becameillin1825,hetraveledhometoPetersham,
dyingtherefourdaysafterhisreturn.

Theboxispaintedonitstop,frontandsidesand

probablydatestothe1810s.Thetopshowsan
all-seeingeyeinbetweenapairofcolumns.The
frontshowsacheckeredpavementflankedbyasun
andamoon.Thesidesincludeadeltawitha“G”in
thecenterandcloudswithasquareandcompasses
symbol.ThoughtheboxisnotsignedbyNegus,the
symbolsresemblethoseonapaintedMasonicapron
(nowinthemuseum’scollection)thatNegusdidsign
in1817.TheNeguspaintedboxwaspurchasedfor
thecollectionin2008throughthesupportofthe
SpecialProjectsFundoftheSupremeCouncil,33º,
AncientAcceptedScottishRite,NorthernMasonic
Jurisdiction.

Thenewcollectionsinterfaceallowswebvisitors

tosearchtheobjectrecordsforspecificnames,dates,
descriptivetermsandmore.Eachrecordhasa
photographoftheobject,alongwithabrief
descriptionandbasicinformationaboutitsorigin,if
known.Wehopethataddingtheserecordstoour
websitewillfostercomparisonofMasonicand
fraternalobjectstoeachotherandtonon-fraternal
objects,fillinginourunderstandingofthe
intersectionsbetweenFreemasonryandfamilyand
communitylifeintheUnitedStates.Museumstaff
plantocontinuetoaddadditionalrecordsasoftenas
possible.Futuregroupswillincludeselectionsfrom
theGrandLodgeofMasonsinMassachusetts
collection,Masonicandfraternalaprons,printsand

photographs,andmoretreasuresfromthearchives.

Accesstoouronlineobjectdatabaseisprovided

throughthenewMasonichistoryresourcesportalon
themuseum’swebsite.Theportalisasectionofour
websitethatisdirectedtoallwhowanttolearn
moreaboutFreemasonryandfraternalism.In
additiontothecollectionobjects,visitorstothe
portalaretreatedtoawealthofinformation,which
willonlygrowinthecomingyears.Themuseum’s
popularbrochure,“CaringforYourMasonic
Treasures,”isavailablehere,asistherecentshort
historyofthemuseum,originallypublishedasThe
ShortTalkBulletin
forApril2009.Alinktoourblog
makesreadingconvenient,aswellasmakingiteasy
forinterestedwebvisitorstosignuptohavetheblog
deliveredviaemail.

T

heMasonicHistoryResourcesportalalso
featuresoneofthemuseum’sbest-known

treasures—thestainedglasswindowinthelobby.
Webvisitorscanlookatapictureofthewindowand
clickonthevarioussymbolstolearnmoreabout
them,whattheyare,andwhattheystandfor.
CraftedbynotedstainedglassartistDr.RudolphR.
Sandon(1916-92),ofPainesville,OH,thewindow
wasagifttothemuseumin1975fromtheScottish
RiteValleyofDanville,IL.Thesymbolsonthe
windowincludeAmerican,MasonicandScottish
Riteemblems.Forexample,thelampofknowledge
isshownontopofanopenBible,whichreminds
MasonsofthedivinewillofGod.Symbolsforthe
ScottishRiteLodgeofPerfection,Princesof

TheNorthernLight

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StainedGlass
Window,1975,
Dr.RudolphR.
Sandon
(1916-92),
Painesville,OH.
ScottishRite
Masonic
Museumand
Library,giftof
theValleyof
Danville,IL.
Photographby
DavidBohl.