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“J.C. Penney” lodges

June 29, 2022

Have you heard the term “J.C. Penney Lodge”? I hadn’t until I started work at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in 2016. Of course, this raised questions for me: is it a Lodge composed of J.C. Penney employees? Or is

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A not-too-common type of Certificate

September 1, 2020

As with any organization, Masonic Lodges generate paperwork. There are meeting notices, meeting minutes, installation programs, certificates, and so on. Regarding certificates, just a few types are: those for new members, awards, years of membership, demits, and possibly more. As

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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 taking inventory of the Nelson Library, there are many, many copies and versions of the Holy Bible to be found. They are small and large, in good and not-so-good condition, Masonic and non-Masonic style. By definition, a Masonic bible

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Moving the Masters

March 22, 2020

Many of you have had occasion to visit the Grand Lodge office. You may remember that the photographs of PGMs lined both sides of the hallway of the Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) offices, and were spilling around the corner. No

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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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