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Akilas Willy Michailidis
· January 16, 2016
The only real secret of Freemasonry! Read it then share it...... WHEN IS A MAN A MASON? When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness... in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, and courage which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, and with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song -- glad to live, but not afraid to die! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world. by Joseph Fort Newton See More
Colin G. Hayward
· March 24, 2014
I think it is a wonderful place to learn more about our great Fraternity and to see some of the artifact's that reside therein. Just for your information, the OES ALTAR and some of the OES items were... donated by Alma Chapter No. 43 after being united with Shepherd Chapter OES. HOWEVER, the big glass showcase of a Chapter set up in miniature was donated by what is now Palestine Chapter OES in the Grand Rapids Masonic Center. When it was received some of the figurines were loose from the base and Sister Joan Koefed hot glued those figures back in place. I helped her on the project following a meeting of the Furniture City (Grand Rapids) High Twelve Club No. 236. Almost every figure had to be re-glued. See More
Luke Sass
· July 30, 2016
What a pleasure to know that we have a museum and a museum director, Dirk Hughes, that we can all be so proud of. The place is a treasure in and of itself.
Derek Nicely
· May 9, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to the Museum and Library today. So many cool things there and so much history to soak up in one day. Will definitely be back.
Zach Tolan
· January 4, 2017
Awesome! Check out the brick from the original White House and the metal disc player!
Bill Goodman
· December 21, 2016
Love the history of our brotherhood.
Always some good historical pictures with a story.
Kerry Bathe
· December 23, 2015
Fantastic place and Brother Dirk was great on information and a tour of the lodges.
Scott Walters
· February 8, 2017
My first visit. I spent more time here than I did at the Grand Rapids museum. I'm going back soon. Thanks Dirk W. Hughes, PM, 33 for a great tour.
Jason Ellison
· December 1, 2016
Amazing visit, great time, so much to see and read!
Dakotah Hoskins
· September 19, 2015
Received a tour from Brother Dirk Hughes. Great things to see in the Museum.
Daniel Stewart
· June 1, 2015
Proud to donate whatever amazing items I find along my travels.
Justin Cosse
· January 28, 2015
I enjoyed being around FreeMasons men of history brotherly love and relief
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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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Vintage Shriner bolo tie and belt buckle set. Date of manufacture and original owner unknown.

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Vintage masonic bolo tie. Laminated wood inlays. Date of manufacture and original owner unknown.

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Vintage magazine/newsletter stamp. Date of manufacture unknown.

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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.

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Another vintage masonic letter opener. Date of manufacture unknown.

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Vintage souvenir masonic letter opener from Jerusalem, Israel. Date of manufacture unknown.

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Vintage Scottish Rite doorknob. Age and original location of use uknown.

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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!

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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.

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Folkart needlepoint of Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite emblems. Date of creation unknown.

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Vintage OES ashtray. Date of manufacture unknown.

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Vintage decorative dish from 1964 showing the lambskin and the hats of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Shrine.

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