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Masons to hold cornerstone ceremony Saturday

March 2, 2018 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF — In keeping with a centuries-old tradition, the Masons of Nebraska will lay the cornerstone for Scottsbluff High School in a ceremony on Saturday, March 3, at 3 p.m. Community members are invited and encouraged to attend. The head of Nebraska’s Masons, Grand Master Patrick Barger of Lincoln, and officers from around the state will take part in the ceremony, which dates back several hundred years. George Washington, a Mason, laid the cornerstone of the nation’s Capitol in 1793 while dressed in Masonic regalia and serving as President.

Robert W. Furnas Lodge #265 of Scottsbluff is coordinating the event with Scottsbluff Public Schools and Hausmann Construction Inc. Items are being assembled to include the cornerstone that reflect today’s culture and the events surrounding the ceremony.

Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is based on the lessons of living a life of brotherhood and high moral standards as portrayed symbolically in the work of stone masons who built the cathedrals, abbeys and castles of Europe. Masonic lodges across Nebraska support local youth and community projects. Freemasonry, a benevolent, educational and charitable organization, provide $2 million a day in charity through its lodges and appendant bodies.