The first announcement said Federal Hall. A follow-up notice said St. Paul's Chapel, although I think that was an accident. Now comes word that the Grand Lodge of New York's annual re-enactment of the first presidential inauguration of Bro. George Washington will take place at Masonic Hall.
|Bronze likeness of George Washington|
taking the presidential oath of office.
Same time: High Twelve.
Location: Renaissance Room, Sixth Floor, Masonic Hall.
This change was decided due to the lawlessness in the streets (my words, not Grand Lodge's) on and around Wall Street. In the interests of safety and preserving the historic George Washington Inaugural Bible, this very enjoyable celebration will take place under a Masonic roof.
It's a shame decent people cannot use public spaces, but that is where we are today as a society. And no, I do not believe Washington and the other Founders waged the Revolution and founded our free society so that there can be anarchy and filth in the streets. They created a land governed by laws, not a mobocracy. The French Revolution was mob-friendly. The American Revolution was very different.
If you can get there, please do so. You'll enjoy a singular occurance in Masonic culture.
Masonic Hall is located at 71 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.