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October 12, 2007

Former IMTA Secretary, Larry Selig, Passes Away

It is our sad duty to report the passing of Larry Selig. Larry died Thursday, October 11th while vacationing in Prague, Czechoslovakia with his wife, Adrienne. As all of you know, Larry was the longtime secretary of the IMTA, the secretary of Monument Lodge, and one of the driving forces behind the Shrine Circus. This is a great loss to the fraternity and he'll be sorely missed. Please keep Larry's family in your thoughts and prayers.

October 2, 2008

"The Mystery of Indygrove Manor" at Freemasons' Hall Starts Friday, Oct. 3

MASONS ADMITTED FREE TO INDIANAPOLIS PREMIER HALLOWEEN COMEDY STAGE PLAY

The Indygrove family has been summoned to the family estate to pay their respects to wealthy matriarch Ernestine Elwonga. She doesn't trust any of the family members and makes the mistake of telling them so. Dottie and son Dexter Indygrove will do anything to insure that the lion's share of the estate goes to them. Meanwhile, husband Aykroyd Indygrove doesn't know who to fear more - the law or his wife. Ernestine's allies include her beautiful ward Tillie Webshuttle and....the mysterious Phantom of Indygrove! This Halloween appropriate family-friendly for all ages melodrama is a perfect way to add more fun to your holiday season.

The cast (from left to right) Mary Hunt, Jack O'Connor, Jane Bostwick, Eldric Harmon, and April R. Sparks are ready to entertain you in the Stage Actors' Workshop family-friendly comedy, "The Mystery of Indygrove Manor" written by D. Chapelle. The classically performed melodrama will run October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26.. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Masons and their families are admitted free with a donation to the Freemasons' Hall Building fund. Performances will be at the Freemasons' Hall Theater, 525 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN. 46204. For information or directions call Bob Rini at 201-3436 or e-mail at: saw_theater@yahoo.com

The Stage Actors' Workshop is a not-for-profit community theater acting company comprised of talented people who do theater for the love of it. Their mission is to bring to the public live stage shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget. Children 12 years-old and younger are always admitted for only $4 with a paying adult. Bob Rini has served as the company’s artistic director since its inception in 1998. They offer affordable acting classes for adults and children. More information may be obtained by e-mailing them at saw_theater@yahoo.com

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January 18, 2009

Grand Master grants special permission for degree conferrals at Freemasons' Hall

The M.W. Grand Master of Masons in Indiana, Jeffery P. Zaring, on Thursday January 15, 2009, issued his Official Permission No. 55, which allows any Lodge holding a charter from the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A. M., to confer a Masonic degree in one of the Lodge Rooms in Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis up to three times between January 15, 2009, and May 19, 2009, subject to a few conditions outlined in the permission. This dispensation was sent to all Lodge Secretaries on Friday, January 16.

Secretaries should contact the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association at info@indytemple.org if their Lodge is interested in conferring a degree at the Hall under the terms of this Official Permission.

January 22, 2009

IMTA receives grant for improvements from The Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association is pleased to announce that we have again been selected as a grant recipient by The Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation. Each year the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants to selected non-profit groups in the Indianapolis community as well as to various Masonic groups. The grants were presented at a January 22 luncheon held in the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Ballroom.

Grants were awarded to the following community organizations: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Flanner House of Indianapolis, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Hemophilia of Indiana, Indiana University School of Medicine, Kids' Voice of Indiana, Meals on Wheels, Police Athletic League of Indianapolis, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, United Christmas Service, United Way of Indiana.

In addition to the IMTA, grants were awarded to the following Masonic organizations: Leon M. Abbott Scholarship Fund, Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, Indianapolis 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center for Children, Masonic Relief Board of Indiana, Masonic Youth Groups, Murat Shrine Transportation Fund.

The IMTA was awarded $12,000. Together with matching funds from the Grand Lodge of Indiana, this will facilitate the completion of the exterior lighting project on Indiana Freemasons' Hall and also the purchase of a computer kiosk for the building's first floor lobby.

The IMTA wishes to express its appreciation to the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation for the generous grant. We also congratulate the Foundation for their commitment to the Indianapolis Community and our fellow Masonic organizations.

May 16, 2009

Grand Lodge Library & Museum Returns To Indiana Freemasons' Hall


PGM Roger Van Gorden, Grand Master Jeffrey P. Zaring and
Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board President James Dillman cut the ribbon
to the new Indiana Masonic Library and Museum.


After more than a decade, the Indiana Grand Lodge Library and Museum is at last returning to Indiana Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis. The majority of Indiana's Grand Lodge officers, along with family and friends, were on hand today as Grand Master of Indiana Jeffrey P. Zaring, Past Grand Master and Masonic Society president Roger S. Van Gorden, and Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association president James Dillman cut the ceremonial ribbon to the new Grand Lodge Library and Museum room.

When the Indianapolis Masonic Temple opened in 1909, it featured a large ground-floor social room and library, along with a coat-check area. By the 1920s, so many men arrived at the Temple with coats and hats that a new check area was literally dug out into a new basement area under the entry hall. This allowed the library to expand into the old coat room.

When Dwight L. Smith became Grand Secretary, he expanded the Library. The Grand Lodge also accumulated much memorabilia over the years, and a small museum area was set aside for displays. When Smith passed away, his family donated his personal library collection, which was of considerable size, to the Grand Lodge of Indiana. By the mid-1980s, the space was clearly outgrown, so it was packed up and moved to Franklin, on the campus of the Indiana Masonic Home, and housed in the former DeMolay dormitory.

While the location at the Home was large, it was also hard to visit and access. A steam pipe leak resulted in much damage to the museum artifacts, and while the library was catalogued, the museum suffered from neglect and lack of regular supervision.

Thanks to the continued financial support by Indiana's grand masters over the years, the Library and Museum's budget was added to, with the plan of moving it to a new, safer, permanent site. That opportunity came this year with the renewed commitment of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board to preserving and improving Indiana Freemasons' Hall. With the 100th anniversary of the building's construction coming this June 13th, along with festivities connected to that event, 2009 seemed to be the perfect year for the move to take place. Grand Master Jeff Zaring charged the Library and Museum board with getting the job underway before the rededication.

The north social room located on the 5th floor seemed like the perfect location, since the south social room had undergone a beautiful transformation by Ancient Landmarks Lodge four years ago. Nearly $30,000 has been spent to refurbish the plaster, repaint and install modern wiring to accommodate the Library and Museum's needs. The move will be done in stages, beginning with artifacts and display cases. The Library will be installed later in the year, once the Museum's pieces are unpacked and in their new locations. Security and climate control are top priorities to protect the collection, and a separate area is being set aside for the most valuable and fragile items.

In the long term, plans are being considered to photograph or scan the Museum's collection to a digital archive that will be accessible over the Internet. Likewise, Masonic books that are rarely seen outside of Indiana will be digitized so researchers from around the world may access them. And its catalog will also be Internet friendly, so researchers can know what is available in the Library.

But what is most important is that this tremendous resource will again be available to the Freemasons of Indiana, back again in the home of its Grand Lodge. The Board of the Library and Museum, the Temple Board, and the Grand Lodge of Indiana are all pulling together to make this dream a reality.

(BTW, a very big thanks to Lisa and all the Van Gorden girls for their help with the food and reception!)

October 24, 2009

Indiana Freemasons' Hall on Discovery Channel


Filmmakers for the Discovery Channel program "Hunting The Lost Symbol" came to Indianapolis in September to shoot interviews of Indianapolis authors Christopher Hodapp ("Freemasons For Dummies", "Solomon's Builders") and Alice Von Kannon ("The Templar Code For Dummies", "Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies"). Freemasons' Hall's 7th floor was the backdrop for both interviews: Alice was shot in the Raper Commandery Asylum, and Chris was in the Egyptian-themed Red Cross Room (which is also appropriately home to Imhotep Council No. 434, Allied Masonic Degrees).

The program airs Sunday October 25th at 8PM and 11PM, and again on November 1st at 4PM.

November 6, 2009

Founder’s Day Breakfast

Please join us for the annual

Founder’s Day Breakfast at Indiana Freemasons’ Hall

Second Floor Reception Hall

Saturday, January 16, 7:00 A.M. until 9:00 A.M.

Sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice

Donation $6.00

Right across the street from the Scottish Rite Cathedral

March 25, 2010

Indiana Freemasons' Hall Informational Meeting 3/29/2010

Members of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association Board of Directors will hold an informational session with the principal officers of all of the organizations that meet in Indiana Freemasons' Hall on Monday, March 29 at 6:30 P.M. Board President Jim Dillman will provide an update on current and future projects in Indiana Freemasons' Hall. This meeting is open to everyone, but we are specifically requesting that the Masters, Wardens, and principal officers of the organizations in the building be in attendance.

The IMTA will provide pizza and soft drinks. Please RSVP via e-mail to James Dillman jrdill1955@yahoo.com.

WM's, please notify your wardens and anyone else who might wish to attend about this meeting at your earliest convenience.

We should note that at the time we scheduled the meeting that we failed to realize that Monday is Passover. We extend our sincere apologies to our Jewish brethren who will be home celebrating the holiday with family and friends. This is embarrassing and was completely unintentional. We will make certain that we don't make a similar mistake in the future. Those of you who would normally have attended may feel free to contact IMTA President Jim Dillman personally at James Dillman jrdill1955@yahoo.com for a recap of the meeting.

June 17, 2010

Imhotep Council No. 434 Allied Masonic Degree Day, Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Imhotep Council No. 434 AMD in Indianapolis, invites the members of Indiana and surrounding area Councils to a special Allied Masonic Degree Day on Saturday, November 6th, 2010, at Indiana Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis. Here is an opportunity for your Council to participate by both experiencing and conferring AMD degrees.

In addition to the AMD degrees, the members of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 in Indianapolis have expressed interest in demonstrating a Masonic degree using Emulation ritual, as well. This ritual is rarely seen outside of English lodges. And this will be an added occasion to visit and tour Indiana Freemasons' Hall, the headquarters of the fraternity in our state.

It is our desire to seek participation among AMD Councils across Indiana, as well as from nearby states. We are in the planning stages of this event at this time, and this message is to discover interest in participating. We are aware that many Councils may gather infrequently and that this message may be coming to you between meetings. However, we would like to have some idea of participation by July 20th, so that we can plan accordingly.

We would like to know if your Council has an interest in attending, if you wish to present one of the degrees, and if so, which one. In the case of duplicate requests, degree choices will be assigned in the order they are received. Lunch will be provided, and we anticipate a cost of no more than $10.

Volunteers Received To Date:

Knight of Constantinople
Imhotep Council No. 434 AMD

Royal Ark Mariner
St. Bartholomew Council No. 295 AMD

Superintendent
Edward C. Etchison Council No. 326 AMD

Emulation Ritual
Vitruvian Lodge No. 767 F&AM

Please respond as soon as possible to our Secretary, Carson Smith at carson.c.smith@comcast.net and let us know if you can attend this event. We look forward to your answer and your participation in making this an outstanding day!

Fraternally,
Christopher Hodapp
Sovereign Master
Imhotep Council No. 434, Allied Masonic Degrees
Indianapolis, Indiana

July 7, 2010

WBro. Nathan Brindle Appointed WM of Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research

As of July 7, 2010, Worshipful Brother Nathan C. Brindle of Indianapolis, been appointed as the Worshipful Master of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D. by the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana, Kenneth E. Willis, Jr.

Bro. Colin Peterson has been appointed Senior Warden and WBro. Christopher Kimmel has been appointed Junior Warden.

Congratulations to Nathan and his officers!

Nathan has set up a new Facebook page here for updates about upcoming activities.

Dwight L. Smith was a Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, well-known for his longtime position as editor of the Indiana Freemason magazine, and his history of Indiana Freemasonry, Goodly Heritage.

The occasional publication of papers called Perlustrations occurs when enough papers are submitted to warrant printing. The first edition was published in 2002.

Nathan is a Past Master (2002) of Broad Ripple Lodge No. 643 in Indianapolis. He is the Secretary of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767; Secretary of the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association, Inc.; Secretary/Treasurer of the Masonic Society; and the Deputy Master of the Adoniram Lodge of Perfection, Indianapolis Valley A&ASR.

August 11, 2010

New Restaurant and Tavern Opens at Michigan and Capital

There is a new post-meeting venue available now within walking distance of Freemasons' Hall. Sahm's Tavern and Cafe has opened today on the ground floor of the renovated former auto showroom at 433 N. Capitol Avenue in the Gibson Building. One block west and one block south of us.

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August 12, 2010

Prestonian Lecturer John Wade in Indianapolis 9/11/2010

A world-class evening of Masonic education in Indianapolis!

Brother John Wade, the Prestonian Lecturer for 2009 from England, will present his lecture, "‘Go and do thou likewise': English Masonic Processions from the 18th to the 20th Centuries"
on September 11, 2010 at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral.

To register for dinner and the lecture, see the Grand Lodge website at:
http://indianafreemasons.com/news-a-events/prestonian-lecture.html

$60 Lecture & Dinner, $25 Lecture Only or $35 Dinner Only


Dinner

Cost Options: $60 Lecture & Dinner, $25 Lecture Only or $35 Dinner Only (electronic option includes $3 processing fee)

Dinner Menu: Hors D’Oeuvre - Imported Cheese wedges with Grapes and Strawberries garnished with Dried Fruits, Marcona Almonds and Imported Crackers

Salad - Caesar Salad with fresh grated Parmesan Cheese

Entree - Boneless Breast of Chicken with Corn and Basil Relish, Herbed Mashed Potatoes,
Fresh Green Beans Amandine with Basil, Thomas’ Homemade Rolls with Butter

Dessert - Assortment of Seasonal Cheesecakes

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Steve Estle very ill

W. Bro. Steve Estle, building superintendent of Indiana Freemasons' Hall for the past twenty-five years, is very seriously ill and is hospitalized in Methodist Hospital. Steve is battling a number of health problems and the doctors are still trying to determine how they will address them. Steve has spent the last several weeks in the hospital or rehabilitation facility and still faces several more weeks of hospitalization. Steve would very much enjoy receiving cards and letters from his brethren. Steve is a Past Master of Capital City Lodge and a member of Centre Lodge #23 in Indianapolis. You may address correspondence to his home and his family will forward them to him.

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September 2, 2010

IMTA seeks Building Superintendent

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association is seeking a Building Superintendent due to the recent retirement of WBro. Steve Estle.

More information can be found here.

Please note that absolutely no phone calls regarding this position will be accepted. No exceptions. Thank you for your consideration.

November 1, 2010

Indianapolis Allied Masonic Degrees In-Gathering 11/6 Cancelled

Because of numerous scheduling conflicts with other appendant bodies and lack of response from surrounding councils, the Allied Masonic Degrees In-Gathering sponsored by Imhotep Council No. 434 for November 6th, 2011 at Indiana Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis has been cancelled. My apologies to all who have been planning for this event, especially to those of you from out of state. We hope to reschedule in the spring.

Sincerely and most fraternally,

Christopher L. Hodapp
Sovereign Master
Imhotep No. 434
Indianapolis, IN

January 7, 2011

Grand Lodge of Indiana Library and Museum Work Day 1/9

There will be a work day in the Grand Lodge of Indiana Library and Museum on Sunday, January 9th, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M, at Indiana Freemasons' Hall in downtown Indianapolis. 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.

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

Please feel free to join us.

Commercial Gas Ranges For Sale

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Assn. has purchased a new commercial range for the Indiana Freemasons' Hall kitchen. We are offering up for sale the two used ranges we are replacing. They are both thirty-six inch, four-burner commercial gas ranges. The manufacturer is Caloric. The cooktop burners all work. The ovens work, but the thermostats are inoperable in both ovens making temperature control very difficult. We were told that it's about $400 per oven to replace the thermostat. The ovens are $100 apiece, as is with no warranty. They can be taken down from the dining room on the elevator and wheeled down the handicapped ramp for easy loading onto a truck. E-mail Jim Dillman jrdill1955@yahoo.com or call him at 317-828-7611. You may also contact building superintendent Randy Spaulding at 317-635-1657.

March 5, 2011

Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research Meets March 19, 2011

Dwight L. Smith was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana F.& A.M. in 1945, and served as Grand Secretary from 1947 until 1979, He was well-known for his longtime position as editor of the Indiana Freemason Magazine, and his history of Indiana Freemasonry, Goodly Heritage.

The Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research is a special purpose Lodge under Dispensation, created by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A. M., for the purpose of furthering research and interest in the history, customs, and societal impact of the Masonic Fraternity. Its mandate is to study these areas from a worldwide perspective, but with a particular emphasis on how they have impacted the lives of Masons, their families, and the general public in the State of Indiana.

The Lodge meets four times each year, twice in Indianapolis at Indiana Freemasons' Hall in Indianapolis, and once each in the northern and southern regions of the state. Currently, membership in the Lodge is open only to Indiana Freemasons who are members in good standing of a regular subordinate Lodge holden under charter of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A. M. Membership is $15 per year, due and payable on January 1 for the year in advance.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 19, 2011, 12:00 PM at Indiana Freemasons' Hall, 525 N Illinois St. in Indianapolis. This meeting is open to all Master Masons regardless of whether or not they are members of the Lodge. Cost of lunch will be $5. If you have a paper you would like to present, please contact either Nathan Brindle, WM, or Bill Sassman, Secretary, ASAP.

Worshipful Brother John Bridegroom will discuss a research project he is currently pursuing. And yes, the lodge is aware that this conflicts with the Secretaries' Meeting that day in Franklin. Unfortunately, there are only so many weekends available.

For more information, see the lodge website at www.indianalodgeofresearch.com , and be sure to sign up for the lodge Facebook page here.

March 14, 2011

Library & Museum Work Day March 20th. 2011

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

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

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.

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.

Indianapolis Area Conference Wed. 3/16

The Grand Lodge of Indiana Area Conference for Indianapolis will be this Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00PM in the 2nd floor Reception Hall of Indiana Freemasons' Hall at 525 N. Illinois Street. The program will be hosted by the brethren of Centre Lodge No. 23.

All Masons are invited to attend, but especially all officers of lodges in central Indiana are encouraged to be there. This is an opportunity to hear the Grand Lodge plans for the upcoming year, its programs and new developments, as well as the chance to communicate more closely with the Grand Lodge officers.

For more information contact Richard J. Elman, Grand Secretary, or Jerry Jones 317-634-7904

May 11, 2011

Library & Museum Work Day May 15th. 2011

There will be a work day in the Grand Lodge Library/Museum this Sunday, May 15 from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. We need a good-sized contingent of brethren, at least twelve to fifteen, to help us finish this stage of the Library/Museum. The more we have, the sooner we can finish. Please join us if you have a couple of hours available on Sunday morning. There will be coffee and doughnuts on the second floor at 8:30.

July 28, 2011

G. Washington Masonic Birthday Processional To Indiana State Capitol Building 8/4

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Most Worshipful Grand Master Gregory C. Walbridge of the Grand Lodge of Indiana Free & Accepted Masons invites all Freemasons to participate with him and the officers of the Grand Lodge to celebrate the Masonic birthday of Brother George Washington. The ceremony will take place at the Masonic statue of George Washington that is located on the South lawn of the Indiana State Capital Building on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11 AM.

Brethren will assemble at 10 AM in the parking lot of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite located at 650 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, and will step off at 11 AM sharp in processional to the Statehouse South lawn. The parade route/processional will go from Indiana Freemasons' Hall at North and Illinois Street and travel West on North Street to Capital Ave, South on Capital Ave. to West Washington Street, where it will use the sidewalk to approach the Statue of George Washington on the South lawn. Once at the statue, a ceremony will be preformed honoring George Washington's Masonic birthday, his contributions to Freemasonry, and to the United States.

Grand Lodge Officers will wear morning suit with full regalia. Masters and Lodge Officers wear sport coat and tie (preferred) or lodge polo shirt with pants together with aprons and jewels. All other Freemasons including EA's and FC's same as Lodge Officers above with white apron worn in proper form. Appendant Bodies full regalia. White gloves optional. No shorts please.

Ladies and guests are encouraged to meet the processional at the George Washington Masonic Statue on the South Lawn of the State Capital Building.

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November 9, 2011

Major Projects Proceed At Indiana Freemasons' Hall

The Indianapolis Masonic Temple Board Association has secured a $250,000 loan to complete numerous projects around Indiana Freemasons' Hall that will improve the Temple aesthetically and structurally, as well as improving our energy use and safety, and providing new services for our members. The many new projects approved by the Temple Board include:

• New energy-efficient windows for the whole building.
• Repairs to steam traps and improvements to the condensate system that will allow the boiler to operate more efficiently.
• Repairs to the ventilation dampers which will allow greater airflow and exhaust of heat in the summer.
• Installation of internet, phone and cable TV wiring to all floors.
• Plaster restoration and ceiling repair on the 7th floor from damage caused by a 20 year water leak, which has been repaired.
• Replacement of wall sconces missing from the 7th floor.
• Complete renovation of the fire escape, including replacement of the rusting decking with new galvanized decks.
• Extensive repair of exterior limestone spalling.
• Complete renovation and modernization of the 2nd floor kitchen, with new, modern appliances, a new commercial dishwasher, larger ice machine, paint and flooring.

Because of the nature of the loan and the repayment structure, this will make up the total of our discretionary spending for new projects for several years, but it means we are able to accomplish it all in a much shorter period of time. Upon completion of these projects, the total spent on building improvements in the last five years will exceed $800,000. The Temple Board certainly welcomes any financial assistance lodges or individual Masons may wish to contribute to these and other projects. Tax-deductible donations may be made to our 501c3 corporation with checks made out to Freemasons' Hall Inc. and mailed to the Indianapolis Masonic Temple Association, 525 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

These are in addition to the many renovations undertaken around the building by the various lodges and the Commandery which have gone far to improve the appearance of the third, fifth and seventh floors. Freemasons' Hall looks and functions better today than it has in literally decades. Much credit goes to the Building Superintendent Randy Spaulding and to Board President James Dillman, who spend untold hours caring for the building, crawling through ductwork, tracing down hidden plumbing lines, or beating up contractors for the best prices for us.

In other news around the Temple, the Grand Secretary's office has temporarily moved to the third floor while the office is gutted and completely remodeled. Both the Scholarship Board office and the state office for Indiana DeMolay have recently moved into the Temple. The international research origination, the Masonic Society, also leases space in the building, along with the Masonic Relief Board of Indiana and the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation.

The Library and Museum on the 5th floor will be open in time for Founder's Day. New cases are being installed, along with dramatic new lighting, and the Museum Board has hired two interns from IUPUI to assist with cataloguing and display ideas to preserve Indiana's priceless Masonic heritage.

Indiana Freemasons' Hall is your Temple. It is not simply the home of the lodges that meet there, but it is the headquarters of our entire fraternity in Indiana, and every Indiana Freemason should be proud of it. Like the Schofield House, the Grand Master has issued a standing dispensation so that any Indiana lodge may confer up to three degrees per year in one of its four lodge rooms without requesting special permission. Simply make a reservation for one of the rooms at the security desk.

September 3, 2012

Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research Officer's Installation

Fraternally submitted by Michael D. Gillard, PM ~ Sr. Warden, DLS Lodge of Research, U.D.

The Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D., F.&A.M., Grand Lodge of Indiana operates at the "will & pleasure," of the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana. That is what is meant by the wording "Under Dispensation." Yet, never before in the nearly 20 years existence of Indiana's Lodge of Research has the Grand Master Installed the Officers of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D.

Today, September 1st., 2012, Grand Master George Ingles, Jr. changed that history by officially Installing the Principal Officers of our Research Lodge. Grand Master Ingles opened the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D. in Ample Form and formally Installed Christopher Kimmel, PM, as Worshipful Master; Michael D. Gillard, PM, as Senior Warden; and William "Bill" Sassman, PM, as Secretary/Treasurer. John Bridegroom, PM, has been designated as Junior Warden but was unable to be present for the Installation ceremony and will be Installed by W.M. Kimmel at the next regular assembly of the Lodge.

Two Past Grand Masters; Michael D. Brumback and Roger VanGorden, were joined by four current Grand Lodge Officers in witnessing the Installation together with approximately twelve other Master Masons including at least one presiding Worshipful Master. It may be of interest to note that seven Brethren attending were 33rd. Degree members of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and four Brothers present were OPC's (Order of the Purple Cross,) of the York Rite Sovereign College. Certainly a distinguished group of Masons present for this unique Installation of our Indiana DLS Lodge of Research.

At least two Past Masters of the DLS Lodge were also present to witness this historic occasion.

The installation was followed by a presentation by Emily Lytle-Painter on the creation of the Indiana Masonic Library & Museum, and a paper by WB Chris Kimmel on Joseph Daviess. It was an excellent day.

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