Celebrate George Washington’s Inauguration … 225 years later

georgewashingtonThe National Parks Traveler website has put up a post about the upcoming celebrations of Brother George Washington’s inauguration.

From the post:

It was 225 years ago this April 30 that George Washington was inaugurated as the country’s first president. You can mark that occasion when the National Park Service celebrates it at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City.

It was on April 30, 1789, at 26 Wall Street in New York City that George Washington became the first president of the newly created United States of America. The Park Service is celebrating that event with a wide range of activities appropriate for different ages and interests. All activities are designed to bring history to life and offer a glimpse of the society and pageantry that surrounded the first inauguration. Read more »

Mar 24, 2014 - Famous Masons    No Comments

Brother George Washington’s Mount Vernon Home ‘New Room’ Restoration

MountVernonNewRoomHoai-Tran Bui has posted an article on NBC Washington’s website about the unveiling of the restoration of Brother George Washington’s ‘New Room’ at Mount Vernon.

From the article:

Historians had long called the biggest room in George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate “the Large Dining Room.” Where else would the first president hold his meals except in the most auspicious room?

It turns out they were wrong.

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Mar 20, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

On this day in 1853 Albert Pike joined the Scottish Rite

AlbertPikeCredited not only with overhauling the Scottish Rite, but with also writing all kinds of crazy nonsense if you believe what tinfoil hat wearing undereducated conspiracy nuts say, Albert Pike was quite the polarizing figure.  He was a Captain in the cavalry regiment of Arkansas Mounted Volunteers during the Mexican-American war, an American attorney, author, Confederate General in the Civil War, Freemason, and Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction).

From Wikipedia:

Pike was born in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Ben and Sarah (Andrews) Pike, and spent his childhood in Byfield and Newburyport, Massachusetts. His colonial ancestors included John Pike (1613-1688/1689), the founder of Woodbridge, New Jersey. He attended school in Newburyport and Framingham until he was 15. In August 1825, he passed entrance exams at Harvard University, though when the college requested payment of tuition fees for the first two years which he had successfully challenged by examination, he chose not to attend. He began a program of self-education, later becoming a schoolteacher in Gloucester, North Bedford, Fairhaven and Newburyport. Read more »

Mar 20, 2014 - Famous Masons    No Comments

17 Of The Most Influential Freemasons Ever

LogoBusinessInsiderChristina Sterbenz and Robert Johnson have written a piece over at Business Insider about the 17 most influential Freemasons ever.  Eric Goldschein contributed to the research for the article.  From Business Insider:

The Freemasons, a fraternal organization developed from the stonemasons, include more than 6 million members worldwide.

Despite nearing 300 years of activity, the Freemasons remain mysterious, with many of their records destroyed naturally by time. But a few member lists survived — and they name some of the most influential people throughout history.

While it is an interesting (and short) article, it appears that they may not have received the full story on the men they present as Masons.

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

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