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Emessay Notes March 2006

The Twain Award

Dear Brothers,

Does your lodge have an interest in Masonic Awareness? You bet it does! So do we at the Masonic Information Center. In fact, MIC feels strongly that those lodges, which seriously support Masonic Awareness both within the lodge and throughout the community, deserve to be recognized. Additionally, these lodges need an opportunity to share their views and accomplishments with other lodges across North America, building a network of Masons committed to a strong Masonic fraternity today and into the future.

Based upon this understanding, it is with great pride that the Masonic Information Center announces a new award – to be called the Twain Award – to honor lodge achievement in Masonic Awareness. Participation in the Twain Award competition is a journey enhanced through learning, doing, and networking.

The Twain Award offers another step toward actualizing the Grand Masters’ call in 2004 for an MIC initiated public awareness program. The first step was the report, It’s About Time! that can be used as a resource for Twain Award participants.

We heartily invite your lodge to participate in this important effort to broaden and strengthen our Masonic identity and to do so with energy and creativity.

Good luck and best wishes! (This letter introduces the Twain Award. Complete information at http://www.msana.com/twainaward)

Lewis Apron

The Lewis and Clark Exhibition tour—which includes the Masonic Apron worn by Meriwether Lewis—is currently on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon until March 11, 2006. The exhibition then moves to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC from May 17 - September 11, 2006. After that date the Apron will be returned to its home at the Grand Lodge of Montana Museum in Helena, Montana.

Meriwether Lewis was the first Master of St. Louis Lodge #111, St. Louis, Missouri.

 (Source: Dave Prewett, PGM, Grand Lodge of Montana)

Masonic Memorial in Israel

On the only road leading from Eilat, Israel to the Egyptian border at Taba stands a Masonic Memorial. The Memorial is in the last circle before getting to the border and is located in the middle of the road.

(Source: B. C. Gravett by e-mail)

Veterans History Project

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The mission of the Veterans History Project is to collect and archive the personal recollections of U.S. wartime veterans to honor their service and share their stories with current and future generations. The Project also collects stories from home front civilians who worked in support of our Armed Forces.

How can I be part of this important project? You can volunteer to conduct interviews and collect historical documents. You may also organize interview groups and teach others how to conduct interviews. School and scout groups, retirement communities, churches, and other groups are a good place to start.

What kinds of items are included in the Veterans History Project Collection? Donated collections take the form of war veterans’ first-hand oral histories, memoirs, photographs, letters, diaries, official separation documents (DD-214), and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts.

Visit www.loc.gov/vets and print out an information kit, which gives you guidelines for conducting interviews and writing personal wartime recollections. If you don’t have Internet access, call the toll-free message line at 888-371-5848 to request an information kit.

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