Masonic Lodge members from Brush and throughout Colorado dedicated the new addition at East Morgan County Library during a traditional cornerstone-laying ceremony last Wednesday.
Colorado Lodge Grand Master Charles Johnson conducted the ceremony, in which members of the group symbolically examined the decorative cornerstone with a square, level and plumb before installing it in the building.
“This cornerstone has been duly tested and tried by the ancient implements of freemasonry, and I testify that the craftsmen have skillfully and faithfully performed their duty,” he said. “And I declare that this stone is well-formed, true and trusty, and laid according to the principals of our art.” Installed behind the stone was a sealed time capsule, which is not to be seen by human eyes for many generations to come, said Colorado Lodge Grand Orator Ted Brown.
The capsule contained a variety of items from the period in which the structure was built, including the most recent EMCL quarterly newsletter, photos from a recent ribbon-cutting at the library, a silver dollar, various artifacts from the Masonic Lodge and the June 9 edition of the Brush News-Tribune.
After installing the cornerstone into the structure, the masons applied corn as a symbol of goodness and plenty, wine as a symbol of joy and gladness, and oil as a symbol of peace. http://www.brushnewstribune.com/ci_15352603