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Friday, February 10, 2012

Masonic Education Conference- Friday night

Cliff Porter, founding member of Enlightenment Lodge #198 in Colorado Springs, CO, spoke after dinner Friday at the Cedar Rapids Scottish Rite Temple to kick off the 2012 Grand Lodge of Iowa Masonic Education Conference. Brother Porter's talk focused on how we can make Lodge a more fulfilling experience, and unlike some of the articles I have read on this topic, he went beyond replacing electric lights with candles.

I was fortunate enough to kick off the conference Friday morning with several hours in the Iowa Masonic Library researching my new paper, an analysis of the Door Lecture. While there, I learned from Bill Kreuger, Assistant Librarian, that the digitizing of the Index Rerum is over halfway complete. Index Rerum is a one-of-a-kind Masonic resource: it is a handmade index of Masonic Periodical articles stretching back over 150 years. The Library is entering each of the 400,000 plus records into a database to be digitized and made available to anyone on-line.

The conference continues tomorrow.

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