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The Zarthan Lodge Bible

March 24, 2020

When doing an inventory of the Nelson Library, there are many, many copies and versions of the Holy Bible. They are small and large, in good and not-so-good condition, Masonic and non-Masonic style. By definition, a Masonic bible typically has

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The Temple of Solomon

December 31, 2019

The Temple of Solomon If you’ve been to the James B. Ladd Museum, you’ve no doubt seen the scale model in the farthest corner of the room…an artist’s rendition of Solomon’s Temple in ancient Jerusalem. It wouldn’t surprise me if you

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Exploring the Virginia Window

November 26, 2019

Without fail, when a first-time visitor to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center (MMHC) enters the Col. James B. Ladd Museum and Charles W. Nelson Library, they emit an “ooh,” “ahh,” or a gasp when they see the stained glass art

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Accessing the Charles W. Nelson Library

September 27, 2019

Most of the people reading this know that the Heritage Center has a library. It’s classified as a private, special or reference library. By definition, a special library is often limited to a few topics or subjects. It’s no surprise

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picture of fob

A Fabulous Masonic Find: Golden Globe and Cross Fob

May 9, 2019

Recently, Theresa Norman, our Museum Curator, came across an unusual find as she was cataloguing items that have been donated or gifted to the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center over the years. It was a fob—an ornament attached to a watch

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Kevin & Valerie work on inventory

Illuminating Masonic History

August 17, 2018

While museums may seem like fixed collections of artifacts, a lot goes on behind the scenes that patrons never see. At the Colonel James B. Ladd Museum and Charles Nelson Library, one ongoing task is making a thorough inventory of

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New Grant Addresses Museum Inventorying Needs

January 29, 2018

Because museums both display and collect items, the task of keeping track of inventory can be an ongoing challenge. When it comes to inventorying the extensive merged collections of artifacts assembled for the Col. James B. Ladd Museum and Charles W.

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Preservation and the Role of Interns

December 5, 2017

Cataloguing and preservation are two common tasks integral to museum life. As new items are collected or donated, museums make records of the items and provide for their safe storage or display. This fall, an intern from the University of

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