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March Stated Meeting - Nacogdoches

Update - 3/3/15

Please see the information below on our upcoming meeting; the three most important pieces of information are as follows:
1. Please reserve your room at the La Quinta – ASAP! The block of rooms will be gone by 2/27.
2. The meeting will start at 9AM – instead of the usual start time! Please take note!
3. RSVP for the lunch by THIS FRIDAY 3/6 if you plan on being there. Cost is $15 per person but if you don’t RSVP you might not get fed! All other information is below!

Please join the officers of Texas Lodge of Research and our Most Worshipful Grand Master Michael L. Wiggins on March 21st as we return to the Oldest Town in Texas, Nacogdoches! The meeting will be hosted by Milam Lodge No. 2 with Raymond Wiggins and W:.M:. Jerry Crofford serving as the meeting coordinators.

The Hospitality Room will open around 4pm at the Jones House B&B located at 141 North Church St. At 7pm we will head to Clear Springs Restaurant - 211 Old Tyler Rd - for dinner. After dinner, we will retire back to hospitality room at the Jones House for our usual fellowship.

Rooms have been reserved at the La Quinta Inn in Nacogdoches for the rate of $55 per night. Please reserve your room by calling the hotel before 2/27 and asking for the Texas Mason rate. The number to the hotel is 936.560.5453.

The doors of Milam Lodge No. 2 will be opened Saturday morning at 8AM with coffee and donuts served. At 9AM we will begin the business portion of the meeting followed by the election of officers. Around 11AM a catered lunch will be provided at the Lodge for those who RSVP followed by a celebration of Past Grand Master Leonard Philip Harvey’s 87th birthday! To RSVP please send an email to Secretary Truitt Bradly at secretary.texaslodgeofresearch@gmail.com.
After lunch our outgoing Master, Dr. Jim Rumsey, will deliver his Master’s Paper followed by the Installation of Officers. We hope to wrap up the Installation Ceremonies by 2pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone in NACOGDOCHES!!!

Adding To Our Body Of Knowledge

For over fifty years, Texas Lodge of Research has been adding to the body of Masonic knowledge through research papers conducted by it members. This information is then published and distributed internationally to Masons and to Masonic Lodges and Libraries. Through quarterly meetings and regular publication, TLR inspires Masons of the Grand Lodge of Texas and other Grand Lodges all over the world to conduct research in the mysteries of Masonry and the history of our Craft, then submitting it for presentation. However, presenting a research paper is not a requirement of membership; many members join just to learn more about Masonry in general and the history of Texas Masonry in specific. Any Master Mason can become a member and our dues are only $35 per year. Click the Petition link for more information.

Ken Cochran

Encouraged To Write A Lodge History

I was asked to write a history of Empire Lodge as an extension of my
experience of writing a brief history of our lodge to present at the
dedication of the historical marker for our lodge. After the
presentation, I was encouraged by Right Worshipful Jerrel Jones, our
District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District No. 9B (Eastern
Collin County) and a member of our lodge to do a more complete
history and present that paper to the Texas Lodge of Research. That
encouragement was supported by other members of the lodge and I
suppose it was a consensus appointment because so many members
were curious about various events in our history. I am currently
reviewing the minutes of the lodge (interesting task since our charter
was granted in 1884) and have conducted several interviews with
individuals who know certain phases of the history. I have
interviewed two great-great grandchildren of charter members of the

David Stanfield, Full Member