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July 23, 2020

Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum Feature:
Antebellum Apron and Collar, There and Back Again.

by Brother Gar Pickering,
Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum Archivist/Curator
This 19th century apron features metal bullion embroidery and metal sequin work. In the center is a Royal Arch,
over a bee hive and bees, and surrounded by intricate details of foliage and flowers.

This 19th century collar features metal bullion embroidery and metal lace trim. The jewel is an equilateral triangle
from which a trowel is suspended. According to "The History of the Cryptic Rite Vol. 1" (1918),
the jewel is that of a general member of a "Council of Royal and Select Masters" council.

This beautiful apron and collar set was stolen from a Masonic Temple in New Orleans during Federal occupation of the city during the Civil War. While the city was being looted, it was taken by Union Soldiers from an Iowa Regiment, and went with them to Des Moines. The set was obtained by a man named Benton Matthews shortly thereafter.

In time, the pieces came into the possession of Mrs. Edna Weaver who, in 1954, sent them to a Brother Price Jones. Brother Jones contacted the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, D. Peter Laguens, Jr, who, in 1958, received the pieces back to New Orleans.  From her letter to Brother Price, it is clear that Mrs. Weaver greatly valued the pieces and Freemasonry; possessing them weighed heavily on her conscience. She greatly wanted to see them rightly and justly returned to the Masons of Louisiana, and they are now part of the collection of The Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum. The "Masonic Temple" from which the set was taken was likely an early Louisiana Cryptic Council lodge, as indicated by the jewel on the collar.

The set will be on display in The Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum for anyone who would like to come see them.
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Grand Lodge Warden's Retreat &
Secretary Training Returns for 2021

Register by August 7, 2021

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the annual training session could not take place earlier in the year as usual. The 2021 training will be on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 9am-3pm at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La (2350 Methodist Parkway).

The Grand Lodge asks that you register early to allow staff to record registrations and prepare materials. The fee is $50 per attendee, which includes refreshments, materials, and a meal. Registration deadline is August 7, 2021.
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Tidings From Louisiana Lodges

A Birthday Honor Fit for the Godfather


MWB Lloyd Hennigan, seen here with his birthday cake, at OK Allen No. 33.

OK Allen Lodge No. 33 celebrated the birthday of its Worshipful Master, M∴W∴B∴ Lloyd Hennigan, PGM, with cake following its stated communication on July 22, 2021.

M∴W∴B∴ Hennigan turned 87, and has been a Master Mason since 1967. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 2008.


Recognizing 50 Years as a Master Mason
at Jeanerette Lodge No. 255


WB Mark Charpentier (left) was presented with his certificate for being in Masonry 50 Years. He was Master of Jeanerette Lodge No. 255 in 1973. Presenting his certificate is RW Walton Theall, DDGM of the 11th Masonic District.

Recognizing 70 Years in Masonry, by way of Key West.


Pictured L to R: RW Shawn Williams, DDGM of the 15th Masonic District, Bro. Ejerico Fernandez,
W Terry Fowler, GM, and WB Albert Robichaux, Worshipful Master.
On July 9, 2021, Brother Ejerico Fernandez, of Key West Lodge No. 64, GL of Florida, was presented with a certificate for his
70 years of service to Freemasonry, at Metairie Lodge No. 444. Presenting his certificate was Grand Master of Louisiana, M
W Terry Fowler, with approximately 70 attendees present.

Lodge hosts Hunter Education Course in Plain Dealing


Hunter education students and instructor WB Wimberly "Peanut" Day, PM.
On July 8th, 9th, and 10th Plain Dealing Masonic Lodge No. 237 hosted a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunter Education Course.  The 10 hour course was attended by 19 students from Caddo, Bossier, and Webster Parishes.  On the evening of July 9th a light dinner of hot dogs, chili, and cheese nachos was provided by the Lodge.
This is the second time that Plain Dealing Masonic Lodge No. 237 has hosted a hunter education course.

Michael Dempsey Lodge No. 327 Honesty & Integrity 2.0

The members of Michael Dempsey Masonic Lodge No. 327 hosted a 2nd Honesty and Integrity Award ceremony on
July 6, 2021.   The members, through their appropriate committees, determined seven high school juniors to receive
the Honesty and Integrity Award a few months ago, however one of the students was not able to attend that night back in May.  The members of the lodge felt it was appropriate to host another award night because each young person deserves their special night. 
Mr. Tate Turnage, a 2022 senior at Jena High School, received the Honesty and Integrity Award.
Mr. Turnage was accompanied by family from as far away as Wisconsin, visiting a Masonic lodge for their first time. 

Pictured L to R: Tate's parents, Stacy and Charles Turnage, MWB Lloyd Hennigan, PGM,
Tate Turnage, and W
BKevin Ray Jones, Worshipful Master.  

Tate Turnage and his visiting family.

Urim Lodge No. 11 Honors Patrick Lewis

Pictured Foreground L to R: Patrick's Father, Brother Ray Lewis, Junior Warden, Patrick Collin Lewis, and WB Mark St. John, Worshipful Master.  Background Photobomb by Brother Shawn Smith, Senior Warden.


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