Calling All Masons!

The 2019 Spring Reunion of the Valley of Santa Fe will extend from May 3rd through May 5th this year and the Valley of Santa Fe earnestly requests that all Scottish Rite Masons attend this reunion to welcome a brand new class of Scottish Rite Freemasons to the fraternity.

The 2019 Spring Reunion class is named the Illustrious Benjamin “Bill” Friedman, 33° IGH Class in honor of one of the guiding lights of Freemasonry in Santa Fe. Bill Friedman lived a life of service to his community and to his country and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Over the weekend of May 3rd through May 5th, the Valley of Santa Fe will confer and communicate the 4th through the 32nd Scottish Rite Degrees. This reunion is one of two held by the Valley of Santa Fe during the year to initiate new Scottish Rite Freemasons.

The lessons imparted in the Scottish Rite Degrees are timeless and universal throughout all mankind and the manner in which they are conferred in the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple is nothing short of mystical. Very few Scottish Rite Valleys confer as many degrees as the Valley of Santa Fe and even fewer can perform the degrees in a century-old theatre with their original sets and costumes. It is truly a unique opportunity and something that every Scottish Rite Freemason should experience.

All Master Masons in good standing are eligible and welcome to receive the Scottish Rite Degrees. To request a petition for the Degrees, please contact Secretary José Montaño by e-mail at secretary@nmscottishrite.org or by phone at (505) 982-4414.

If you aren’t a Mason yet you can find out how to become one at the Grand Lodge of New Mexico’s website www.nmmasons.org. We look forward to having you join us.

Spring Reunion–Valley of Las Cruces

Practicing the Grand Encampment formation, 32nd Degree

Practicing the Grand Encampment formation, 32nd Degree

The 2019 Spring Reunion of the Valley of Las Cruces will be held on Saturday, April 27th. If you are a Master Mason in good standing and are interested in becoming a Scottish Rite Mason, contact Secretary Robert Northrup by e-mail at secretaryvlcsr@gmail.com or by phone at (575) 523-7171 to learn more.

Read more about the Valley of Las Cruces on our website. The petition is also available to download here.

"The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple" receives the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award

The Historical Society of New Mexico has awarded The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre the 2019 Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award "for an outstanding publication or significant contribution to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history".

As it was explained to the authors and editors of the book, The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple is, "described as 'absolutely amazing,' your book does a wonderful job of presenting the accumulated knowledge of New Mexico's pioneering Masons, as well as the story behind the building's unique architecture and its rich theatrical legacy."

This is a very significant accomplishment and the authors and editors accepted the Twitchell Award during the 2019 New Mexico History Conference and signed copies of The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, and Theatre. The award was presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 30th, in Albuquerque as part of the 2019 New Mexico History Conference.

More information can be found on the Historical Society of New Mexico's website, www.hsnm.org, and the book can be purchased on the New Mexico Scottish Rite's website, www.nmscottishrite.org, or by contacting our secretary at (505) 982-4414.

 
The Cover of  The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple  from the Museum of New Mexico Press

The Cover of The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple from the Museum of New Mexico Press