Star in the East Lodge is the oldest existing Lodge in New Bedford, Massachusetts, although it was not the first Lodge organized there. This lodge has a crazy past from whaling to the abolitionist movement. In this episode, we are joined by Adam Pimentel and Brian Fernandes of Star In The East Lodge to walk us through the amazing history of their lodge. You won't want to miss this one.
"The history of the Lodge was for many years the history of Freemasonry in this town. It was the central home about whose hearth gathered not only its own members but many visitors. In its history the names of large numbers are entered from other places From every New England and Middle State from nearly everyone in the West and South and from the Pacific Coast; from Nova Scotia, from England, from Scotland, from Ireland, from France, from Germany, from Spain, from the Sandwich Islands, from St Helena, from Australia, from China, names of men unused to our ears besides a long list whose Lodges were not recorded. It reminds us not only how territorially broad is our Institution but how many this Lodge at the gateway of the sea welcomed within its portals. And it suggests to us the thought how far the name of Star in the East has been carried. Composed very largely of hardy sailors, the adventurous sons of this port have visited the Lodges of the world and everywhere found a Brother's welcome. The universal language has given and received admission where the known language of the tongue would fail and has opened the doors where workmen nobles and princes met on the level of a common manhood the only platform known in Masonry."
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