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A not-too-common type of Certificate

September 1, 2020

As with any organization, Masonic Lodges generate paperwork. We have meeting notices, meeting minutes, installation programs, certificates, and so on. Regarding certificates, to name just a few types: we’ve got those for new members, awards, years of membership, demits, and

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Anderson’s Constitutions

July 1, 2020

Freemasons know about (or at least have heard of) the book of which the title page is pictured above. For those unfamiliar with some of the older type characters, the modern English script for the above says: The CONSTITUTIONS OF

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The Zarthan Lodge Bible

March 24, 2020

When doing an inventory of the Nelson Library, there are many, many copies and versions of the Holy Bible. They are small and large, in good and not-so-good condition, Masonic and non-Masonic style. By definition, a Masonic bible typically has

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The Temple of Solomon

December 31, 2019

The Temple of Solomon If you’ve been to the James B. Ladd Museum, you’ve no doubt seen the scale model in the farthest corner of the room…an artist’s rendition of Solomon’s Temple in ancient Jerusalem. It wouldn’t surprise me if you

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Exploring the Virginia Window

November 26, 2019

Without fail, when a first-time visitor to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center (MMHC) enters the Col. James B. Ladd Museum and Charles W. Nelson Library, they emit an “ooh,” “ahh,” or a gasp when they see the stained glass art

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Accessing the Charles W. Nelson Library

September 27, 2019

Most of the people reading this know that the Heritage Center has a library. It’s classified as a private, special or reference library. By definition, a special library is often limited to a few topics or subjects. It’s no surprise

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picture of fob

A Fabulous Masonic Find: Golden Globe and Cross Fob

May 9, 2019

Recently, Theresa Norman, our Museum Curator, came across an unusual find as she was cataloguing items that have been donated or gifted to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center over the years. It was a fob—an ornament attached to a watch

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