Veterans Day Message from the Grand Master

My Brothers, On November 11, we observe Veterans Day, honoring all members of the US Armed Forces. Originally designated to commemorate the end of World War I, we now honor all veterans of all branches of the American Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, the Coast Guard and the Merchant...

Steuben District GLC October 22, 2015

Steuben District Grand Lecturer Convention October 22, 2015 Steuben Lodge No. 112 was the host lodge for the Grand Lecturer’s Convention. They meet on the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The Village of Hammondsport is a local community that neighbors the Fair Grounds. The Village is in the town of Urbana and is just northeast of Bath. Lazarus Hammond founded the village around 1827. The village was incorporated in 1856. The village later became a center for the New York wine industry. The American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines Glenn Hammond Curtiss resided at Hammondsport, where he was born in 1878. Early development of aircraft and seaplanes was carried out at Hammondsport by Glenn Curtiss who had joined with Alexander Graham Bell and others in the Aerial Experiment Association. In 1921, five local men purchased a wood barrel factory just south of the present D.W. Putnam Wine Company, and named it the Aerial Service Corporation. Two of these men, Henry Kleckler, the President and William Chadeayne, Vice President, were formerly with the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, founded by Glenn Hammond Curtiss. Today this company is known as the Mercury Corporation. There was a warm and friendly atmosphere as I entered the building with the District Deputy. It was certainly a portend of what was on the horizon. I was able to convey many of the lessons portrayed in the degree with the assistant of Entered Apprentice, John Curry. He was very relaxed and eager to relive the degree that was just conferred upon him. The degree work and discussions proceeded with precision. The Apron Presentation was performed...

Washington Saratoga-Warren GLC

Albany Masonic Temple British army officers during the French and Indian War is considered to be the impetus for the creation of the Albany Temple.   The soldiers were a part of a military lodge that was organized in 1737 under the auspices of the Irish Registry, they met in Albany in 1758 and when they left certain members of the local populace who had joined the Masonic order were allowed to continue to meet and recruit for the Order until they could get own charter as a lodge. In 1765 they were made the Union Lodge #1 and in 1766 they were given the deed to a lot on the corner of Maiden Lane and Lodge Street by the city. The cornerstone of the first Temple on this site was laid the next year in 1767, with the Temple being dedicated in 1768. Prior to this meetings were held at Richard Cartwright’s Southside Inn. After the US Revolutionary War the lodge gave up its charter and was reorganized as Mount Vernon Lodge #3 in...

Albany Masonic temple

Albany Masonic Temple British army officers during the French and Indian War is considered to be the impetus for the creation of the Albany Temple.   The soldiers were a part of a military lodge that was organized in 1737 under the auspices of the Irish Registry, they met in Albany in 1758 and when they left certain members of the local populace who had joined the Masonic order were allowed to continue to meet and recruit for the Order until they could get own charter as a lodge. In 1765 they were made the Union Lodge #1 and in 1766 they were given the deed to a lot on the corner of Maiden Lane and Lodge Street by the city. The cornerstone of the first Temple on this site was laid the next year in 1767, with the Temple being dedicated in 1768. Prior to this meetings were held at Richard Cartwright’s Southside Inn. After the US Revolutionary War the lodge gave up its charter and was reorganized as Mount Vernon Lodge #3 in...

Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga “The Strength of the fort exceeds imagination. Nature and Art are joined to render it impregnable”   In the 1600s France and England both laid claim to the North American wilderness. Timber and fur promised great wealth and the new land expanded the empire. The two powers fought for dominion in the New World with little thought for Native people in the territory. The French built fortifications to protect their water highways that served their fur trade network. The Ticonderoga peninsula, which the French called Carillion, lay at the outer reach of the French empire. A chain of British forts along the Hudson River protected the growing population of colonial New York and New...