Masonic Pageantry

The Inspiration for Scottish Rite Costumes, 1867–1920

  • Aimee E. Newell Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre
Keywords: Scottish Rite, United States of America, costumes, pageantry

Abstract

Between 1913 and 1920, the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite contracted to have 119 costumes designed for their rituals. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library has a complete set of these illustrations, which include notes about their design sources. This article provides an overview of the costumes and their sources, along with some biographical information on their designers. The designs are influenced by sources from inside and outside the fraternity and serve as an example of how the fraternity did not operate in a vacuum despite its secrecy.

Author Biography

Aimee E. Newell, Luzerne County Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre

Aimee E. Newell is the Executive Director at the Luzerne County Historical Society in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

References

Membership Archives, Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, Boston, MA

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Proceedings of the Supreme Council…of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (Boston: Supreme Council, 1913).

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Published
2018-07-03
How to Cite
Newell, A. E. (2018). Masonic Pageantry. Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, 6(2), 266-278. https://doi.org/10.1558/jrff.36815
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