labelattachedonthebackreading,

“MissRoseLippSocietyRegalias

Boston,Mass.”

RoseLippwasadealerandmanu-

facturerofMasonicregaliaworkingin

Bostonatleastuntilthemid-1920s.The

NationalHeritageMuseumhasanum-

berofregaliaitemswithherlabels.

Provincetown’sPilgrimMonument

haditscornerstonelayingonAugust

20,1907,withagreatdealofceremony

andfanfare,includingtheparticipation

oftheGrandOfficersoftheGrand

LodgeofMasonsinMassachusetts.

GrandLodgeProceedingsinclude

thetextofthemainaddressbyR.W.

WilliamB.Lawrence,whichrecounts

thefirsttimetheMayfloweranchored–

notinPlymouth,butinProvincetown

Harbor.

Theceremoniesalsoincludedmusic

bythe“HarvardQuartette.”TheGrand

OfficersoftheGrandLodgeofMassa-

chusettsmadethetriptothetipofCape

Codbytrainandarrivedonehourlate

tofindPresidentRooseveltalready

speakingtothecrowd.

Thisapron,offeringinsightabout

howtheGrandLodgecollectionwas

formed,whattypesofitemswereim-

portant,andwhycertainobjectswere

presentedtothelodge,wasprobably

giventotheGrandLodgeofMassa-

chusettsimmediatelyorshortlyafter

theceremony.

Inthiscase,theapronwasprizedfor

severalreasons:itwaswornbytheU.S.

Presidentatanimportantceremonyfor

auniquelyAmericanmonument

presidedoverbytheGrandOfficersof

thestate’sGrandLodge,anditcarries

amaker’slabelaswellasahandwritten

notewithRoosevelt’ssignature.

Whilephotographsoftheceremony

existtoassistusinlearningaboutthe

eventsofthatday,theapronaddsto

ourknowledgeinawaythatthepho-

tographscannot.Allofthephoto-

graphs,atthattime,wereblackand

white.

Wecannottellwhethertheaprons

wornbythosepicturedhadbluetrim-

mingorpurple,orothercolors–and,as

readersofthispublicationknowalltoo

well,thedifferentcolorsconveyvery

differentsymbolicmeanings.

Asecondapronsuggestsanothertra-

ditionthatapronshelpusunderstand

—Masonicsymbols.ThatScottishRite

aprondatestoabout1830andwas

probablymadeinNewEngland,possi-

blyinConnecticut.

Thepinksilkapronisembroidered

withgoldthreadandsequinsand

showsthesymbolsofthe16°,orPrince

ofJerusalemDegree.

Overtime,thesilkhasfaded;under-

neaththeedgeoftheflaptheoriginal

colorofthesilkisstillvisible—amuch

darker,richerredtone.

Thebodyoftheapronincludesade-

pictionoftheSecondTemple,along

with“D”forKingDariusand“Z”for

Zerubbabel.Thesymbolscomefrom

thestoryoftherebuildingofthetemple,

madedifficultbyoutsideforceswho

wantedZerubbabeltofail.

Today,thestoryoffersanallegory

aboutthetrialswefacewhenweat-

tempttobuildabetterlifebyfollowing

anethicalcodeandhelpingothers.

Apronssuchasthisonewillbein-

cludedinthemuseum’sexhibitionin

ordertoidentifysomeofthecommon

fraternalsymbols,drawingnon-Ma-

sonicvisitorsintotherichtraditionof

Freemasonryandintroducingthemto

itsphilosophyandvalues.

TheInfluenceandSpreadof
Freemasonry

Apronshelptoillustratetheinflu-

enceandspreadofFreemasonry,not

onlythroughoutAmerica,butalso

throughouttheworld.

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MasonicScottishRiteapronforPrinceofJerusalemdegree,circa1830,

possiblyConnecticut.CollectionofNationalHeritageMuseum.

MAY2007/THENORTHERNLIGHT

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Masonicapron,circa1815,possiblyNewEngland.

CollectionofNationalHeritageMuseum,GiftofArmenAmerigian.