Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838 - 2013

2/8/2013

Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838 - 2013

Featuring George Washington's Family Bible

Study Gallery

February 8 through July 12, 2013

 

Freemasonry has been described as a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols, the goal of which is to take good men and make them better men. Guest curator Dick Browning, for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas

This year the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, the home of Arkansas Freemasonry located in downtown Little Rock, celebrates 175 years since its charter in 1853. This exhibit showcases the history of the Grand Lodge through objects associated with the fraternity, its work and its rituals. These objects, often imbued with the symbolism of freemasonry, include masonic aprons and jewels, ceremonial trowels, gavels, a ballot box and the chair of Arkansas’s most famous Freemason, Albert Pike.

 

George Washington's Family Bible

George Washington was a life-long Mason, having joined as a young man. He was later asked to be Charter Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 2., renamed after his death Alexandria-Washington Lodge. The Lodge was the recipient of many of Washington’s personal possessions, including a family bible that includes Washington’s signature in the front of the book. The George Washington Masonic Memorial is now home to this bible.

George Washington’s Family Bible will be on exhibit for the duration of the Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons exhibit, February 8 through June 23, 2013.