The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania is sponsoring an art contest for amateur or professional artists, 18 and older, to submit original entries displaying a visual interpretation of Masonic Values pertaining to Freemasonry in Pennsylvania. Categories include oil, three-dimensional, drawing and print-making, water-based medium and digital imagery.
Nebraska Grand Master Robert W. Moninger has asked the Masonic Service Association to issue a Disaster Relief Appeal. Nebraska has experienced historic flooding in the eastern part of the state and devastating blizzards in central and western Nebraska with major loss of farm and ranching assets and income.
Bro. Ken Hudson, Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, often wears a T-shirt which reads on the back: “Hazmat Technician. If you see me running, run the other way.” This may be true at the scene of an accident or spill, but people are more likely to flock to Ken and his big heart.
After 30 years with the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, Dr. Glenys A. Waldman, Librarian, is retiring this year. Dr. Waldman, the first female and first professionally-trained librarian at the Masonic Library, was the last to hold the title of Librarian and Curator, 2000-2005. As the curatorial responsibilities of the Museum became more complex, she became Librarian in 2005, [...]
Brother Thomas W. Jackson has traveled to all 50 states and Canadian provinces and met Masonic leaders and presidents around the world in the name of Freemasonry. He’s received numerous honors and awards for his contributions as a mediator and advisor. But this summer, at age 82, he experienced a first: his likeness on a Brazilian stamp. “I’ve been to [...]
Charity is a universal characteristic of Masonry. It has been said that “the Masonic Way is to give without remembering and to receive without forgetting.” Shortly after 1717, when Lodges were still associations of stoneworkers and masons, the cessation of cathedral building and the expansion of overseas trade lessened the importance of the masons’ companies, and they had to change [...]
Need a gift for someone who has everything? Try something new this year. Purchase gifts for children in need and aging adults through these Giving Catalogs, which will benefit Masonic Villages and the Masonic Children’s Home. For as little as $10, you can make the holidays a little brighter for someone in need! Plus, purchase a gift in honor [...]
Pictured above: Brother Brian Seeger, contractor, marks the outline for the new house’s foundation. After SGT Frank Miller’s home was completely demolished by fire, Brother Joe Shubert, Shekinah-Fernwood Lodge No. 246, Philadelphia, was able to get the insurance company to significantly increase its original settlement offer. Brother P.J. Roup, P.D.D.G.M.-54, enlisted the assistance of Brother Brian Seeger, Ellwood-Parian Lodge No. [...]
SGT Frank Miller and his family. Around 4 a.m. on April 2, Pennsylvania Army National Guardsman SGT Frank Miller awoke to a smoke-filled house. Within minutes, the living room where he and his 6-year-old daughter Sophia had been sleeping, was engulfed in flames. SGT Miller raced his daughter to safety in the front yard, then returned to the [...]
Brother Jose Concepcion, Lodge No. 408, Meadville, was born and raised in inner city Philadelphia, surrounded by gangs, drugs, crime and frequent shootings. “The stuff they show in action movies is a fairy tale compared to what I saw and have been through. There really weren’t any positive role models besides my family,” he said. Brother Jose has always loved [...]