Representatives from multiple Masonic orders including the Blue Lodge and Knights Templar will speak at Old Independence Regional Museum Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will be in conjunction with a new Masonic exhibit debut. The exhibit, funded by Mt. Zion Lodge #10 in Southside, focuses on the history and charitable works of five Masonic orders: Blue Lodge, Cryptic Masons, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, and Eastern Star. “The presentation will give people a peek into Freemasonry,” stated Mt. Zion Lodge #10 member Ted Stepanek, “they will be able to see that there is more to Masonry than secrets.” Following the presentation, Masonic members will be available to take questions about the fraternity.  

“The exhibit and presentation provide a unique opportunity for the general public to meet and learn about an organization shrouded with mystery,” said museum director Amelia Bowman, “the curious and skeptical alike are encouraged to attend.”  The exhibit is funded through a new museum fundraising campaign “Spotlight On…” For $500.00 the donor can have a month long exhibit about themselves, their family, a club, or an organization curated by museum staff. Additionally, the museum will host an event for the donor during the month of the exhibit. Contact the museum for more information.

 The program will be free and open to the public.  Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville. 

 Old Independence is a regional museum serving a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.  Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820’s Arkansas territory.