My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Stories Maps Tell Exhibit

Several weeks ago, we went to Lexington, Massachusetts to the:
Supreme Council Headquarters Northern Jurisdiction
Masonic Museum and Library (also called National Heritage Museum)

I usually refer to it as the Masonic Museum, and am especially fond of it because it is located a mile from where I grew up. Over the years, they have had some excellent exhibits my husband and I have seen. There used to be large exhibit devoted to the Revolutionary War, but it was removed because more office space was needed.

We were the only visitors in the current exhibit, Journeys and Discoveries: The Stories Maps Tell, and we were amazed at the maps on display and their age. A description  of some of them may be seen in the link above. All were protected and I took many photos with plans to share, until we left the room and saw the sign with the "No Photographs to be taken." I debated what to do, because the majority were close-ups and of the place cards describing the map and date. The following week, we went back, and I talked to some of the staff and told them what I did (one laughed and said he didn't want to hear it). I said I'd like to use a few of the grouped maps to put on my blog, he waved me on. Since I can't show the place cards, you unfortunately are missing out on the stories of the maps.

If you love maps, and are in the area, I recommend this FREE exhibit to you. They weren't sure how long it would run, but I hope you find time to check it out. Note: there are many museum pieces which I will show in a future post.