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Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838 – 2013

HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM: Treasures of Arkansas Freemasons, 1838 – 2013: The exhibit correlates with the 175th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas, in downtown Little Rock and also features George Washington’s Family Bible which will be on display for the entire length of the exhibit. In New York on April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States. When it was discovered that a bible had not been arranged for, one was provided by a Mason in attendance. The bible Washington used came from nearby St. John’s Lodge No. 1, Ancient York Masons—and they have preserved it ever since. George Washington’s Inaugural Bible has been used in the inaugural ceremonies of Warren G. Harding, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush. George W. Bush planned to use the bible for his inauguration but was unable to due to inclement weather. Admission to the exhibit is free. The exhibit will be on display Friday through July 12.

This event was posted Jan. 31, 2013 and last updated Feb. 1, 2013

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