A Century of Masonic Purpose 1951

The Grand Lodge of Oregon at the 1951 Annual Communication had the newly assigned Centennial Committee give a report on the progress of the upcoming September 1951 Centennial.

As a side note many Masonic Lodges in the Oregon Jurisdiction each were preparing for their own 100th Centennial Observance. In many of the lodge historical files held within the archives of the museum of the Grand Lodge of Oregon can be found the individual lodge centennial programs.


In 1951 an address was given at the Oregon City Senior Hight School.  The program was called, “A Century of Masonic Purpose”.

A Century of Masonic Purpose
An Address Upon the 100th Anniversary of the
Founding of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons of Oregon

W. R. May
Editor Co-Publisher
Oregon City, Oregon

Location was
Oregon City Senior Hight School

September 15, 1951

Paper PDF

Digital Archives Grand Lodge of Oregon Centennial Observance 1951 Oregon City 1951 J. C. Wilkinson Files D9 295, 297-318, 329

You can access the above J. C. Wilkinson File at  Digital Archive Digest No. D9


Masonic and Eastern Star Home – 1919 Committee Correspondence

A wonderful item has surfaced while indexing for the Grand Lodge of Oregon Digital Archives.  Correspondence from the Committee on Raising Funds for the future Masonic and Eastern Star Home.  Wonderful item that was found.

Digest 16, Page 135


Grand Lodge of Oregon – Administration Construction

The Grand Lodge of Oregon A.F. & A.M. Administration building is a wonderful example of the perfection of Masonic Balance.

Enjoy the pictures of its construction 1998-1999.


GLO Digital Archives Index – New Addition

Recently several three ring binders from the 1940’s surfaced created by PGM Carl Patterson.  His detailed typed notes on the creation and management of the Education Fund and Building Association is very detailed.  The reasoning and use of these notes are at this time not clear.

Two new additions to the GLO Digital Archives.  The Building Association which was a sub-committee to raise money and build Masonic Temples in the Portland Oregon area.

The ongoing collection of Education Fund records is growing all the time.  The new addition to the Digital Archives is enlightening.


Building Association

Building Association GLO  


Education Fund

GLO Education Fund 

2023 Exhibit “The Beginning” Ends Dec. 30, 2022

The MWB Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library and Museum 2023 Exhibit “The Beginning” will end on December 30, 2022.
The new Exhibit for 2023 will document the Grand Lodge of Oregon’s creation of the different Charities and Programs from 1851 through the start of the new century.
The title will be forthcoming.
If you would like to visit the Library and Museum to enjoy the current Exhibit “The Beginning” the Library and Museum is open each Friday and by appointment.

Oregon Freemason – Magazine

A new project has began at the MWB Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library and Museum.

Scanning project of the Oregon Freemason Magazine that was very popular from the 1940’s – 1970’s.

The first year available within the library was 1943 and this is now available for view.

These files are fully searchable which is very interesting when looking for a specific lodge, surname or event.

Oregon Freemason Digital Archives GLO – Fully searchable. 

Lodge Symbolic of the Grand Lodge of Oregon

The “Lodge Symbolic” is a unique item that is housed within the Archives of the Grand Lodge of Oregon A. F. and A. M.  It is used for dedications of Lodges and Lodge Buildings.

The history of its creation has not surfaced yet during the inventory of the collections of the new MWB RMR Memorial Library and Museum.  It is hoped that some day the history of its creation surfaces.

From memory and the use of pictures that have surfaced since 2017 the Lodge Symbolic has been used 5 times.  Within this gold box is housed the Vessels of the Grand Lodge of Oregon A. F. and A. M.

Sheridan Dayton No.64 Dedication of their Building 2002.

Portland Scottish Rite Blue Lodge Dedication 1979


Where / When was the Lodge Symbolic used from memory:

  1. 1979 June 24 Portland Scottish Rite Blue Lodge Room Dedication
  2. 1996 – Rogue River No. 226
  3. 2004 – Sheridan-Dayton No. 64
  4. 2008 – Esoterika No. 22
  5. 2016 – Enlightenment No. 228


Brother Traveling on foot to Annual Communication 1872

Mentioned in notes from our first Grand Historian John C. Wilkinson

“WM of Blanco Lodge at Marshfield Traveled 224 miles which 75 were on foot in 1872 to attend Grand Lodge. It says that he was an old man at the time of his trip.’  Source:  Digest 9, Page 250.  https://richmondlibrarymuseum.com/


Map – Genealogy of Masonic Grand Lodges of the U. S.

Genealogy of Masonic Grand Lodges of the U. S.
Masonic Service Association of the United States


The Grand Lodge of Oregon’s copy of this map of the genealogy of the Masonic Grand Lodge of the U. S. is framed.  Here is a wonderful clear digital copy.

Program October 6, 2022 Beaverton No. 100

There will be a program given at Beaverton No. 100 on October 6, 2022 Titled, “MWB Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library and Museum Grand Lodge of Oregon Digital Archives – Online Resources” This is a Tiled meeting which begins @ 7PM.

From 2015-Current there has been major changes with Grand Lodge of Oregon Library and Museum.  This program will share the evolution of these changes and what is now available online for all to use.