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10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument


The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its 230th birthday this Saturday. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution. The Washington Monument has endured after its rather lengthy planning process, and it recently survived a major challenge: a three-year hiatus after an earthquake hit the Washing, D.C. area. In May 2014, almost three years after it closed after a 5.8 magnitude struck on August, 22, 2011, the obelisk reopened. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, philanthropist David ... Read More »

Old Town Bandon building recognized in Register of Historic Places

Old Town Bandon building recognized in Register of Historic Places

Following hours of paperwork and two days of deliberation, the Masonic Temple is Registry’s latest addition. It took four months to complete the application to become nationally recognized, but those behind the project tell say it was well worth the effort. “A lot of folks really wanted to see this happen for quite a long time and to finally get there, I think that’s the ultimate reward,” said Hary Schubothe of Greater Bandon. It’s been recognized for two major qualifications — the prominent architect who built it and the material used to build it. “A gentleman named Benjamin Ossland … ... Read More »

278th Annual Communication – April 23-24, 2015 – Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina


The 278th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina will be held April 23rd and 24th, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport Convention Center located at 5055 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418. The Religious Service will commence at 9:00 AM conducted by The Reverend Jerry L. Phillips, Grand Chaplain. The Grand Lodge will be officially opened at 10:00 AM by the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother David J. DeChant, Sr. assisted by the other Grand Lodge Officers and Brethren. The Annual Banquet will be held Thursday night, April 23, 2015, at 7:00 ... Read More »

Bay City’s Joppa Lodge Masons purchase former Whistling Idiots Theatre for $115,000

Bay City's Joppa Lodge Masons purchase former Whistling Idiots Theatre for $115,0002

BAY CITY, MI — After 122 years, one of Bay City’s oldest fraternities has a new home. On Friday, Jan. 30, officials from the Joppa Lodge No. 315 of the Free and Accepted Order of Masons closed on the purchase of the former Whistling Idiots Theatre after more than a century of meeting at Bay City’s historic Masonic Temple. Next month, the Masons plan to host their first meeting inside the 5,000-square-foot theater, 701 N. Van Buren St., and begin settling in. “It’s an exciting time for our group,” said Don Baker, treasurer of the Masons. “We’ve been looking for a ... Read More »

Local Prince Hall Masonic lodge settles into new home

Local Masonic lodge settles into new home

Following a long history along the Rappahannock River in downtown Fredericksburg, Prince Hall Lodge 61 of the Masons is now comfortably moved into its new home on Shannon Park Drive in Spotsylvania County. The lodge was chartered on Nov. 6, 1891, and is named for Prince Hall, who is widely considered to be the father of African–American Freemasonry in the United States. According to the lodge’s website, there have been 45 worshipful masters to date, and lodge membership consists of approximately 70 members from all walks of life—ministers, doctors teachers, politicians, tradesmen, military, government employees (federal, local, and state) and ... Read More »