Signed and Sealed!
Once again, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington, Massachusetts, has a fantastic exhibit regarding masonic history! Signed and Sealed: Masonic Certificates is a fascinating look at early American documents that the colonies used to identify masonic brethren in good standing from other lodges.
Starting in the mid-1700’s, colonial lodges began giving new initiates certificates bearing the names of lodge officers, the lodge itself, and an impression of the lodge's seal. As the practice became more commonplace, some lodges began commissioning artists to design their certificates. Some artists replicated English examples, while other created entirely new designs for lodges to use! One of the more notable artists was Charles Cushing Wright, who designed the Royal Arch Certificate in the 1820’s.
Interested in this great exhibit? It is currently an ongoing exhibit at the Museum in Lexington, so you can visit it at any time! Additionally, many of these documents can be found through the virtual museum. To read more about the exhibit, click here. To see the virtual exhibit, click here.
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The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts.