Harding(1813-41).ThedaughterofAlpheus
Harding(1780-1869),oneofthemembersofthe
chapter,Marthaprobablydrewtheillustrationsin
thebookpriortohermarriagein1838.Last
summer,wesharedathirdblogposttoannouncethe
acquisitionofamarkmedaloriginallyownedby
anothermemberoftheKingHiramRoyalArch
Chapter.Thesilvermedal,whichbelongedto
EzekielBascom(1777-1841),hashispersonalmark
engravedononeside.Thismarkcomparescloselyto
Bascom’smarkinthemarkbook.

A

nd,lastSeptember,weextendedthestoryone
moretimebywritingapostabout

much-neededconservationtreatmentforthebook.
Thebindinghaddetachedandthepageswere
comingloose.Themarkbookisreceiving
conservationtreatment;acleaningitspages,and
repairingitsbinding,sothatwecancontinueto
learnfromitintheyearstocome.

Atthemuseum,wecollectobjectsthattellthe

storyofAmericanFreemasonryandfraternalism,
andhowfraternalismrelatestoAmericanhistory.
Wereceiveseveralcallsandemailseachmonthfrom
prospectivedonorswhothinkwemighthavean
interestinsomethingthey’vediscovered,orthathas
beenpasseddownintheirfamily.Wehavesome
basiccriteriathatweusetoconsiderthesegifts.The
objectmustbeingoodcondition.Wealsolookto
strengthenourcollectionbyaddingartifactsnot
alreadyrepresented;weusuallytrytoavoidcollecting
duplicatesortriplicates.And,wearealways

interestedinobjectsthathaveastorytotell—is
therespecialinformationaboutthepersonwho
originallymadeorownedthepiece?Doesthe
prospectivedonorhavephotographsoftheoriginal
ownerusingtheobject?Diditgetusedataspecial
placeortime?

W

hilewedrawfromourcollectionconstantly
forgalleryexhibitionsandvarious

publicationsorlectures,wealsofeatureaselectionof
recentacquisitionsinthemuseumlobby,whichis
rotatedtwiceeachyear.InlateSeptember,weput
togetherthemostrecentselection.Oneoftheitems
featuredisaminiaturecopperfoodmoldusedto
createcolorfuljellies.Thismold,oneofthreethat
werebequeathedtothemuseumin2009byHarriet
G.Ward,hasastar-shapedbodywithafamiliar
squareandcompassessymbolontop.Althoughwe
don’tknowwhooriginallyusedthisitem,itseems
likelythatitwasusedatlodgeeventsorinthehome
ofaMason.

Finally,havingcoverednewinitiativesonsitein

Lexington,aswellasincyberspace,wearepleasedto
announceaseriesofplannedtripstofourNorthern
MasonicJurisdictionstatesduringthecomingspring
andsummer(placesanddatestobeannounced).
Museumstaffwillspeakinpersonaboutthe
museum’scollection,aswellasitsmanyexciting
exhibitions,programsandservices.Duringthe2009
AnnualMeeting,visitorstothemuseumcouldbe
heardexclaimingovertheexhibitions,thelibraryand
archives,thecollection,thegiftshopandother
buildingfeatures.“Ihadnoideahowmuchishere,”
wasafrequentcomment.Wehopetohearthatfrom
manymorevoicesaswebringasmallpieceofthe
museumtoyou.

TheNorthernLight

/February2010

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Masonic Food Mold, early 1900s, probably American.

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, gift of the

estate of Harriet G. Ward.  

Masonic Mark Medal, 1816, probably Boston, MA. Scottish Rite Masonic
Museum and Library, acquired through the generosity of the Kane
Lodge Foundation, Cogswell Beneficial Trust and William W. Lewis.