Volume LVSpecial Inaugural Edition January 2008Number 1

Brother Lafayette's
250th Birthday Commemorated

Birthday wishes were given at "The Music of Lafayette" concert to Brother and General Lafayette and his Lady (portrayed by John L. Weber, a Revolutionary War reenactor and member of the Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society, and Elizabeth L. Weber) seated in Corinthian Hall.

To honor the 250th anniversary of Brother Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, a series of special events were held in the Masonic Temple on the weekend of Oct. 20. The Saturday program, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, had two excellent lectures on different aspects of Bro. Lafayette's 1757-1834 life delivered by Dr. Stuart Leibiger, Chairman of the History Department at Philadelphia's La Salle University, and Dr. Robert Allison, the Chairman of the History and American Study Departments of Boston's Suffolk University. A wonderful luncheon at the historic 1773 City Tavern, complete with a talk by Bro. Lafayette, and a walking tour of sites related to the French aristocrat in Philadelphia's Olde City and Society Hill sections followed.

The festivities were concluded on Sunday with an organ concert by renowned organist Marc F. Cheban, co-sponsored with St. Alban Lodge No. 529, Philadelphia, in the Masonic Temple's beautiful Corinthian Hall. The program, entitled "The Music of Lafayette," was a fitting way to honor a dedicated Mason who was truly a hero of both the Old and the New World. All who attended had a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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