Lake Masonic Center Rededication

UPDATE:  Pics!

The Grand Lodge of WI Officers

The Grand Lodge of WI Officers

Me Ligting the Three Lesser Lights

Me Ligting the Three Lesser Lights

The Grand Master looking West from the Altar

The Grand Master looking West from the Altar

The Lake Lodge Pipe and Drum Corps

The Lake Lodge Pipe and Drum Corps

The Grand Master giving his Address

The Grand Master giving his Address

Better pics are coming.

Original Post:

Square and Compasses

Square and Compasses

The lapse of time, the ruthless hand of ignorance, and the devastations of war have laid waste and destroyed many valuable monuments of antiquity, on which the utmost exertions of human genius have been employed… Freemasonry, notwithstanding, has still survived…”

-from the Fellowcraft lecture, Multiple-Letter Cipher with Monitorial and Floor Work for Symbolic Lodges under the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin, 1999 Revised Edition of work Adopted June 10, 1975

After the recent vandalism (the “ruthless hand of ignorance” from the quote above), the building has been restored to pristine condition.  We will be taking this opportunity to symbolize the Fraternity’s triumph over adversity by having a Rededication Ceremony on Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 PM at Lake Masonic Center, 1235 E. Howard Avenue, Milwaukee.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event as new Masonic Temples are rarely built nowadays.  The Grand Lodge of Wisconsin will be in attendance to officiate, led by Most Worshipful Brother Craig S. Campbell, Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin.  The Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Wisconsin will serve as honor guard.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this memorable and significant civic event.  You do not need a reservation.

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  1. #1 by Phillip on April 9, 2010 - 11:38 AM

    I am honestly not sure if I can make it. It’s kind of that way for everything. I’ll probably put up a post later on.

    I’ve always wanted to go inside of there too, just to see what it’s like. I drive past there fairly often, at least once a week, and it’s rather close.

    • #2 by Joshua on April 9, 2010 - 5:14 PM

      Now that it’s rebuilt, it’s really nice. Before the incident, it was kinda drab – in a 1950s union hall kinda way. We had been meaning to overhaul the interior for some time – the vandalism just accelerated that process.

  2. #3 by Chadwick on April 11, 2010 - 7:00 AM

    Oh, crap, that was yesterday. I hope it went well?

    • #4 by Joshua on April 11, 2010 - 7:32 AM

      Exceedingly! It was such an incredible thing seeing the Lake Lodge Pipe and Drum Corps alive again after nearly 75 years of being dormant. They led the procession of Grand Lodge officers. The Grand Master did the short form of the Ceremony since the building architect is no longer living. It will still very impressive.

      • #5 by Chadwick on April 11, 2010 - 8:42 AM

        Oh, nice. Was it just the rededication that brought them back into service, or is this something that had been in the works?

        • #6 by Joshua on April 11, 2010 - 11:27 AM

          Well the rededication is what brought them back into service but they plan to continue now, which is awesome!

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