritage.

St. John's No. 1 leading the way under the Washington Arch with other Masonic Orders during the Centennial Parade of Was...
03/12/2017

St. John's No. 1 leading the way under the Washington Arch with other Masonic Orders during the Centennial Parade of Washington's Inauguration in 1889.

Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office shortly after his Inauguration with a replica copy of the George Washington Inau...
03/04/2017

Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Oval Office shortly after his Inauguration with a replica copy of the George Washington Inaugural Bible along with St. John's Lodge members and their wives.

Donors to the Foundation receive an exact copy with every $50 donation they make at www.gwbible.org

A photo of our minutes from 1964 requesting the use of the George Washington Inaugural Bible at the Masonic Center creat...
02/25/2017

A photo of our minutes from 1964 requesting the use of the George Washington Inaugural Bible at the Masonic Center created for the 1964-1965 World's Fair held in Flushing Meadows Queens along with instructions on keeping it away from any candles or lights that would cause damage to it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_New_York_World's_Fair

A view from the top of the George Washington Masonic Memorial and a statue of George Washington in regalia while down in...
02/05/2017

A view from the top of the George Washington Masonic Memorial and a statue of George Washington in regalia while down in Washington, D.C. picking up the GWIB from the National Archives.

Given that it's the week of the Presidential Inauguration we thought we would showcase a few of our replica Bible's that...
01/22/2017

Given that it's the week of the Presidential Inauguration we thought we would showcase a few of our replica Bible's that are signed. One copy stays with them for their records and one comes back to us. From top to bottom, left to right : Jimmy Carter, King Edward VIII, George H. W. Bush, & Dwight Eisenhower.

www.gwbible.orgThe new St. John's Lodge No. 1 Foundation website is now up and  fully running.  Thank you for your patie...
01/15/2017

www.gwbible.org

The new St. John's Lodge No. 1 Foundation website is now up and fully running. Thank you for your patience as we set this up to have a more flexible platform to showcase lots of content. Replica Bibles, which are exact copies of the original but smaller in size, can be ordered for you and your Lodge directly through the website and provided in exchange for a tax deductible donation. They are the perfect size for Master Mason mini-Bibles.

The George Washington Inaugural Bible is now on display at the National Archives Building in Washington DC (immediately ...
01/07/2017

The George Washington Inaugural Bible is now on display at the National Archives Building in Washington DC (immediately to the right of the rotunda) for the next three weeks. Please visit https://www.archives.gov/ for more information.

Many Presidents have taken their Oath of Office on the George Washington Inaugural Bible, including our very first.  It ...
12/10/2016

Many Presidents have taken their Oath of Office on the George Washington Inaugural Bible, including our very first. It is an honor and privilege to be the custodians of this important book. George H.W. Bush used the Bible at his inauguration and it was requested by his son George W. Bush. There was a chance of inclement weather during his first inauguration so although the Bible was present he opted not to use it. Here it is, though, at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. with President Bush and the First Lady, Laura, taking a look at it on the page that both his father and President Washington used for their oaths.

The George Washington Inaugural Bible getting ready for use in the Third Degree for St. John's Lodge. It has been a Lodg...
12/04/2016

The George Washington Inaugural Bible getting ready for use in the Third Degree for St. John's Lodge. It has been a Lodge tradition to use the Bible specifically for the Third Degree for many years. The Bible was originally the Lodge's altar Bible starting in 1770 after the original building they met in burned down in a large scale fire in Lower Manhattan that year.

Great segment from CBS and correspondent Mo Rocca in case you missed it a few years ago about the Bible and the first in...
07/31/2016
The very first inauguration

Great segment from CBS and correspondent Mo Rocca in case you missed it a few years ago about the Bible and the first inauguration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOA1oagp1-Y

Mo Rocca reports on the very first presidential inauguration ceremony held for George Washington, and how it set precedents that last to this day.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July from the Directors of the SJ1 Foundation.
07/04/2016

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July from the Directors of the SJ1 Foundation.

Given the recent hype and success around the Broadway musical "Hamilton" we thought we would share a priceless piece of ...
04/17/2016

Given the recent hype and success around the Broadway musical "Hamilton" we thought we would share a priceless piece of memorabilia from the St. John's Lodge archives. This is a letter dated January 12th, 1825 that recommends investigating Col. Alexander Hamilton, the son of Gen. Alexander Hamilton, for membership. It is interesting to note that they refer to Alexander Hamilton as a General and "Lawyer of Standing in this City." Hamilton was many things, including a Major General in 1798 and a lawyer in 1782 after a short period of apprenticeship. He is most widely known as being a founder of the Federalist party and the creator of the modern Treasury system.

Alexander Hamilton, Jr. was a noted citizen in his own right. He graduated from Columbia University and later became a lawyer. He fought in the British Army and then, returning to America, served as an infantry captain for the US Army in the War of 1812. He was a member of the NY State Assembly and also represented Eliza Jumel while she was divorcing her husband at the time - Aaron Burr.

The St. John's Lodge No. 1 Foundation helps restore priceless documents such as these in the hopes of making them available for public consumption, in addition to our work in saving and preserving the Washington Inaugural Bible. #hamilton

On July 4, 1848 members of St. John's Lodge No. 1 brought the George Washington Inaugural Bible to the cornerstone layin...
04/02/2016

On July 4, 1848 members of St. John's Lodge No. 1 brought the George Washington Inaugural Bible to the cornerstone laying of the Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C. The following dedication was given: "No more Washington's shall come in our time ... But his virtues are stamped on the heart of mankind. He who is great in the battlefield looks upward to the generalship of Washington. He who grows wise in counsel feels that he is imitating Washington. He who can resign power against the wishes of a people, has in his eye the bright example of Washington."

The Memorial took until 1885 until it was completed and when finished was the tallest building in the world.

The George Washington Inaugural Bible is currently in Topeka, Kansas thought Sunday at the Grand Lodge of Kansas.
03/18/2016

The George Washington Inaugural Bible is currently in Topeka, Kansas thought Sunday at the Grand Lodge of Kansas.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower used the George Washington Inaugural Bible for his swearing in on January 20, 1953.  The ...
03/08/2016

President Dwight D. Eisenhower used the George Washington Inaugural Bible for his swearing in on January 20, 1953. The Bible was used as was his own personal 'West Point' Bible. A delegation from St. John's Lodge traveled to Washington and met with President Eisenhower in the Oval Office (we cannot tell from the picture but we are assuming it was after the swearing in).

In this photo to the immediate left of Eisenhower and Justice Vinson was fellow President and Past Grand Master of Missouri Harry Truman.

Eisenhower broke with custom by reciting his own improvised prayer instead of kissing the Bible: "My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads. Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen."

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