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The Level  December 2015  No. 475

Grand Lodge AF&AM of Montana

                 A Call for Historical Montana Masonic Artifacts

  With the 150th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Montana fast approaching, the curator of your Montana Ma-
sonic Museum is planning an exhibition which will open in June 2016 and run through December 2016. The Mu-
seum is a hive of activity with new exhibits planned or under development and older exhibits undergoing an update
and/or expansion. Plans include a new section relative to DeMolay history. The Cornelius Hedges section is also
expanding. New museum items are being added, plus others, long hidden in storage due to lack of space, are making
their debut. The focus of the exhibition is Montana Masonic history from 1866 to present.

  I am asking all Lodges and members to look for and consider loaning or gifting the following general types of items
for these exhibits:
1. Items of the Order of DeMolay, such as banners, hats, jewels from Chapters that have closed, items of well-known
Senior DeMolay’s, etc...
2. Unique or interesting items that once belonged to Past Grand Masters or well-known Montana Masons.
3. Historically significant or unique artifacts that are being held by a Lodge.
4. Items unique or significant to Montana Masonic history.
Help preserve Montana Masonic history and celebrate the fraternity that shaped Montana over the past 150 years.

  We have loan and gift agreements that can be utilized to ensure provenance and ownership.
  We look forward to hearing from anyone with treasures that may be appropriate. Contact the Grand Lodge Office
at 406 442-7774.

Brian J. Murphy, Grand Master

                                    Kindles for Kids

  For 2015-2016 the Montana Masonic Foundation will place emphasis on Kindles for Kids as the main focus of the
Reading Awareness program. The instructions and updated forms will be mailed to each Lodge, and the forms will
also be available at the Grand Lodge Website. The match for funds has increased to a maximum of $1000.00 per
Lodge. Under the Kindles for Kids program all Kindles will be purchased by the Montana Masonic Foundation, the
lodge will send its match check to the Foundation and received the Kindles.
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