1817 Slave Manumission (copy)

In honor of the upcoming, June 29th Free Library Lecture , Freemasonry and The Underground Railroad, by RW Moises Gomez, Past Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, (Note: seating is limited, please RSVP at...

Benjamin Franklin Miniature Gold and Ivory Trowel

This trowel was found in the vault of the old United States Bank by: MW Daniel D. Tompkins Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York 1820-1822 Vice President of the United States of America 1817-1825 Governor of the State of New York 1807-1817 Grand Master Tompkins...

Tusk signed by Brother Peary

This tusk is signed by Admiral Robert E. Peary, and may be a match to one documented as having been made into a gavel for Peary Lodge No. 997, which was presented to the Peary Lodge No. 997, Yonkers, NY, by Right Worshipful Brother A. J. Squires. Brother Peary (b. May...

The 1824 Marquis de Lafayette Dinner at Grand Lodge

The Grand Lodge of New York hosted a Dinner in October, 1824, for the Marquis de Lafayette during his 1824 return visit to the United States. Four pages of The Albion newspaper covered the event, showing the seating at the dinner, and including Lodges and names of...

Painting of “America” by Paul Orban, 1931

A painting by Paul Orban showing “America” floating in air with an eagle behind her, and with representatives of the world’s nations on the ground below. See the original artifact record in the Online Museum by clicking here. This painting...

Santa Anna’s 1825 Scottish Rite Certificate

This is an extraordinary Scottish Rite certificate that confirms the previously undocumented membership status of Mexican President and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Click here to see the full artifact record in our Online Museum. There had always been the...

Vietnam War Masonic Gift Packages

During the Vietnam War, The Grand Lodge of New York sent Gift Packages to the soldiers in the field. Beginning in 1966, with $10,000 drawn from the Victory Chest Fund, the “Grand Lodge of New York initiated a ‘continuing gift package program’...

Painting, “First Working Tool” by Paul Orban 1929

Within the Museum Collection of the Grand Lodge of New York are many original paintings which illustrated The New York Masonic Outlook, the Grand Lodge’s official periodical and precursor to The Empire State Mason. This painting was by Paul Orban, an artist who...

1797 Sign, “E. Crosby’s Inn”

This very rare, two-sided inn sign is believed to have belonged to Epenetus Crosby, who “was an early tavern-keeper in Patterson, NY, on the road running south to Cowl’s Corners…” (Lathrop, 1926, pg. 265) See the full record in the Grand...