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1975–2015

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•  Spring 2015 | Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

“Sowing the Seeds of Liberty: Lexington and the 
American Revolution,” 2007. 

On View for You –  

Exhibitions and Public Programs

E

xhibitions give audiences the chance to see fine art, decorative objects, and 
historic documents, as well as to learn more about the history of Freemasonry 
in America. When the museum first opened to the public in 1975, staff worked 

with collectors and other institutions to create exhibitions like “Masonic Symbols   
in American Decorative Arts” to fulfill its mission. Over the years, the museum has 
borrowed many intriguing exhibitions from all over the nation to share with visitors, 
such as the recent favorites, “Treasured Lands: The Fifty-Eight U. S. National Parks  
in Focus” and “Return to Route 66.”  As the museum’s collection has grown, we  
have developed many exciting presentations drawing from that resource, including, 
“Sowing the Seeds of Liberty: Lexington and the American Revolution,” “Journeys  
and Discoveries:  The Stories Maps Tell” and “A Sublime Brotherhood: 200 Years of 
Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.” To date, the Museum 
has presented more than 280 exhibitions. This spring you can enjoy “Every Variety of 
Painting for Lodges” and look forward to selections from our clock collection that   
will be featured in a new gallery show later this year.

As highlighted in our current calendar (see pages 8–9), we also offer a variety of  
lectures, family programs and workshops of interest to scholars, students, and the 
general public. Some programs are tied thematically to exhibitions on view. Other  
programs, such as our current lecture series on World War I, mark important events 
in our nation’s history like the 100th anniversary of that conflict. 

“A Sublime Brotherhood,” on view at the museum in 
2013, explored the rich history of the Scottish Rite.

  

“Lunch Box Memories,” 2004, was a hit with 
visitors of all ages.

Recent Construction

T

he Museum and the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite embarked on a  
major construction project in 2012. The work speaks to an exciting new  
chapter in the history of both institutions. The Supreme Council and the  

Museum have combined forces and are now housed under one roof as of fall 2013.

The decision to renovate the Museum building in order to consolidate the operations 
of both organizations was arrived at after deep study. Both institutions are faced 
with shifting demographics within the fraternity and new fiscal realities. The  
consolidation helped secure the long-term financial health of the Scottish Rite  
and the Museum & Library, allowing both to do meaningful work for years to come. 

To date, the Museum 
has presented more than 
280 exhibitions.