VOL. 3 • NUMBER 4 • WINTER 2014-15
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Supreme Council, 33°
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Ronald A. Seale, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander

Joan Kleinknecht

Brent Morris, 33°, G.C.

Jason Van Dyke, 32°, KCCH
Assistant Editor

Elizabeth A. W. McCarthy
Creative Director

Jeri E. Walker
Media Production Manager
Our Friends are a vital asset to the library. By encouraging interest in its collections and services, the members act as goodwill ambassadors for this unique institution. Amicus Librarium, a quarterly publication, is intended to provide you with essays, book reviews, and a wide range of information about the Library’s history, news, and events. Amicus Librarium welcomes your contributions.  Please send not only your suggestions on items you would like included, but also your essays, book reviews, and photographs you would like to share with us and other Friends.  I look forward to hearing from you. To become a Friend and receive Amicus Librarium, please click the "subscribe" link in the message or drop me an email, and I will add you to the distribution list.
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We welcome your questions about anything that you have ever wondered about Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite, symbolism, or our library. If your question is chosen, it will be answered in a future issue of the Amicus Librarium. Questions not chosen for the newsletter will be answered via email. Please contact the House of the Temple Librarian with your questions at: call (202) 777-3139 or email at: jkleinknecht@scottishrite.org.

“Let us remember that the mission of our Rite is far from over.  It is for us to continue and expand its tenets, its good works, it renowned accomplishment to generations yet to come.  Building on the firm foundation of our Scottish Rite heritage and living by the example of the Illustrious Brethren who have gone before, we can, together, build yet more stately temples of moral excellence and Masonic achievement for the betterment of all humankind.”  

C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33° Past Sovereign Grand Commander

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Happy New Year 2015!

Supreme Council Library Receives Generous Book Bequest

Our staff recently completed the first stage of cataloging a generous bequest of 529 pieces we acquired from the estate of Dr. Claude H. Harris, Jr., 33°. Among the collection are some 489 Masonic works—301 books, 186 periodicals, one facsimile, and one manuscript.

The next steps in the cataloging process include protecting and preserving damaged books in the collection and determining where most appropriately to place these materials in our library. For now, the entire collection resides the second floor of our main stacks.

Thanks to the generosity of members like Ill. Harris, our Masonic library continues to grow. If you are interested in donating materials, please contact Joan Kleinknecht at 202-777-3139 or jkleinknecht@scottishrite.org. You may also visit http://scottishrite.org/headquarters/library/librarian for contact information.

Claude Harrison Harris, Jr., was born June 6, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, with a PhD in History, and is a published author in English and French. Ill. Harris served as Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F.&A.M., and was a dual member of the Scottish Rite Valleys of Alexandria, Va., and Taipei, Taiwan.


The Scottish Rite Journal's "New Age"

With the new year comes a new format for the Scottish Rite Journal. This time it’s handheld, as the Journal proudly rolls out publication on all major mobile platforms: Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes Newsstand. This means that you now can have the Journal instantly delivered directly to your portable device—like tablets and smartphones—as soon as it is published and wherever you are!

While Scottish Rite members and print Journal subscribers still will be able to open their mailboxes every two months to find the latest news and notes from around the Scottish Rite, they now have the additional option of reading the Scottish Rite's flagship publication on their portable internet device—in a format designed specifically for it.

To use the new Journal app:

  1. Search for “Scottish Rite” in the Apple iTunes App Store, the Google Play Store, or on the Amazon Fire App Store, depending on your mobile device.
  2. Download the app.
  3. When prompted, agree to subscribe—it is free.
  4. New issues will be auto-delivered to you when published.



4th Annual Celebrating the Craft Web Event

Join us on May 16, 2015, for the fourth annual Celebrating the Craft (CTC) web event. You can join us here at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., for the LIVE show or you can watch online at ScottishRite.org from 6:00 pm EDT until Midnight. Music, magic, comedy, celebrities, never-before-seen video content from the House of the Temple and Valleys across the country, and so much more will be included in the webcast.

For the past four years, members from across the world have pledged their time and resources to the House of the Temple’s Rebuilding the Temple Campaign. This year our goal is 100% participation—our hope is every Brother, Valley, and Orient, will join us in support of our Rebuilding the Temple Campaign by participating in CTC.


Scottish Rite Has Talent!

Bro. J. Alexander Strachan, 32°, KCCH and Casper the DoveScottish Rite Has Talent is a program that supports our annual Celebrating the Craft (CTC) web event. Brethren from across the world have the opportunity to submit videos of their talent. Eighteen talented entry winners will be invited to perform live during CTC on May 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Lodging and meals will be provided from May 14-17. Winners will be responsible for their transportation to D.C. Full program details regarding CTC and Scottish Rite Has Talent can be found online at: http://scottishrite.org/development/giving/celebrate.

Pictured above: Bro. J. Alexander Strachan, 32°, KCCH, Valley of Phoenix, Ariz., performed a live magic show during the 2014 CTC webcast.


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Correction from the Amicus Librarium, Fall 2014:
Book donor, Gerald Klein is from the Valley of Corinth, in Corinth, Miss., and currently serves as the Chief Adept of the Mississippi College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (SRICF).
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