On September 8, 1791, the Grand Lodge of New Jersey granted a charter to a small group of pioneers living in Cincinnati, a newly settled town tucked in the southwest corner of the untamed Ohio Valley. The dangers of the frontier delayed the charter for more than three years, but in December of 1794, the first members of Nova Caesarea Lodge No. 10 met to elect their officers.
Subsequently, Cincinnati Lodge No. 13 was chartered in 1806 by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, made up of members who had originally formed Nova Caesarea Lodge No. 10 under their New Jersey charter fifteen years before. They returned the charter to that grand lodge prior to requesting a new one from the closer Grand Lodge of Kentucky.
Even though Ohio had statehood approved by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, it would take until 1808 for Cincinnati Lodge to join with five others to form the new Grand Lodge of Ohio. But at 225 years old, the renumbered and renamed Nova Caesarea Harmony Lodge No. 2, as it has been known since 1813, is one of Ohio’s oldest Lodges, predating the Grand Lodge and even Ohio’s own admission into statehood.
On September 10th, 2016, the Grand Lodges of Ohio, New Jersey and Kentucky will come together and celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of the original Nova Caesarea Lodge No. 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Nova Caesarea Harmony has invited those Lodge’s to participate in a joint EA Degree together and we are honored to say all of them have accepted our invitation! Therfore, on Saturday September 10th we will confer a joint EA Degree on a live candidate. There will be representatives in attendance from The Grand Lodge of Ohio, Kentucky, and New Jersey given our historical connection to each of these Grand Bodies. The event will be held at the historic Glendale Lyceum located at:
865 Congress Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45246
The event will begin with a lite lunch/social hour at 11AM.
A Lodge of EA’S will open at noon.
Following the Degree a presentation from RWB Moises Gomez, Past Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, will be offering a presentation on Nova Caesarea Harmony’s connection to the the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, this presentation will be open to all Masons as well as non-Masons. There will be a buffet dinner to follow.
The cost of the event is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. These fees apply if you are not a member of Nova Caesarea Harmony Lodge. As the Masons will enter lodge at noon we have made arrangements for non-Masons to be transported to Shriners Hospital for a guided tour.
Please note that there is limited seating and RSVP’S are first come first served. You may RSVP by contacting us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will accept RSVP’S based on seating availability up until 9/1/16.
The dress code for the day is coat and tie.
We hope you’ll consider joining us!