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    The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, commonly known as Scottish Rite, is one of several Rites in the worldwide fraternity known as Freemasonry. In the Scottish Rite, the central authority is referred to as a “Supreme Council.” The Supreme Council, 33°, with headquarters located in Lexington, Massachusetts, is the governing body of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction(NMJ)
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    Freemasonry was formally established in South Bend in 1842, when on May 24 of that year, St Joseph Lodge No.45 was chartered. There were 13 members. South Bend then had a population of about 500. Since that time the city has grown to a population of 100,000, and Masonry has grown in equal proportion.
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The Badge of a Freemason - Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite


Called “the badge of a Freemason” in Masonic ritual, the fraternity’s apron was adapted from the protective aprons worn by working stonemasons during the 1600s and 1700s. Still worn by members today, the apron remains one of the iconic symbols of Freemasonry.
This catalogue, by Aimee E.Newell, Director of Collections, presents more than 100 aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library collection with full-color photographs and new research.The aprons are organized chronologically to help demonstrate their evolution in shape, style and materials from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century. This lavishly illustrated volume offers stories to be enjoyed by Freemasons around the world, as well as new ways to understand these aprons for scholars, researchers and museum curators. The Badge of a Freemason is the first in-depth study of American Masonic aprons published in recent decades and is a fascinating resource for collectors, enthusiasts and Freemasons.

Special Discount for Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction members and Museum & Library members $33 (plus sales tax, if applicable, and shipping) (membership must be current)

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