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Friday, June 20, 2008

Ohio Bicentennial Rolls On Saturday 6/21

“From Whence We Came – Pioneers plant the seeds of the Buckeye State,” by Washington, D.C. artist Peter Waddell and commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

Ohio's Freemasons continue to celebrate their bicentennial in a very big way.

On Saturday, June 21, a grand procession will start at 10 a.m. from the Ohio Historical Society on Nationwide Boulevard in downtown Columbus, heading south on High Street, for a cornerstone laying ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse. Some 3,500 people are expected to take part.

Following the ceremony, shuttles will take participants to the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Village for a picnic and 19th-century-style baseball game.

Other events will continue to take place this year. On July 4, an official marker will be placed at the grave of Ohio's first Grand master, Rufus Putnam, in Marietta. In September, a time capsule will be buried in Springfield. And during the week of Ohio's annual communication, October 16-18, there will be an exposition of historical artifacts on display at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus.

For more information about the Grand Lodge of Ohio's bicentennial celebrations this year, visit the Web site www.freemason.com or contact Chad Simpson at 800-292-6092.


  1. This was one hell of a good parade, and I was proud to be among my Lodge's representatives there. Grand Lodge of Ohio reports the attendance of 5,000+ Masons.

  2. I also marched in the parade representing my lodge. There were also masons marching that were representatives of the Scottish & York Rites, Commandery and Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

    My wife got to watch the entire parade from a seat in front of the State House and she said it was very impressive. The parade lasted about an hour.


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