The “Traveling” Apron

This “jet-setting“ piece from our textiles collection, made of leather, satin, and silk, dates back to 1911 and is inscribed with the names of the Freemasons who wore it and where they traveled, beginning with MW J. Claude Keiper, Grand Master of DC, FAAM, at the cornerstone laying of our very own House of the Temple in Washington, DC. During its many documented journeys in 1926 with Sovereign Grand Commander John Henry Cowles, 33°, the apron traveled to lodges in Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, and the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia).