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October 18, 2013

Freemasons hold open house tomorrow

The Haverhill Masonic Building, 111 Merrimack St., will open its doors to the public tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the 2013 Fall Open House, a state-wide celebration of Freemasonry.

If you’ve ever wondered who the Freemasons are, whether they are the descendants of the Knights Templar, or what the inside of their building looks like, here’s your chance to find out.

This event is presented by the Merrimack and Saggahew lodges. Members of both lodges will provide tours of their building, talk about Freemasonry’s history, discuss its rituals, signs and symbols, and explain what they do.

In addition to tours and information, members of the two Haverhill lodges will be displaying many historical artifacts from their collections and archives.

Freemasonry in Haverhill dates back to 1802 with the founding of Merrimack Lodge and grew to the point that a second lodge, Saggahew Lodge, was chartered following the Civil War in 1865. Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the last millennium. As construction of these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their trade.

Freemasonry in Massachusetts is comprised of 35,000 members and more than 230 lodges throughout the state. More information is available by calling 800-882-1020, or online at www.askafreemason.org.

HHS Hockey Boosters dance

Haverhill High School’s annual Hockey Boosters dance will be tomorrow from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Garibaldi Club, 86 Washington St.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door. The event will include a disc jockey, raffles and appetizers.

More information is available from Stacy Roberts at 978-994-8098.

East Parish Meeting House open house

The East Parish Meeting House annual open house and pot luck supper will be Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Please bring a pot luck dish you would like to share. The Meeting House that stands today was erected in 1838 as a replacement for the original 1744 structure built by residents of the East Parish and Rocks Village areas, who used it as a community center and place of worship.

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