Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana

Grand Lodge Library & Museum Prepares for
Founders Day Grand Re-Opening

From information submitted by Michael D. Brumback, PGM, Library & Museum Board Chairman

The Grand Lodge Library & Museum in Indiana Freemasons’ Hall is on track to open for Founder’s Day 2012. As of Thanksgiving week, dramatic lighting has been installed, the room is being painted to highlight exhibits, and the floors are being refinished. Our IUPUI Interns have completed the design phase of the project, and are entering the execution phase of building the exhibits. The 5th floor foyer is being updated, furniture is being reupholstered, and the new entrance will feature museum exhibits. Fourteen new display cases will be delivered in December, and all artifacts for the first displays have been catalogued and photographed, while future exhibit artifacts have been stored in compliance with archival standards. Many of our historic pictures have been digitized to be displayed on a touchscreen LCD monitor, along with numerous other artifacts for future virtual exhibits.

Since Thanksgiving, we have taken delivery of the new museum cases, the painting and lighting are complete, and the items for the first displays are being arranged. The descriptive and interpretive labels are now all written, and are being edited prior to going to print later this week. Thanks to Chris Hodapp for making a major  contribution to this portion of the project.

The new logo for the Library and Museum displayed above is the creation of one of our IUPUI interns, Emily Lytle-Painter. The logo’s nine stars symbolize the nine founding Lodges of the Grand Lodge of Indiana. Emily, our other intern Kate Massman, and numerous volunteers at the IUPUI Museum Studies Department are working very hard to assure that you will all be proud at our Grand Opening on Founders’ Day.

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