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© 2012 Montana Masonic Foundation, Inc. All rights                About the Cover
reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed,            The painting on the cover “First recorded
modified or distributed without the express prior written
permission of the copyright holder.                                meeting of Masons in Montana, Mullan Pass) was
                                                                   done by Brother Irvin Shope as the artist concept
   When reprinted, articles should note:“Reprinted                 for the 1937 competition of the painting that would
with permission of The Montana Freemason Magazine.                 ultimately be commissioned for the Grand Lodge
                                                                   building in Helena, it was one of six submitted. The
                                                                   contest was awarded to O. C. Seltzer. This painting
                                                                   was given to Governor Roy E. Ayers (Captain Scott
                                                                   No. 98) and hung in his office while he was Governor
                                                                   of Montana. The painting was later given to Don R.
                                                                   Ayers of Lewistown, who in turn presented it the
                                                                   Masonic Lodge in Lewistown in 1984.

   Please direct all articles and correspondence to :               Irvin “Shorty” Shope was a traditional western
   Reid Gardiner, Editor                                          painter, illustrator, and muralist. He was born in
   The Montana Freemason Magazine                                 Boulder, Montana on May 11, 1900, as a teenager
   PO Box 1158                                                    and worked on his family’s ranch. He attended Reed
   Helena, MT 59624-1158                                          College in Oregon and graduated with a degree in
   (406) 442-7774                                                 fine art from the University of Montana. He was
   Articles submitted should be typed, double spaced              heavily influenced by Edgar S. Paxson. Shope was a
and spell checked. Articles are subject to editing and            charter member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
Peer Review. No compensation is permitted for any                 He died on November 22, 1977 at age seventy-
article or photographs, or other materials submitted for          seven; one of the last Western artists able to trace
publication. All photographs must be identified as to             his artistic lineage directly to one of the two men
who took the photo and the names of the individuals               who inspired the formation of the CAA – Charlie
who may appear in the photo. E-mail all photos and                Russell. Shope was a member of Morning Star
articles to the address above.                                    Lodge No. 5 and was raised to the sublime degree
                                                                  of a Master Mason on February 20. 1960.
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                                                                    Photo of the painting was taken by W. Bro. Earl
                                                                  Bricker of Friendship Lodge No. 37.
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