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Emessay Notes July 2002

Saco Museum Features Masonic Exhibit

Saco Lodge #9 is celebrating 200 years of Freemasonry with many events taking place throughout the summer. In addition we are very fortunate to have the Saco Museum located on Main Street in Saco, Maine (nearly opposite the Masonic Hall) with an exhibit about local Freemasonry in the State of Maine for the past 200 years. The exhibit features artifacts and Masonic items from the Saco Museum, Saco Lodge #9, the Grand Lodge of Maine, and local Freemasons. Opening the exhibit and Saco Lodge's celebration was The Grand Master of Masons in Maine, Charles Ridlon. He spoke about Masonry in Maine and the history of Saco Lodge. There will also be two more speakers during the summer: the Master of Saco Lodge, Carl Marsano with the Grand Lodge Librarian, James Dufresne; and John E. Anagnostis, PGM, PGS of Masons in Maine. Many tourists and visitors from the area attended the opening ceremonies at the museum and we expect there will be many more visitors attending the activities of Saco Lodge #9 throughout the summer. The museum exhibit will close on August 2, 2002.

 (Source: Grand Lodge of Maine News Release)

Masonic Rites in Castro's Bailiwick

Havana, April 25 --- Cuba's capital has a sovereign grand commander who wears a uniform, is privy to secrets and partial to symbolism. But he is not Fidel Castro. His name is Jesus Armada Pena, and he is a 33rd degree Mason who presides over Cuba's Supreme Council at an imposing, if age-worn, Scottish Rite Masonic temple in central Havana. Long discouraged and distrusted by the authorities, Cuba's Masons have seen their ranks more than double since the 1980's, to 29,000 members in more than 316 lodges across the island. 

Earlier this year, the Cuban government gave permission for two new lodges, the first since 1967. Along with other fraternal or mystical groups, like the Oddfellows and the Rosicrucians, the Masons have been attracting men searching for more enduring answers than those offered by Communism, the only system generations of Cubans have ever known. Members visit the sick in hospitals and help out their families. Mr. Armada's Masonic temple distributes medicine and vitamins donated by lodges in the United States and Europe. The brotherhoods are creating a mutual aid network that seeks --- very cautiously --- to provide what Mr. Castro's government does not or will not. 

(Source - NY Times, Apr. 30, 2002) 

The Genealogie of the Sainteclaires of Rosslyn

The Genealogie of the Sainteclaires of Rosslyn was compiled by Father Richard Augustine Hay (1661-1736), who had access to the Sinclair family papers, about 1700. His manuscripts, now in the National Library in Scotland, were edited and published, anonymously by James Maidment (1795-1879) in 1835. Maidment's work is exceedingly rare as only 120 copies were printed. His work is often cited as a source by writers who comment on a variety of subjects as diverse as: Scottish Freemasonry, the Sinclair family, Scottish history and Rosslyn Chapel. Those who have wished to consult this book have been hampered not only by its scarcity but also because Maidment reproduced Hay's Latin transcriptions without translating them. The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland determined therefore to produce another version in order to make it available to all who have an interest in Scottish Freemasonry. 

In order to make it more accessible the Latin Charters have been translated into English. (U.S. price not available at time of publication) please contact: Grand Secretary, The Grand Lodge of Scotland, Freemasons Hall, 96 George St., Edinburgh EH2 3DH - Telephone 0131 225 5304 - Fax 0131 225 3953 - Website: www.grandlodgescotland.com

Ernest Henry Shackleton

Bro. Norm Lincoln informs us The American Philatelist for October 2001 contains an article by Steve Pendleton on Sir Henry Shackleton. Denslow's does not list him but he is documented by Beltmann as well as the article on pages 1480/1 of the May-June 1999 Newsletter. Bro. Shackleton was initiated July 9, 1801, in Navy Lodge No. 2612, London. He attended the first regular meeting of Guild of Freemen Lodge No. 3525 in 1911 and was passed in that Lodge on Nov. 2, 1911. He was raised on May 30, 1913 in that same Lodge. A year later he was made Honorary Member of that Lodge and remained a member of both Navy Lodge and Guild of Freemen Lodge until his death. On Sept. 30, 1916, the English-speaking Lodges in Valparaiso, Chile, received the Brothers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Luis Alberto Pardo Villalon of the Lodge "Independencia" No. 38 in a ceremonious session as an expression of joy and appreciation for the courage and the knowledge of the latter who, with the ship Yelcho succeeded in bringing back members of Shackleton's crew from Elephant Island. Shackleton was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1874 and later entered the Merchant Marine. He accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to Antarctica in 1901. In 1907 he led an expedition to within 97 miles of the South Pole. He planned to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914 but his ship, S.S. Endurance, became trapped in pack ice in the Weddel Sea. The crew was forced into lifeboats and made it to Elephant Island. Leaving part of his men, Shackleton sailed to South Georgia Island 800 miles away. He then crossed the island to a Chilean whaling station. His men were rescued and in 1921 he again set out to Antarctica but died of a heart attack Jan. 5, 1922, in South Georgia. He is buried there. Stamps depicting Bro. Shackleton include British Antarctic Territory Scott #26, Ross Dependency Scott #L2 and South Georgia Scott #34. 

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason - Nov-Dec 2001)

 

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