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Glimpses of the Past May 17 2012 Freemasonry in the Southwest

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Date: May 4, 2012
Contact: Valerie Duran, 505-425-8025

Glimpses of the Past May 17, 2012

"Freemasonry in the Southwest."

Las Vegas, NM: Fort Union National Monument announces its monthly Glimpses of the Past presentation, "Freemasonry in the Southwest" to be held at the CCHP/Santa Fé Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street, in Las Vegas, Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 7:00PM. In March 1862, as Union soldiers reveled in the victory against a Confederate invasion of New Mexico, the first Masonic Lodge of the Territory was started at Fort Union. From this simple and humble beginning at Fort Union 150 years ago, Masonry has grown and expanded to over four dozen Lodges throughout the region. Join Cary Culbertson, Past Master of Las Vegas' Chapman Lodge No.2 and discover the history of the Masons and how one of the world's oldest fraternities came to New Mexico.   

 The "Glimpses of the Past series are free in partnership with the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at (505) 425-8025.

Did You Know?

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In 1883 the Fort Union Dramatic Club, aided by the Twenty-Third Infantry band stationed at the post, performed in a two-night variety show in Las Vegas to raise funds for a post school. Tickets cost 75 cents for reserved seating and 50 cents for general admission.