• Frank T. Meninno

Weekly Update

Happy spring! Well, almost. We still have a fair amount of snow around here, and I have been knocking some pretty long icicles off of the building! But we are one day closer to spring today, so I can handle that. However...

One sign of the coming spring is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time! Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour or you'll be late for our... Open House, Sunday from 1-5 p.m.! I have selected a few interesting pieces to whet your historical appetite, so come on over and check them out. The coffee will be on, and you can check out some great items including... An invitation to the dedication of the Paul Dean Lodge Masonic Lodge in 1881! John Lufkin was a charter member of the Lodge, and found among his papers by his son (and fellow Mason) Charles Lufkin were two tickets and a handsomely printed invitation to the dedication. In 1881 the Masonic Hall was located on the third floor of the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, and the Masons met there until they purchased the former Swedish Lutheran Church on Williams Street in 1960. Masons had to climb a lot of stairs to get into the Hall, and then had to climb two more flights to get to the Masonic room. The stairs leaving the third floor are steep, and the railing looks like it drops nearly vertical from the top. Not for the faint of heart! One poor soul actually had a heart attack trying to attend one of the first meetings held up there. Below is a photo of the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, and if you look closely, you can see two small windows in the dormer just above the second floor that let some light into that third floor room. See you Sunday! Frank