The Centennial of organized Masonry in Colorado is being celebrated in three phases – historical reviews in the Lodges by Grand Master Leon H. Snyder, simultaneous communications of all Lodges on August 2nd, the actual anniversary, and a Grand Lodge Commemorative observance on September 16th and 17th.
The Grand Lodge is fortunate to have a patron of historical projects as Grand Master during its Centennial year. M. W. Bro. Snyder was largely responsible for the simulated “Lodge Room Over Simpkins Store” in South Park City near Fairplay. He visited all four of the historical Masonic monuments during the summer months. His itinerary of official visits included every Lodge in the state. At each he has related some of the history of the community and has touched upon the founding and development of the host Lodge.
The simultaneous communications of all Lodges in their own halls at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, August 2nd, emphasized the importance of Masonry to each member and to each constituent Lodge.
A specified program, including prayers written by Grand Chaplain Eric Smith and an Appreciation of Masonry by Grand Lecturer Albert E. Jameson, started the meetings. This was followed by local festivities of diverse nature.
An historical booklet and commemorative pocket piece were presented each Mason in attendance. Incomplete returns show 9000 were present.
Honored guests at the Special Communication of the Grand Lodge on September 16th in Denver will include a member designated by each constituent Lodge as well as Grand Masters and Secretaries of other Grand Jurisdictions. An historical tableau of 16 scenes will be presentcd by a cast of over 200 characters. Copies of this book will be presented those present.
On Sunday, September 17th, guests will be taken on a tour to the site of Gold Hill No.3 near Boulder and then through the Cradle of Colorado Masonry in Gilpin County. The final event will be a western barbecue at the site of Golden City Lodge No.1 where the Grand Lodge came into being a century ago.
How poor the speech, how scant the phrases seem
With which to clothe the Craft of ancient time
To tell in words, or line, in story clear
The Plan that Judah’s mighty king inspired.
BRO. J. V. SKIFF
Source: Grand Lodge of Colorado A.F. & A.M.