Local Freemason chapter to celebrate 200 years in Vigo County

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute Lodge No. 19, Free & Accepted Masons, will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the receipt of their charter Saturday, Sept. 18, with an open house and rededication ceremony at the Terre Haute Masonic Temple.

Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., visitors can go on guided tours of the Temple and view historic lodge records and artifacts. The open house will end with a rededication ceremony by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, which will be followed by an invitation-only banquet for members and their guests.

This Lodge, the first of nineteen Masonic Lodges to have existed in Vigo County over the last two centuries, is the oldest organization of any kind in both Terre Haute and Vigo County as a whole, according to a news release. It was organized in 1819 when thirteen local Freemasons received permission from the Grand Lodge of Indiana to establish a Masonic Lodge.

This event is free and open to the public, and according to the release there is no need to make reservations for the open house. For additional information about Terre Haute Lodge No. 19 or Freemasonry, visit the Lodge’s website at www.terrehaute19.com

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