Kansas Mason’s Day: Celebrating 160 years of Masons helping Kansans

LYNDON, Kan. – In celebration of Kansas Mason’s Day on Friday, March 18, national, state and local dignitaries will join the Grand Lodge of Kansas to rededicate the cornerstone of the State Capitol building, in Topeka.

In addition to the rededication, Gov. Sam Brownback will proclaim March 18, 2016, as Kansas Mason’s Day, in appreciation and recognition of the brotherhood’s philanthropic work during more than a century in the Sunflower State.

Chartered in 1856, five years before Kansas became a state, Freemasonry in Kansas is a brotherhood fraternity representing fellowship, integrity, leadership, and philanthropy – an ideology that early Masons used to help build the state and the Kansas Statehouse. On Oct. 17, 1866, Masons placed the original cornerstone for the State Capitol.

Known for organizing the popular East-West Shrine Bowl band camp that features more than 200 star high school students from across the state, there are nearly 18,000 Kansas Masons representing 225 lodges across the state. A large proponent for cancer research, the Kansas Masons have donated more than $25 million to the University of Kansas Cancer Research Center. University and technical college students in Kansas have been the beneficiaries of more than $5 million in scholarships, and Kansas Masons have pledged to invest another $20 million in new programming to support Kansans and Kansas communities throughout the state.

The local lodge in Lyndon, Euclid Lodge No. 101, was established in 1871. For more information, contact Steve Zerr, Euclid Lodge No. 101 secretary, at 785-280-2439.

Information thanks to Euclid Lodge No. 101, Lyndon.

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