Thursday, July 7, 2016
Masonic Treasures: Strike Up The Band!
He thought they were signs of some kind--of course he wasn't a band geek in high school like I was. I knew what they were right off. They are drum heads, and the Grotto was local. I didn't know they'd ever had a marching band. I put this picture up on Facebook, and within a few hours, I had a lot more information. It wasn't a marching band, the Gao Grotto had a parade drum corps for many years. In fact, one of the notes was from a friend of mine since grade school--his grandfather was a Gao Grotto Cavalier!
There were three of these--I kept one for my collection, gave one to a friend, and you'll find one on display in the Homer Temple Museum (IL). They really are interesting, and look great displayed on the wall at the museum--and I learned a little something about local Masonic history that I'll be able to pass on.
That's the fun part of collecting this . . . well, my wife has a term for it. Let's just continue to call these items Masonic treasures.
~Todd E. Creason
Posted by Todd E. Creason
is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011), A Shot After Midnight (2012) and Shot to Hell (2014).