s our handsome grounds come to life, the  
verdant 22 acres that surround the Museum 
provide reason enough to visit. A picnic in  
the sunshine or a stroll through the campus   

is a great way to cap an afternoon visit here with us.  
We hope our upcoming programs and exhibitions  
will entice you to visit.  
  This new season brings a number of new events and 
exhibitions. “Threads of Brotherhood: Masonic Quilts 
and Textiles” uses an outstanding part of our collection  
to tell the story of shared community and values. The 
beautiful heirlooms on view give us a look into generations 

of families who identified with Freemasonry and its teachings. The quilts, coverlets, 
and needlework are compelling for their beauty and their craftsmanship, yet they 
also present an historical narrative that is unique to Masonry and to our country.  
 The Museum is offering a Civil War lecture series on occasion of the 150th  
anniversary of this divisive conflict. The series is designed to explore the history of 
the war, and its meaning for our nation today. It also relates to Museum’s mission  
of fostering an appreciation of American history, patriotism and Freemasonry, and  
reflects current research. We are grateful to Ruby W. Linn for making these free  
lectures possible.  
 The Massachusetts Patriot’s Day holiday is always a lively occasion in the town  
of Lexington and a great time to visit. Our historic Lexington Alarm letter, one of 
the gems in our collection, will be on view in its annual display beginning April 11. 
On Saturday, April 14, we will offer a series of gallery talks in “Seeds of Liberty,” 
our exhibition on the American Revolution, as well as family activities on the  
holiday. The date and time of each event is detailed in this newsletter.  
 Our symposium to be held in April—Perspectives on American Freemasonry  
and Fraternalism—will explore different views and perspectives on the stories of our 
nation, as scholars from Europe and the United States trace the influence of fraternal 
groups on American culture, past and present. Our work at the Museum remains 
vibrant. We hope you visit soon and take part in all we have to offer. 

 Richard V. Travis, 33º 


Executive Director

From the Director

    Spring/Summer 2012 

richard V. Travis, 33°  

Executive Director


Linda patch, Editor
David gerratt,  

Designer, NonprofitDesign.com


Hilary anderson Stelling 

Director of Exhibitions  
and Audience Development
polly Kienle 

Public Programs Coordinator
Jeff Croteau 

Manager of Library and Archives
aimee e. newell, ph.D. 

Director of Collections
Catherine Swanson 


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  Spring/Summer 2012 | Scottish rite masonic museum & library

On the cOver


masonic Quilt, 1880–1920.  

probably ohio. Scottish rite masonic 

museum and library, museum 

purchase, 2002.008.    

photograph by David Bohl.

New to the collection!

The museum recently purchased this bowl,  
which shows famous Freemason Benjamin 
Franklin (1706-1790), for the collection. it is  
currently on view in our lobby with a selection  
of recent acquisitions. After becoming a   
Freemason in philadelphia in 1731, Benjamin  
Franklin was active in the fraternity for more   
than fifty years. The image of Franklin in his   
fur cap is copied from a portrait done while   
he was in paris in the 1770s.  

bowl, 1796–1800, Liverpool, england,  

museum purchase through the generosity 

of Stanley n. Howard Sr., roland b. 

greenley, m.r. Langdell, and the Harvey 

Leggee Collection of Shrine and fraternal 

material, 2010.052. 

 PhotogrAPh by DAviD bohL.

Scottish Rite 

Masonic Museum 

& Library, Inc.