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


Triplet Freemasons – Lafayette No. 3

  While working on the scanning project of “Oregon Freemason Periodicals” I came across this wonderful item of Masonic History.  This is even more important for my lodge of Union No. 3 in McMinnville Or.   Lafayette No. 3 consolidated with Lafayette No. 3 in the 1990’s.

This is a perfect example of the hidden and forgotten histories that are hidden within our old books, periodicals and records within our lodge and Grand Lodge archives.

What is hiding in your archives?




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 

Oregon Freemason Magazine – 1947 Now Available

The MWB RMR Memorial Library and Museum has added the Oregon Freemason Year 1947 to the Digital Archives.

Oregon Freemason Magazine

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.

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.

Digital Archives New Addition – 1926 Program 75th Anniversary GLO

During inventory of old boxed Grand Lodge of Oregon Museum items this little gem surfaced.  A new addition to the ongoing re-discovery of the history of the Grand Lodge of Oregon that has been hiding in boxes for decades.


Poems from WB Dale B – Union No. 3 McMinnville Or.

A wonderful example of love of poetry is shared for all.  In Union NO. 3 in McMinnville Or. we were blessed with a wonderful man and Freemason WB Dale.  He was our Poet laureate.  During many degrees and meetings he would sit quietly and listen to the business of the lodge diligently writing the poetry for the night.  At the end of the meeting he would raise his hand and announce to the WM in the East that he had something to share.  He would slowly stand and present his poem to the Brothers.  Those nights are greatly missed by this Brother.  Our dear WB Dale is greatly missed.


GLO – Digital Archives New Addition

The Library and Museum Committee is very excited to announce the upload to the GLO Digital Archives the GLO History Volumes 1-3.

Grand Lodge of Oregon History Volume 1-3