Masonic Apron Archive
Every Mason is given a "Lambskin or white Leather Apron" by his lodge when he receives his first degree of Masonry. This apron is to be kept and worn with pride during his life, "... and at his death, to be placed upon the coffin which shall contain his mortal remains, and be with them laid in their final resting place...". In the cases where the apron does not travel with the Brother, but ends up at the Lodge, or with his family, the Grand Lodge of Washington has created an alternate final resting place in a crypt at Grand Mound, WA.
Process: Each apron received by the Library and Museum is given an artifact number and documented with a photo. Aprons of significant historical value or unique in some manner are kept within the Museum for display or research. Those not kept by the Museum are sealed and placed, by the Grand Master, in the Crypt during an annual event at Grand Mound. These Museum web pages document those aprons which have come through this process. One purpose is to assist future genealogical research by descendants of the Brother.