Brush News-Tribune - Colorado
Masons to set cornerstone at Woodlin School
Larry Bodaness, Master of Brush Lodge #123 AF&AM announced that on Friday, April 8, Brush Lodge #123 with the assistance of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Colorado, will set a cornerstone at the Woodlin School building Southeast of Woodrow, Colorado at 10:30 a.m.
This event is open to the public and sponsored by Brush Lodge #123 Ancient Free And Accepted Masons. The school is located at 15400 Washington County Road L.
It is understood that members of state and county offices and associated Masonic organizations will attend the ceremony.
A time capsule will be installed behind the cornerstone. The capsule will contain a history of the Masonic Lodge as well as the history of the Woodlin School District and other items as provided by the two organizations. It is customary to seal the time capsule for 100 years.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend this ceremony.
The laying of cornerstones for public buildings has long been a standing traditional practice of Freemasons. Perhaps one of the most noteworthy examples of this was the laying of the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building in 1793 by George Washington who officiated as master.
A number of local buildings have Masonic Cornerstones including the Washington County Court House, the Washington County Justice Center and the Washington County Events Center. The Cornerstone of the Colorado State Capital building was laid by Freemasons in 1890 and rededicated in 1990.
Freemasonry arrived in Colorado with the early miners.
Today in Colorado, there are about 1500 Freemasons who belong to one of 134 Lodges scattered throughout the state.
The Colorado Masonic Grand Lodge celebrates its 150 anniversary this year.
The Masonic Fraternity is world wide. In the United States alone there are about 3.4 million Masons.