Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sesquicentennial of the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho

150-years ago, Freemasons from all over southwestern Idaho assembled in Idaho City; some traveling up to a week in frigid conditions. It was a noble cause of founding the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Idaho that these men, these Brothers, faced the vicissitudes and inclemencies of the winter season.

Today, Freemasons from all over the State of Idaho gathered together and traveled to Idaho City to honor the actions of our forebearer's and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of this Grand Lodge. This event came about from the planning of myself as the Junior Past Master of Idaho City Historic Lodge No.1863, the Worshipful Master of Idaho Lodge No.1 who owns the building, the Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden, and the Most Worshipful Grand Master.

Once we arrived in Idaho City, a lovely 32°F (0°C), the Most Worshipful Grand Master convened Grand Lodge. The Most Worshipful Grand Master then did a public installation ceremony for the Worshipful Masters of Idaho Lodge No.1, Boise Lodge No.2, Placer Lodge No.3, and Silver City Lodge No.13 (created from Owyhee Lodge No.5 and War Eagle Lodge No.6); these Lodges were the founding Lodges of the Grand Lodge of Idaho.

We then traveled back to Boise and had a banquet where the Grand Historian and representatives of the founding Lodges gave a history of Freemasonry in Idaho. The food was great as was the Brotherhood and fellowship. 

Happy Birthday to the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho

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