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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Indiana's Masonic Museum Artifact Highlighted

by Christopher Hodapp



Ah, timing is everything. On my local front, we were gearing up for summer visitors at the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana. New banners, new promotions, new graphics, maybe some public programs — now all on hold indefinitely until the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide shutdown finally comes to an end.


So naturally, the April 2020 issue of Indianapolis Monthly magazine just arrived arrived today, especially highlighting all of our capitol city’s great restaurants — that we can’t go visit until the state's pandemic restrictions are lifted. Such are the odd vicissitudes of magazine deadlines closing sometimes months in advance of actual publication.

The back page of the magazine always features an unusual artifact from around the City every month. April’s artifact is none other than the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana’s unique folk art sculpture by nineteenth century Indiana Mason George S. Frank. It is shown in a beautiful, full-page photo by Tony Valainis with a description of the piece, complete with a few words from our director Mike Brumback (click the image up top to enlarge it).

The magazine should be on news stands this week. It's a terrific mention of our little-known museum to the general public, and just in time for us to be shut down to all visitors and workers.

So it goes.



For more about this unique and complex hand-carved artifact from the late 19th century, have a look at this more detailed article: Symbolism in Wood: The Enigmatic Masonic Puzzle of Brother George S. Frank

Someday, when the world regains its health and sanity, stop in and see us on the 5th floor of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple at 525 N. Illinois Street in Indianapolis. Someday.

3 comments:

  1. What is the current status of the online museum of Masonic and other fraternal regalia and medals. -- is it still being added to Chris?

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    1. Paul, if you are referring specifically to Indiana's, yes, as we add objects to our database, they automatically update to our Online Collections Portal (which is hosted through Past Perfect software). One our members, Andy Jackson, has recently donated literally hundreds of medals from his private collection, and it is a massive cataloging job we hope to start wading into shortly. Our Museum Studies interns have been a tremendous help to us in our handling and cataloguing of our collections. But Andy's donation is going to take us a while to get done, I'm afraid, especially since the COVID shutdown has closed the Temple building for the duration.

      Here's our collections portal link: Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

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  2. Is there any sort of list of the substantial online collections of pictures of Masonic artifacts?

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