The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is pleased to announce that its new book, The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, is now available! The hardcover book has 248 pages with full-color photos and is $39.95 plus shipping and handling, and sales tax, if applicable.
Soon after the Museum & Library was founded in 1975, the collection began to grow. Masonic aprons were among the first donations. Today, with more than 400 aprons, the Museum & Library has one of the largest collections in the world. Examples date from the late 1700s to the present and come from the United States, England, China and other countries.
Called "the badge of a Freemason" in Masonic ritual, the fraternity's apron was adapted from the protective aprons worn by working stonemasons during the 1600s and 1700s. Still worn by members today, the apron remains one of the iconic symbols of Freemasonry. Written by the Museum & Library's Director of Collections Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., this catalogue presents more than 80 aprons from the collection. The aprons are organized chronologically to help demonstrate their evolution in shape, style and materials from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century.
To order your copy, visit www.scottishritenmj.org/shop today!