From the Director


his fall season we open, “Keeping Time: Clockmakers and 

Collectors,” a new exhibition showcasing clocks from our 
rich holdings. Our last exhibition featuring some of these 
objects was over seven years ago. We are pleased to present 
a part of our collection that has long been popular with 
visitors. It is a show we hope appeals to a wide array of 
audiences from collectors, to history enthusiasts, to lovers  
of decorative arts.  
  Our lecture series, “The U.S. Home Front during  
World War I: Duty, Sacrifice, and Obligation” has been 
well received and has enjoyed great attendance. We have 
two more lectures and a workshop scheduled. We hope  

you will join us for these final three programs in the series, the details of which you 
can find on pages 6–7.  
 Members of our staff have traveled to Europe this year to present academic papers 
on topics in Freemasonry and fraternalism, as well as to speak about the museum in 
general. Travels have taken them to Paris, Germany, and London. You can read about 
their appearances in this newsletter.  
 Promoting our collections, exhibitions and programs through digitization efforts 
and outreach on social media is growing fast. In this issue you will find all the ways 
you can stay connected. Our effort on the photo-sharing site Flickr, features curated 
albums of objects from our collection. Our newest albums include selections of  
tintypes and objects related to African American Freemasonry and fraternalism,  
reflecting the variety and scope of the collection. See page 9 for details. 
 We have also been at work producing a number of behind-the-scenes videos  
that we make available to you on our website and on YouTube. Check them out   
to learn more about staff, and all we have to offer. 
 We hope to see you in the museum this fall.  

 Richard V. Travis, 33º–

Executive Director

on the cover


Detail, Tall Case Clock, 1766–1771. Benjamin Willard (1743–1803), Lexington, Massachusetts. Gift of Robert 

T. Dann in Memory of Dr. James R. and Constance D. Gallagher, 98.028a-g. Photograph by David Bohl.

This past May, Aimee E. Newell, Director of Collections, and Hilary Anderson 
Stelling, Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development, travelled to Paris  
to attend the World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History held  
at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.  
  Before the conference, Newell participated in a workshop with other 
scholars and museum and archives professionals to discuss the Francken 
Manuscript, a 1783 copy of which is held in the Van Gorden-Williams Library 
& Archives.  At the conference Newell presented a paper entitled “American 
Female Makers of Masonic and Fraternal Regalia,” based, in part, on findings 
uncovered for her recent publication The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic 
Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. 
Stelling shared 
her research in a paper called “Commanding Elegance: The Decoration and 
Furnishing of Masonic Lodges in New England, 1790-1830,” drawn from 
research undertaken for the exhibition “‘Every Variety of Paintings for Lodges’:  
Decorated Furniture, Paintings and Ritual Objects from the Collection.” 

museum Staff at the World conference  

on Fraternalism, Freemasonry and history

Fall 2015 

Richard V. Travis, 33°  

Executive Director


linda Patch, Editor
David Gerratt,  



Jeff Croteau 

Manager of Library and Archives
aimee E. newell, Ph.D. 

Director of Collections
Hilary anderson stelling 

Director of Exhibitions  
and Audience Development

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