Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Century at Indiana Freemasons' Hall

The 100th anniversary rededication of Indiana Freemasons' Hall will take place this Saturday, June 13th.

12:00 P.M. Procession begins forming in the Murat Shrine parking lot.
1:00 P.M. Procession to Indiana Freemasons' Hall begins
2:00 P.M. Rededication ceremony begins

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (fast time for those in some parts of the state)

Please wear your officer aprons and jewels if you hold an office in your lodge. White gloves are also recommended, but not required. If you would like to wear the regalia of an appendant body, please feel free to do so.

The keynote address will be given by U.S. Congressman Dan Burton, a member of Evergreen-Oriental Lodge #500. Grand Master Charles Marlowe and the Grand Lodge officers will be conducting the rededication ceremony. The building will be open after the ceremony for those who would like to see the many recent changes the building has undergone.

This year, the Grand Lodge Library and Museum has been returned to Freemasons’ Hall after a decade in Franklin at the Masonic Home. The second kitchen for the dining hall is gone and now serves as office space, as well as new, modern bathrooms. The rooftop promenade deck is no longer used by the Knights Templar or partygoers seeking a breathtaking view of the city. It now bristles with cell phone towers. Long a dark curiosity on the city skyline, new exterior lighting has made it stand out as never before. And its auditorium has been reopened to the public after nearly four decades of darkness. Rooms have been freshly painted and decorated, and new policies now make it more accessible to the public than at any time in its long history. Long range plans include a new capital improvement campaign to at last add air-conditioning and to modernize the stage, auditorium and kitchen. And while time has worked its inexorable will against its sturdy Indiana limestone, the
Freemasons of Indiana still call it home a century after it was built.

For 100 years, Indiana Freemasons’ Hall has been the fraternal home of thousands of men from every walk of life—from captains of business and the halls of government, to doctors, teachers, shop keepers, factory workers, and the neighbor next door. It enters its second century with the same mission as the day it opened: to extend a warm welcome to the Freemasons of Indiana, as well as to the community which it proudly calls home.

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