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•  Fall 2014 | Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

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tarting on Saturday, November 
22, the Scottish Rite Masonic 
Museum & Library will open 
a new exhibition,  

“‘Every Variety of Painting for Lodges’: 
Decorated Furniture, Paintings and 
Ritual Objects from the Collection.” 
This exhibition draws on one of the 
strengths of the collection, Masonic 
decorative arts created in the 1800s. 
 Featuring over fifty different paint-
ings, watercolor sketches and illus-

“Every Variety of Painting  

for Lodges”:

DECoRaTED FuRniTuRE, PainTinGs anD RiTual obJECTs  

FRoM THE CollECTion, oPEns noVEMbER 22, 2014

now on view

Tracing board, 1863. Massachusetts.  Gift of Trinity lodge, a.F. & 

a.M., Clinton, Massachusetts, 97.007.1. Photograph by David bohl.

Captain aaron bird, 1804. benjamin Greenleaf (1769-1821), Maine or 

Massachusetts. Museum Purchase, 98.064.1. Photograph by David bohl.

trated archival material—as well as 
painted Masonic aprons and decorated 
furniture—this exhibition explores 
the ways Masons have expressed their 
involvement with the fraternity. The 
first section of the exhibition looks  
at some of the kinds of paintings  
and decorated furniture craftsmen 
produced for Masonic lodges in the 
1800s and will feature ritual objects, 
painted furniture and tracing boards, 
including a tracing board made for 

Trinity Lodge in Clinton, Massachu-
setts in 1863. Brothers used this trac-
ing board to instruct new members 
about different Masonic symbols’ 
meaning and uses. Lodge records 
show that in 1863 members decided 
to procure a new tracing board and 
appointed a committee to undertake 
the task. Committee member Levi 
Green commissioned this tracing 
board and presented it to the lodge. 
Like many of the artists who created