|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
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.