Masonic History Being Lost!

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Beathard, May 4, 2011.

  1. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Bretheren,

    I posted a message earlier and requested any information on Gamble Lodge #244 in a quest to write the History of a Lodge that demised 20 years ago. I have asked all 2 surviving members for their assistance. The problem is they are getting old. I called the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge has the minutes for 1859-1860.

    This got me to thinking. There are a lot of lodges in Texas that are down to around 30 members. Many of these lodges have been around since the 1850s. Not only are we at risk of losing the lodges, we are at risk of losing the history.

    I am going to attempt to write up Gamble #244, Flatonia #426, and Moulton #298.

    I am writing this as a plea to others interested in our masonic history to pick a small lodge and write up their history. Let's get it recorded before it is gone forever!

    Thanks,
    Gerry Beathard
     
  2. relapse98

    relapse98 Registered User

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    Our lodge is working on a history for our 100 year anniversary.
     
  3. Brent Heilman

    Brent Heilman Premium Member

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    That is a great idea. I will do the same but first I have to get through this EA and FC stuff. All in good time though.
     
  4. Michaelstedman81

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    This is a great idea. I am going to send you a PM with some questions. Thanks for posting this idea up!
     
  5. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Desperately looking for any information on Bastrop Lodge #58. It ceased to exist in the mid 1800s. Does anyone have anything?
     
  6. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

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    Once I'm chaired out, I'd like to consider such a task.
     
  7. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Just finished my history of Bastrop #58, Gamble #244 and Mina #1456. It has gunfights on main street and multiple building fires. Watch for it in a future TLR meeting.

    Now for Moulton Lodge. Hope to complete it by July 4th.
     
  8. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

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    This is important work. Thank you.
     
  9. chrisu0017

    chrisu0017 Registered User

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    I'd love to see it.
     
  10. JJones

    JJones Moderator Staff Member

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    A year or so ago we re-acquired most of our lodges history that was presumed to be lost. Our lodge is 150 years old tomorrow and these minutes managed to stand the test of time as well as two fires.

    If anyone is interested in having a read, we posted the more interesting points of our history on our lodge website:

    http://www.grandviewlodge.org/history.html
     
  11. Beathard

    Beathard Premium Member

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    Great site. Glad to hear that the minutes were found.
     
  12. nwendele

    nwendele Registered User

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    Quite the challenge! I am to be raised on the 30th. Look forward to trying to do my part!
     
  13. Nate C.

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    Don't the minutes of demised lodges go to GLOT for archiving?
     

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