EDMOND — 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.
The society meets on the third Monday of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists.
Membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research.
For more information, call Oneson at 209-6666 or go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okegs/.
Oneson, whose hobby is genealogy, graduated from the University of Maryland and received her residency training at the University of Virginia.
She obtained a master's degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health before attending medical school.
Her fellowship training in surgical pathology and cytopathology was at The George Washington School of Medicine.
Oneson is an owner of Heartland Pathology Consultants. She is the current president of Edmond Genealogical Society.
Carolyn Leonard is publicity director of the Edmond Genealogical Society.