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Hoyt Exhibit Unveils Secrets, Symbols of Masons, Odd Fellows

by staff, The Business Journal, November 1, 2022

“Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Art,” explores the art and accessories of two fraternal organizations. Themes of charity, fellowship, labor, passage, and wisdom can be found throughout the 80+ carvings, textiles, sculptures and adornments in the main galleries. Although both brotherhoods placed an emphasis on ideal behaviors, they also attracted their fair share of criticism for exclusivity. Fraternity of Brothers: Freemasonry in the Valley of New Castle explores the regional history of Freemasonry that prompted the construction of The Scottish Rite Cathedral. Nearly 200,000 men were initiated in the “golden age” of fraternalism, which lasted into the early twentieth centuries.

Exhibition will remain on view at The Hoyt until Jan. 26. Most activities are free, but registration is required by visiting

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