On The cOveR


The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic 
Aprons from the Scottish rite Masonic 
Mueusm & Lirbrary.


he Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library 
opened to great acclaim 40 years ago, marking  
a new era in the interpretation, exhibition, and 
preservation of fraternal and American history. 

In a world that has changed greatly over the past four  
decades, so have we. In this issue of the newsletter we  
present an expanded section that looks back at our found-
ing and reflects on where we stand today. We outline our 
future  vision as we continue to uphold the ideals set forth 
by our Scottish Rite founders and supporters so many  
years ago. The coming years look bright. 
  We are also pleased to announce the publication of  

our new scholarly catalogue, The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the 
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
. The apron is the most universally recog-
nized symbol of a Free and Accepted Freemason. It not only serves as a tangible link 
to our heritage as working stone masons, but also connects us to fundamental tenets 
of our craft. 
 The book is authored by Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D, award-winning author and  
our Director of Collections. It is a work of outstanding scholarship that will raise  
the profile of the museum and the collection among Masons and scholars worldwide. 
Please take advantage of the pre-order discount we are offering to members and  
Scottish Rite Masons, and reserve your copy today. 
 We also bring you an engaging new lecture series, “The U.S. Home Front during 
World War I: Duty, Sacrifice, and Obligation.” The Great War was a global conflict 
that lasted from 1914-1918 and changed the world. Top scholars will not only bring 
to life Americans’ home front experience, but will also illustrate how that chapter   
in our history reverberates today. We hope you will join us. We thank the Ruby  
W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation for making the series possible. 
 The new exhibition in the Van Gorden-Williams Library takes a look at a century-
old tradition that the Masonic brotherhood has made its own. “Masonic Emblem 
Cards: Victorian Tradition in a Fraternal World” sheds light on an interesting piece  
of American and Masonic history through colorful calling cards exchanged by  
Masons and valued as souvenirs. We welcome new additions to this collection.  


If you have a Masonic business card see details on how to donate on page 7. 
 It has been a long winter here in New England. We wish you all a wonderful  
spring season with the promise of all good things to come. 

 Richard V. Travis, 33º–

Executive Director


spring 2015 

richard V. Travis, 33°  

Executive Director


Linda patch, Editor
David gerratt,  

Designer, NonprofitDesign.com


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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We are pleased to welcome Ymelda Rivera Laxton as Assistant Curator in the Collections  
Department and John Coelho as Archivist. Ymelda is working to digitize part of our collection in  
order to make it more accessible to members and visitors. Most recently, Laxton worked as the  
History Curator for a museum in Silicon Valley, where she developed exhibitions and programs;  
catalogued collections; and lectured.  Laxton received a B.A. in History from St. Mary’s University in 
San Antonio, TX, and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. 
 John Coelho has a Master of Science in Library & Information Science from Simmons College, 
Boston, MA, and an M.A. in History from Providence College, Providence, RI. He previously worked 
at the National Archives at Boston, Northeast Region, and at the College of the Holy Cross in 
Worcester, MA.  Said John, “I am greatly enjoying the experience here, and look forward to  
serving the Masonic community in the years to come.”

Museum & Library Welcomes Two new Staff Members

Ymelda rivera Laxton 

and John Coelho