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.
In January 2021 a package from an unknown sender arrived at the Grand Lodge of Oregon Administration Building. Inside was a long picture of the Annual Communication of Prince Hall Grand Lodge Photograph 1946. The original photograph was donated to Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM of Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Inc. Past Grand Historian Brandon Lee.
Photographs were taken of this photograph. It is sad to report that the pictures ended up not being very clear however the GLO Masonic Museum is very happy to have a digital copy.
PRINCE HALL LONG PHOTOGRAPH. 1946.
43rd Annual Communication of
Prince Hall Grand Lodge
Free and Accepted Masons
State of Washington and Jurisdiction
The MWB Robert M. Richmond Memorial Library and Museum was blessed with an internal environmentally controlled archive room for the protection and long term care of our jurisdictions collective history.
The evolution of this Archive Room has been very trying at times starting in 2018 when the entire collection of the Grand Lodge of Oregon Library and Museum was moved from its previous home in the Grand Lodge of Oregon’s Administration building.
2019 was dedicated to getting all of the library books on the shelves with new labeling.
2020-2021 was almost entirely used to organize the historical collection within the Archive Room in a way that can be easily used for researchers in the future.
In 2022 light is beginning to be seen at the end of the dark tunnel of massive amount of boxes that were stacked high in every corner possible.
Enjoy the pictures.
The evolution of the Grand Lodge of Oregon A. F. and A. M. Library and Museum is a lengthy story for a future researcher to take on as a project.
Added are pictures of the library and museum of the GLO when it was located within the Children’s Cottage of the Old Masonic and Easter Start Home in Forest Grove.
No one back then would have ever thought that the current MWB RMR Memorial Library and Museum would have ever been possible.