Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Minnesota

Grand Lodge of the Month — October 2013

Most Worshipful Brother David E. Olson, Grand Master

Masons have been making a difference in Minnesota since their arrival to Minnesota Territory in 1849. Early Lodges were formed in Stillwater, St. Paul and the hamlet of St Anthony.

The three Lodges formed prior to the creation of our Grand Lodge were: St. Paul Lodge № 223 of Ohio, dispensation granted August 8, 1849; St. Johns Lodge № 39 of Wisconsin, at Stillwater, on October 12, 1850; Cataract Lodge № 121 of Illinois, at St. Anthony, on February 5, 1852. Thus, the stage was set for the formation of the Grand Lodge on February 24, 1853, more than five years before Minnesota attained statehood. The first three lodges were officially designated as St. John’s Lodge № 1, Cataract Lodge № 2, and St. Paul Lodge № 3.

The close connection between the Fraternity and the growth and progress of the State of Minnesota is illustrated by the continual involvement of our members in public life. Fourteen Masons have served as Governor of Minnesota. In addition to these Minnesotans other Minnesota Masons also gained national prominence. Harold Stassen, Hubert H. Humphrey, Doctors William and Charles Mayo and many other distinguished Minnesotans have been members of the craft.

Today, the Grand Lodge of Minnesota has approximately 14,000 members and 150 lodges located throughout the state. Minnesota Masons are involved in many charitable activities including the Minnesota Masonic Home, the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum. Additionally, many scholarship programs are available for graduating high school seniors and returning students.

Grand Lodge of Minnesota
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
11501 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomington, MN 55037