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Video tour of Guthrie Scottish Rite temple is offered

The video tour will be part of the Edmond Genealogical Society meeting on Jan. 21
BY CAROLYN LEONARD Published: January 12, 2013

— Dr. Ruth Oneson will lead a video tour of the historic Guthrie Scottish Rite temple, commonly known as the Masonic Temple, during the Jan. 21 meeting of the Edmond Genealogical Society.

Guthrie was the territorial capital and later the first state capital before the state seal was moved to Oklahoma City in 1910.

The old Legislative Hall, which housed the state Legislature, and the land originally platted as the Capitol Park, is encompassed in the Masonic building.

Scottish Rite is one of four major branches of Masonic, or Freemasonry, orders. Organized in 1717, Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity.

European artisans were imported to work on the building, which is a virtual storybook of architectural history and includes a museum of Masonic history.

The ageless beauty of its classic lines marks it as a marvel in architecture and a wonder in stone and ornamental plaster.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is set for 6 p.m. at the Edmond Museum, 431 South Boulevard.

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