In December of 1968, the Scottish Rite Masons of the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States proposed the construction of a new national museum and library in Lexington, MA as a gift to the nation in celebration of the American bicentennial. Many prominent Masons, such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere played pivotal roles in the founding of our country. The Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite felt a history museum and library in Lexington—the site of their headquarters and the birthplace of the American Revolution—would be an exciting addition to the community. The National Heritage Museum, free to all, was opened on April 30, 1975 on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington.
In the more than 200 exhibitions showcased since its opening, the Museum has presented examinations of World War II, displays of Shaker furniture, and even a nostalgic trip across Route 66. In addition to the remarkable breadth of exhibitions, the Museum also presents workshops, lectures, family programs, and concerts and films throughout the year. The newly-launched Heritage Lecture Series features nationally renowned speakers, including filmmaker Ken Burns. The popular Heritage Music Series presents icons of folk, jazz, and bluegrass, like Livingston Taylor, Patty Larkin, and Loudon Wainwright.
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Donations will help support the Museum's work in collections care and preservation, research, educational programming for learners of all ages, and further website development to bring the resources of the Museum to those who cannot visit in person.
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