Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Nebraska

Grand Lodge of the Month - March 2014

Most Worshipful Brother Joe D. McBride, Grand Master

The Grand Lodge of Nebraska was chartered in 1857, when Nebraska Lodge № 184 (chartered from the Grand Lodge of Illinois), Giddings Lodge № 156 (chartered from the Grand Lodge of Missouri) and Capitol Lodge № 101 (chartered from the Grand Lodge Of Iowa) came together to form the Grand Lodge Of Nebraska. Thus, Freemasonry predates statehood by ten years.

Upon formation, these three Masonic Lodges who first comprised the Grand Lodge went on to become known as Nebraska Lodge № 1, Western Star Lodge № 2, and Capitol Lodge № 3, respectively.

Robert C. Jordan of Capitol Lodge № 3 was the first Grand Master of Masons in Nebraska, serving from 1857 through 1859. Today, a medal is presented in his name to the oldest Mason in each lodge in the state.

The Nebraska Masonic Home was incorporated in 1888 and established on September 1, 1903, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. The Home is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of its residents by offering a continuum of care through gracious assisted living and quality nursing care to eligible members of the Masonic family.

In 1985, the Grand Lodge established a charitable foundation with its board of directors elected by the all Nebraska Freemasons. Since this time the Foundation has sponsored scholarships, scholarships for the Masonic All-Star Marching Band and the CHIP program. It also maintains a library and museum at the Grand Lodge office and contributes to the George Washington National Memorial Association and the Nebraska D.A.R.E. Project. It has provided financial assistance in reimbursement for Friendship/Prospect Nights held by subordinate lodges, and provided funding for the national Grand Master’s Conferences.

On February 3, 1990, during the 133rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, a resolution was passed extending fraternal recognition to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F&AM of Nebraska. That same year, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge reciprocated that recognition. Since then brothers of both Grand Lodges participate in each other’s degree work, and Table Lodges.

Today, the 148th Grand Master, Joe D. McBride, presides over 139 local Lodges and more than 12,200 Brothers. Among its many distinguished and honored Brothers are William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, General of the Armies John J. Pershing, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, Baseball Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn and numerous Nebraska governors, U.S. senators and congressmen.

The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Nebraska
1240 North 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508