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Sutherland Masonic Temple, NT's 'hidden gem,' to celebrate its 125th anniversary


Thu, May 23rd 2024 07:55 pm

Submitted by Sutherland Lodge No. 826

The Sutherland Masonic Temple will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year with a series of special events and free tours.

In the late 1890s, a group of prominent North Tonawanda Masons, mostly from Tonawanda Lodge No. 247, decided the time was right to form a lodge in North Tonawanda. On June 30, 1898, they petitioned the Grand Lodge for a charter to form Master Builders Lodge, and dispensation was granted. On June 7, 1899, M.W. William A. Sutherland, grand master of Masons in the state of New York, granted a charter to operate as Sutherland Lodge No. 826. This was deemed normal for a grand master to have a lodge formed during his term in his name.

This lodge has been actively supporting the community through efforts of faith, hope and charity for 125 years.

On Saturday, June 8, there will be a public parade at noon and rededication of the Masonic Temple by the grand master of New York state. At 3 p.m., there will be a pig roast picnic banquet. Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com under Sutherland Lodge 125th.

In addition, the exhibit hall will feature a wide assortment of artifacts related to the history of the Masonic fraternity in North Tonawanda and beyond.

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