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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 24, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House


Masonic Bible

"The Order of the Builders for Boys"

Copy presented to Howard Hensel by James Coyle of Normal Park Lodge No. 797 A.F.A.M Chicago IL

Dated 11/10/25

Hard to find - This is the first bible I've seen from this organization.

From the Scottish Rite Journal, Southern Jurisdiction USA

The Order of the Builders for Boys was formed in 1921 for young men between the ages of eleven and twenty-one related to Master Masons.

Arthur M. Millard and several members of Van Renssalaer Lodge of Perfection in Chicago when in January 1921 (two years after the formation of the Order of DeMolay in Kansas City) they founded the Order of the Builders for Boys, an organization for young men between the ages of eleven and twenty-one. Originally restricted to the sons and brothers of Master Masons, membership was soon changed to admit sons, brothers, grandsons, and nephews of Masons who belonged to recognized Masonic Lodges as well as the closest friends of these individuals.

A ritual for the new organization was adopted on January 21, 1921, and consists of two degrees. The First, or “Apprentice Degree” teaches lessons similar to those of the first three symbolic degrees of Masonry—youth, manhood, and age—while the Second, or “Builder Degree” imparts lessons of patriotism and democracy, using such famous American Freemasons as George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin. Master Masons as well as the non-Mason fathers or legal guardians of members of the Builders are permitted to witness the initiatory ceremonies and to attend its regular business meetings.

Unfortunately much of the early history of the Order is unavailable, but it is reported that in the first year of the Order’s existence over sixty chapters were established in Illinois with a total membership of approximately 4,500. Membership soon spread into Pennsylvania, but apparently not many other states, if any at all.

Leather bound bible shows cover wear - most rubbing wear is around edges and spine, but overall cover shows some general wear & tear - Inside cover pages show some age toning - Text pages appear to be in good shape - I did not see any torn or missing pages - Nice solid gold gilt edged bible - Measures approx 7.5" x 5" inches.

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