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February 16, 2011

Library & Museum Work Day February 20th. 2011

There will be a work day in the Grand Lodge of Indiana Library and Museum on Sunday, February 20th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Coffee and doughnuts on the second floor at 8:30.

We will continue unpacking boxes and determining what goes up to the sixth floor and what needs to be put on shelves, along with getting the shelved books in their proper order. The last few days like this have put a major dent in the unpacking, and we appreciate everyone who has turned out to help in this massive project.

The hope is that this Sunday will be the last of the book unpacking and archival sorting days. Once we have the floor cleared, we can next move to unpacking, sorting, cataloguing, photographing and finally displaying artifacts.

Please feel free to join us.

February 17, 2011

Medieval Knights of Raper Commandery's Levant Preceptory


The Sir Knights of Raper Commandery No. 1's medieval period degree group, Levant Preceptory, are featured in a new documentary to air on Canadian television, "Templars Last Stand." Levant's knights were interviewed and then shown performing a special public ceremony written by Sir Knight Jim Dillman commemorating the night before the arrest of the medieval order in France in 1307.


The production company traveled to Jerusalem, Rome, Syria, England and Indianapolis, and staged battle scenes in Morocco in this quite lavish and well-produced show.


The program will be aired in the United States on the National Geographic Channel later in the year.


On camera interviews included Sir Knights John Bridegroom, Jim Dillman, Gary Messer Al Martinez and Chris Hodapp, and scenes featured the 7th floor Commandery Asylum at Indiana Freemasons' Hall, as well as the Gothic Tyler's Room of the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral.

(Images Copyright 2010 Arcadia Entertainment)

February 21, 2011

Scottish Rite Fndn. Grants $20K to Freemasons' Hall


The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association has been awarded a $20,000 grant by The Scottish Rite Foundation of Indianapolis. The money will be paired with a like amount of matching funds from the Grand Lodge of Indiana to complete the first phase of a project that will ultimately result in the replacement of all plumbing lines in Indiana Freemasons’ Hall.

The foundation has awarded the IMTA $47,000 in grants in the last four years. The grants have been used to purchase new draperies in the Reception Hall, a new welcome desk and computer kiosk for the foyer, and new tables and chairs in the Reception Hall.

The Scottish Rite Foundation of Indianapolis is a charitable branch of the Indianapolis Valley of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. It has been awarding grants to various Indianapolis non-profit groups and Indiana Masonic organizations for many years.

[Photo by Nathan Brindle: Denny Sheets of The Scottish Rite Foundation of Indianapolis presents a grant check for $20,000 to Jim Dillman, President of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association. ]

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