Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Masons and Goats In The News

"Riding The Goat" by Cassius Coolidge

Apparently, someone with a sense of humor abandoned a goat at the Northampton Masonic Hall in Britain.
An abandoned goat sparked a dramatic day-long rescue mission after being mysteriously dumped in the garden of Freemasons Hall. The male goat appeared tied to a tree in the corner of the lawn at the Freemasons Hall and Conference Centre in St George's Avenue, Northampton, on Monday morning…The bearded billy goat was eventually rescued by volunteers from Animals in Need last night and has now been taken to the sanctuary's base in Little Irchester…

Which reminds me that my friend William D. Moore has written what is perhaps the most exhaustive history of fraternal "lodge goats" for the academic Winterthur Portfolio (sorry, a subscription is required). Will is not a Freemason, but was director of the Robert R Livingston Masonic Library in New York. He is currently assistant professor of history and director of the public history program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington.


Nathan said...


No smoking in the lodge room!


Wayfaring Man said...

Chris - I'd value you input on the Masonic polls in this space: http://audevidetace.blogspot.com/2007/10/we-get-goldmine-she-gets-fez.html

Anonymous said...

What, no image credit?

Chris Hodapp said...

My bad. Fixed.

Will Moore said...

Hi Chris-
Thanks for the notice about the Winterthur Portfolio article. Your blog seems to indicate that you are keeping busy. Let me know if your travels bring you to North Carolina.

Best wishes-

Will Moore