Author Archives: Thomas Hauder, PGM

Tour the Nebraska Masonic Foundation Museum and Research Library


Tour the Museum and Research Library in a video on the Grand Lodge Facebook site.

The Nebraska Masonic Foundation has made great progress the past couple years cataloging more than 2,000 books, and is about ready to begin the same process with the artifacts in the Museum. You can also learn how to find online the books that are in the Library. The Foundation continues its efforts to preserve and protect valuable Masonic books dating back 150 years to more than 200 years ago.

Go to the Museum & Library database page to search the book collection or to make an appointment to tour the museum or do research in the library.

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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Masonic Education, Random Thoughts


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Masonic Jeopardy Games Online!


America’s Favorite Game Now for Masons!

Jeopardy® is the perfect game to learn more about Masonry and have some fun at the same time!

Play the games by yourself or at your next Lodge meeting for a change of pace in Masonic Education!

These games can be played on any device, in your browser with or without an Internet connection. Or download them for play later on!

Find the games on the Nebraska Masonic Education website under Programs or by clicking here

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Posted by on June 5, 2019 in Masonic Education, Random Thoughts


Help the Children’s Home Help Fremont

A7OC42VV6NC7FK6MHG4C7ZC7UEFor over 100 years, the community of Fremont has been a trusty and supportive partner with the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children campus.  The community of Fremont both Mason and non-Masonic has always been there for the home when needed.

Now it’s our chance to give back to the community!

The Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children campus will be the headquarters for a group of Disaster Relief workers from AmeriCorps for the next 3 to 4 months starting March 27.

They will be housed in the Children’s Home gym, however we need to provide shower facilities for them.

What we need:  2 portable showers or campers with showers that we can have for the 3 to 4 months the AmeriCorps workers will be in Fremont aiding in the relief and reconstruction efforts.

If you have a portable shower or camper that you can loan for any amount of time, to help out please contact us at:

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Posted by on March 21, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Nebraska Masonic Relief Historic Flooding and Storm Activity, March 2019


Nebraska has experienced historic flooding in the eastern part of the state and devastating blizzards in central and western Nebraska with major loss of farm and ranching assets and income in the month of March 2019. Many of our Nebraska Masonic family members have no doubt been affected by these catastrophic events and will need assistance to get back on their feet. Here’s how you can help.



The Nebraska Masonic Relief Fund is collecting monetary donations that will be dispersed to Masonic family members affected by the floods and storms through an application process. If the donations exceed the needs of our Masonic family, the funds will be donated to other flood and storm relief efforts. Those interested in making a financial donation to support relief efforts can do so by clicking the Donate button below.


Donations can also be mailed to Grand Lodge of Nebraska, 301 N Cotner Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68505. Checks should be made payable to Grand Lodge Relief Fund, with flood/storm relief in the memo field.

Thank you so much for your support of this relief effort.

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Posted by on March 20, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Grand Lodge Online Book Store Now Open!

The Grand Lodge of Nebraska’s Annual Communication was only a few short weeks ago, but the Education Committee is already implementing one of its objectives for the coming year: putting a Masonic Education bookstore online!

There you’ll find many of the books that have been reviewed by Education Committee members in recent years, plus many more that have been recommended by your brethren.  There’s something for everyone. Those just beginning their journey might be interested in the guilty-pleasure, “Freemasonry for Dummies,” while those further down the path may prefer “The Cave and the Light,” a fascinating history of the two greatest philosophers of the western world – Plato and Socrates.

For those brethren looking for something more adventurous, there are works of fiction, to include “The Lost Symbol” and “Crown of Serpents.” Anyone not averse to a little speculation (and what Speculative Mason is?) might enjoy the “The Rosslyn Hoax,” “The Masonic Myth,” and “Solomon’s Builders.” There are literally dozens of books included on the new books site, accompanied by helpful descriptions.

Importantly, the purchase of books from the GL website actually benefits Nebraska Masons because they are linked to the GL affiliate account.  The price of the books remain unchanged, of course, but a small percentage of all sales goes directly back to the Grand Lodge to support our many Masonic endeavors and causes.

Just go to the Grand Lodge website ( and click on the Book Store button!

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Random Thoughts


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Paden Cottage Opens!

Paden Cottage Opens!

On January 3, 2018 Paden Cottage opened with the first six children moving in!

It’s been a long construction cycle but the outcome is fantastic! The girls each have their own room with a private bathroom, a study desk and plenty of room to grow and become the person they are meant to be.  And thanks to Mrs. Lindly, they each get their own quilt to brighten up their room.

A big thank you from the Director, his staff, the children and the Board of Directors of the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children to all the wonderful donors that helped us make this vision a reality!

Special thanks to MWB Ivan Vrtiska for designing a wonderful building that feels like a cozy, welcoming HOME!

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Posted by on January 6, 2018 in Appendent Bodies, Children's Home


New Quilts for the Girls of the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children

New Quilts for the Girls of the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children

Saturday was a very special day at the Fremont home for the girls.  Ruth Lindly of Broken Bow (Mother of WB Kevin Lindly; Custer Lodge #148) decided that each of the children at the home should have their own quilt to stay warm this winter and today she delivered 20 quilts to the home!  The girls were allowed to pick out their favorite and were very excited!  Some even wore their quilts to lunch!

A huge THANK YOU to Ruth Lindly for this extraordinary gift to the children of the Fremont home!

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Posted by on December 16, 2017 in Children's Home, Random Thoughts


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2014 Installation Pictures

These are just a few pics we took during the installation.  The professional pics will be put up later.

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Random Thoughts


Pictures from the 2014 Annual Communications

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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Random Thoughts


Grand Lodge Bylaws now online!

Throughout this past year as I’ve met many of the Brethren, I’ve often been asked if the Grand Lodge could provide the Grand Lodge bylaws in electronic form.  Many Brethren (myself included) would rather carry the file on our phone, tablet or laptop, than carry the book.  So I have directed the Grand Lodge office staff to make the bylaws available on our web site.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Go to this link:  Bylaws  You can purchase an electronic copy and/or a printed copy

2.  Fill in “YES” to agree to the software license

3.  Finish up purchase using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account, just a credit card)

4.  You will then receive your copy of the bylaws from the office by e-mail.

A couple of things to note:

1.  The bylaws are searchable but the file is locked preventing changes

2.  New updates will be sent to you electronically each year

3.  Part of the software license is that you will not share this file.  Each person who wants a copy needs to purchase their own copy.

4.  By 2016, we will be phasing out the printed copy

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at the Grand Lodge office.

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Random Thoughts