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Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle Meeting Notice

Tabernacle meeting notice frontThis meeting notice is among the new acquisitions currently on view in the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives. This notice was sent to all members of Tabernacle Chapter, inviting them to the December 20, 1915 meeting. Depicted on the front of the notice is an illustration of the Biblical Tabernacle, the chapter’s namesake. The illustration has further symbolic resonance as well, since the Royal Arch Chapter’s room is meant to be a representation of the Tabernacle, in the same way that the lodge room of Craft Masonry is patterned after Solomon’s Temple.

The inside of the notice includes information about what business would be conducted on the evening of December 20, 1915. The business of that evening included voting ("balloting") on new candidates, as well as the conferring of two Royal Arch degrees: Mark Master Mason and the Past Master Mason degrees. Near the end of the notice, on the right hand page, is a reminder to members about an upcoming social event. Under the heading "Don't Forget Ladies Night," the notice reminds members that tickets were available for that year's New Year's Eve party, to be held on the last night of 1915.


Tabernacle meeting notice inside




Above and at left:

Meeting Notice, 1915
Tabernacle Chapter
Malden, Massachusetts
Gift of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle, Malden, Massachusetts, MA 300.



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