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The Masons are one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the world. First organized as a guild for stonemasons who were employed in the building of the great cathedrals of Europe between 900 and 1600 A.D., they now have millions of members throughout the world and more than 2-1/2 million members in the United States. The official name is Free and Accepted Masons, and they are dedicated to "the ideal of charity, equality, morality, and service to God." George Washington was a Mason and took his first Presidential oath of office on a Bible borrowed from a Masonic Lodge in New York City. Other famous Masons range from Beethoven to John Wayne. Gainesville's Masonic Temple was dedicated on April 29, 1909; it is located on the corner of North Main Street and Northeast 2nd Avenue. This postcard, dated July 9, 1914, was copied with the permission of Archie L. Jackson.
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