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ur new exhibition, “‘Every Variety of Painting 
for Lodges’: Decorated Furniture, Paintings 
and Ritual Objects from the Collection,” looks 
spectacular. The show allows Masons and the 

public alike to explore not only paintings, but a wide range 
of objects from our collection including lodge furniture, 
Masonic aprons, illustrated books, portraits, and tracing 
boards. What I find interesting about the show is the many 
ways artists and Masons themselves used art to express 
their deep connection to the Craft in unique and visually-
arresting ways. 
 As I toured the exhibition, I was intrigued by a number 

of objects. Columns used by the Royal Arch Chapter of Clarinda, Iowa, are a recent 
Museum purchase. The scale of the arch—about 10 feet tall—is particularly impres-
sive. Painted strikingly in gold, it surely added a grand touch to proceedings  
in the meeting room. A 1796 tracing board from Union Lodge in Dorchester, Massa-
chusetts, demonstrates the work of a skilled painter employing his craft in service to 
the fraternity. In fact, many artisans served the Masonic community as a way to earn 
a living, and the exhibition introduces you to a number of these craftsmen. It truly   
is an enjoyable experience to spend time with these fascinating objects from our  
collection. 
 Beginning in March 2015, we are presenting an outstanding series of lectures  
commemorating the centenary of World War I. This momentous conflict changed our 
world in ways that still reverberate today. Our series, “The U.S. Home Front during 
World War I: Duty, Sacrifice, and Obligation,” focuses on the war’s impact on our 
communities and our citizens. Scholars from across the country will be joining us in 
what is sure to be a deep and moving exploration of what the Great War was like  
for many in our country. You can read about the specific lecture topics on page 3.  
 Our popular model train shows are back in December and February. Gallery talks 
and workshops are regularly offered. There’s always something to see and do here  
at the Museum & Library. We hope one of our current exhibitions or one of our  
programs entices you to visit. If you can’t get here, be sure to check out our series  
of videos posted on our website and on our YouTube channel designed to introduce 
you to our offerings, our collection, and our staff. 

 Richard V. Travis, 33º–

Executive Director

From the Director

Fall 2014 

Richard V. Travis, 33°  

Executive Director

sTaFF

linda Patch, Editor
David Gerratt,  

Designer, NonprofitDesign.com

ConTRibuToRs

Jeff Croteau 

Manager of Library and Archives
Polly Kienle 

Public Programs Coordinator
aimee E. newell, Ph.D. 

Director of Collections
Hilary anderson stelling 

Director of Exhibitions  
and Audience Development

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The American Ship Molocka in the 
North Sea off Helgaland
, 1860. Carl 
Fedeler (1837-1897), Bremerhaven, 
Germany.  Scottish Rite Masonic  
Museum & Library, Museum Purchase 
and through the Generosity of an 
Anonymous Donor, 97.048.   
Photograph by David Bohl.

Scottish Rite Masonic 

Museum & Library, Inc.

Starting in 2008, photographer Alison Malone embarked on a project of taking portraits of girls who 
belong to the fraternal group Job’s Daughters in different states across the country. Aged between  
10 and 20, girls who belong to this youth organization are related to Master Masons. Malone was 
drawn to this subject because she was a member of Job’s Daughters in the early 1990s. As Malone 
explains about having belonged to Job’s Daughters, “I found the experience to be intense as a child,  
yet increasingly fascinating to consider as an adult.”
 Malone’s photographs depict girls dressed in different officers’ regalia associated with and preparing  
for ritual.  Malone also explores some of the rooms where members of Job’s Daughters meet and the 
physical spaces members create to perform ritual. With her photographs, Malone offers an insider’s 
view into a modern Masonic youth organization. Beginning December 13, 2014, a selection of 
Malone’s photographs will be presented at the Museum.  

the Daughters of Job:  Photographs by Alison malone

opeNs December 13, 2014

Recorder, age 13,  

Pennsylvania, 2008.   

Photograph by Alison Malone