Michigan Masonic Museum and LibraryHistory Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Always some good historical
Embroidered Steward badge for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution from 1948. The RMBI (we're not sure if the "RMIB" on the badge is a mistake or an earlier version of the initials) serves elderly Freemasons and their families in England and Wales. The "Steward" badge was given to those who donated to the institution during any particular year.
Here is a 1903 directory and meeting calendar for Lansing masonic bodies when they met at the building on Capital Ave. It shows meeting nights, officers, and members of the different masonic organizations that met there, including Lansing #33, Capital S.O. #66, Capital Chapter #9 RAM, Lansing Council #29 R&SM, Lansing Commandery #25 KT, Arbutus Chapter #45 OES, and Bethel Shrine #11 WSofJ (White Shrine of Jerusalem).
Early version of our new display at the MMML showcasing the Grand Lodge of Michigan with the very first GL of Michigan minutes book from 1826. Come check it out next time you visit!
Here's an old calendar booklet from 1898 Passumpsic Lodge in Vermont. The different cards show the officer corps and meeting times for the different organizations that met in their building in St. Johnsbury, VT, including Passumpsic Lodge #27, F.&A.M. (GL of Vermont),Haswell Royal Arch Chapter #11, and Palestine Commandery #5.
Here is an interesting vintage jewel we know nothing about. We suspect if comes from Israel since it was in a box with other items from Israel and has "MAK-BENAH" engraved on the front, a very close variation to "Makbenah", the Hebrew name for a descendant of Caleb in the Bible. We welcome any information someone might have out there concerning this piece.
The MMML would like to thank the brothers, family, and friends of Wabon Lodge #305 in Mt. Pleasant, MI for hosting an MMML presentation at their annual Mason of the Year dinner this past Wednesday night. Great crowd with great questions! Thanks all!
Here's a recent donation of an early 20th century ashtray previously owned by Scottish brother, Jimmy Watret near the time he immigrated to Michigan around the 1920s. This ashtray is significant because it still has the original glass insert, a piece that is usually broken or lost.