cLoSeS September 27, 2014

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library | Summer 2014  


DataCommon tool. If you are a lay 
historian, a data fan, a map enthusiast 
or just fascinated by the power  
of visualizations, this workshop is 
for you. It is part of a series related 
to the Museum & Library’s collec-
tion of historic maps, and is spon-
sored by the Ruby W. and LaVon  
P. Linn Foundation. Free.  

Space is limited; registration is  
required by November 5. Contact:


Saturday, December 13

10 Am to 4:30 Pm

Sunday, December 14

NooN to 4 Pm

Model trains

An annual favorite, the HUB  
Division of the National Railroad 
Association will delight fans large 
and small with their model train 
display. $5/family (members);  
$7/family (non-members). 

sovereign Grand Commander’s Chair,  

1920–1939. unidentified maker, united 

states. Gift of the supreme Council, 33°,  

ancient accepted scottish rite, northern 

masonic Jurisdiction, u.s.a., 2010.042.32. 

Photograph by David bohl.



Sublime Brotherhood: Two 
Hundred Years of Scottish 
Rite Freemasonry in the 
Northern Masonic Juris-

diction” is our exhibition celebrating 
the 200th anniversary of the fraternity, 
and it’s coming to an end. More than 
100 objects and images on view ranging 
from decorative arts and paintings to 
stage costumes and folk art take you 
back through time to learn about the 
people who and events that shaped 
the Scottish Rite’s Northern Masonic 
Jurisdiction. For example, this chair 
was used by the Sovereign Grand 
Commander beginning in 1939 as he 
presided at annual meetings. For many 
years, it formed part of the furnishings 
of Boston’s Hotel Touraine. In 1939, 
the hotel’s manager presented the chair 
to the Supreme Council after it had 
been “renovated, re-upholstered” and 
the Sovereign Grand Commander’s 
insignia added to the back. The exhi-
bition also explores the fraternity’s 
central values, and its many contri-
butions to the communities it serves.  
 The show is set to close on Septem-
ber 27, 2014. Add it to your summer 

LasT CHanCe! 

A Sublime brotherhood: 

Two Hundred Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry  

in the Northern masonic Jurisdiction

Prized Relics 

continued from page 4

her marriage to Stephen William Little 
of Newburyport in 1820. Even when 
this quilt was worn out, fell out of 
fashion, or was no longer used, family 
members valued fragments of it as a 
tangible reminder of two families 
coming together in marriage. 
 Another domestic relic on view is a 
pair of child’s moccasins. Mary Abbott 
Thompson procured them from per-
former, storyteller and relic dealer, 

Frank “Big Thunder” Loring. Loring, 
a Penobscot, lived in Old Town, Maine, 
not far from Thompson’s home.   
 The shoes were given to her cous-
in, Dorothy Skinner, along with a let-
ter explaining their history. Thompson 
and Skinner both valued and pre-
served the shoes for their connection 
with Loring and the Native American 
culture he embodied. These shoes, like 
other objects in the exhibition explore 
relics and historic souvenirs Americans 
held dear and some of the reasons 
why they were valued.

itinerary! See our calendar listings  
for the dates of summer gallery talks 
in the exhibition. We look forward  
to seeing you.