Richard Potter, “The Life of an Amazing Brother,” The First American-born Professional Magician; Courtesy Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center, Northampton, Mass., Photograph by Richard Sherer
A fair amount of hand-written, hand-addressed, and hand-mailed letters still find their way to me nearly every day. Can I share two letters that I received on the same day in late January?
Brother Richard Potter (1783–1825) was the first American-born professional Magician. Potter Place, New Hampshire, is named in his honor.
New England Artist Ethan Allen Greenwood was a noted American painter and around 1818 established the New England Museum in Boston. In 1819, Greenwood wrote that he had done a painting of “Potter the Ventriloquist,” one of the performers at his museum, in “8 hours.”
The poet John Godfrey Saxe, perhaps best known for “The Blindmen and the Elephant,” captured his memories of Richard Potter in the poem, “The Great Magician.”
In 2010, the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction increased its number of initiates and lowered their average age.
Recent research in the minutes of Holland Lodge No. 8, New York, establishes for the first time the Masonic membership of Maj. Pierre C. L’Enfant, the designer of Washington, D.C.
Bro. Don Browning’s 14° ring made an amazing journey back to him over 50+ years and 1500+ miles.
What would you say if someone in your lodge asked you, “What can I get from the Scottish Rite that I cannot find in my Blue Lodge?”
The work of updating and renovating the House of the Temple continues to move forward. Life safety improvements are a priority and are proceeding accordingly.
A direct cash gift can be the most convenient and helpful way to help the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign.
To really understand the culture of Masonry, to have a “feeling” for it, it’s very helpful to know something of the culture and history of the times from which it came. It greatly enriches the experience when we can relate the ceremonies of Masonry to our other knowledge and information.
A reception for the West Virginia Legislature was held the evening of January 27, 2011, at the Scottish Rite temple in Charleston, West Virginia, hosted by Ill. H. Jack Yost, 33°, Deputy for West Virginia, who is also a senator in the West Virginia legislature.
Illustrious Ernest Borgnine, 33°, Grand Cross, received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for his sixty-year career.
After nearly 100 years, the newly discovered and restored oil portrait of Ill. James Wakefield Cortland, 33°, SGIG in NC 1895–1914, was unveiled in the Valley of Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro is where the Cortland Lodge of Perfection was formed following his death while serving as SGIG in North Carolina.
In March 2010, Capt. Charles L. Stuppard, 32°, relieved Capt. William W. Crow as Commanding Officer of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, the first Joint Base established in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
The Air Force recently selected Lt. Col. Tony L. Millican, 98th Mission Support Group deputy commander, to be the senior officer recipient of the 2010 Air Force Lance P. Sijan Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership both here and during his latest deployment to Afghanistan.
Ill. Edward H. Fowler Jr., 33°, Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland, presented the Scottish Rite Foundation, S.J., U.S.A. a check for $6,000 on behalf of the Sir Knights of the Provincial Grand Lodge. SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, gratefully accepted the contribution and said, “This generous donation epitomizes the cooperation within the family of Freemasonry.”
Ill. Paul R. Kach, 33° (1900–1983) was an outstanding member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Baltimore, Maryland, and an ardent supporter of the Order of DeMolay. The essay contest, which bears his name, was established in his memory in 1984. Each year since then, the Scottish Rite supports the International Order of DeMolay via the Scottish Rite Paul R. Kach DeMolay Essay Contest with DeMolay International headquarters selecting a theme.
Bro. Jack LaLanne, KCCH, passed away on January 23, 2011. He was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert, celebrity, lecturer, and motivational speaker who was widely referred to as “The Godfather of Fitness.”
The San Saba Scottish Rite Club of the Valley of Austin, Texas, has embraced the Master Craftsman Program with gusto.
The Supreme Council, 33°, S.J., launched its redesigned website, www.scottishrite.org, on January 4, 2011.
A research lodge exists for the purpose of encouraging the exploration of the history and philosophy of Freemasonry through the preparation and presentation of research papers.
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