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Below is the second of two e-mails sent to my personal SCMason's e-mail list on February 16, 2004 announcing Don's lecture at the College of Charleston, along with excerpts from a newspaper article.

Mel Sinclair

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Brethren, I have posted a newspaper article on the website from the Sunday (15th) Charleston, SC, "Post and Courier", with information regarding an exhibit that begins on Friday. If you can make it to Charleston on Friday, it should be well worth your time. On Friday, February 20, @ 4:00 pm, Ill. Bro. Don Burbidge will be giving a talk, at the College of Charleston's Halsey Gallery, entitled "Masonic History of Charleston".

Below are excerpts from Sunday's newspaper article. Click on the link below to view the entire article. http://www.clansinclairsc.org/burbidge.htm Scroll down a bit to the first yellow "New" tag line; you can't miss it.

Also read two new (posted today) DeSaussure papers from Don. (also marked by yellow "New" tag line).

It would be good, for those who can, to come out and support and encourage Bro. Don.

Fraternally and sincerely yours,
Mel Sinclair

*****Excerpts from Post and Courier article*********************

Buff Ross, the Halsey curator who has organized the project, says, "Freemasonry has often been described as a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated with symbols. Masonic symbols and influence have extended far beyond the walls of the physical 'lodge' and continue to permeate numerous aspects of our collective material, cultural and social landscape."

Explaining the intricacies of the various fraternal groups, Dr. Frank J. Karpiel, visiting assistant professor in the department of history at the college, will give a lecture on "The International Lodge: Fraternal Societies at the Center and Periphery of Empire from 1750-1988" at 4 p.m. Friday.

Following Karpiel's lecture, Don Burbidge will discuss "The Masonic History of Charleston." Both lectures will take place in room 309 of the Simons Center for the Arts and are free to the public.

Also, an opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery located on the first floor in the Simons Center for the Arts. At 6 p.m., collector Bruce Webb will deliver a talk on the history and significance of the objects on display. Webb, who is from Waxahachie, Texas, has been amassing items for 15 years and has organized a collection of immense diversity and historical significance, according to Ross. Items from Webb's collection form the core of the exhibition, with supplementary artifacts provided by the Charleston Scottish Rite Center.

Among the objects on display are elaborately painted backdrops, banners, models, ephemera reflecting bygone rituals, decorative woodwork, intricate theatrical regalia, masks and detailed charts, most dating from the 19th to the 20th centuries.

To view the entire article, go to: http://www.clansinclairsc.org/burbidge.htm

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