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Community DevelopmentAnchor Lodge No. 224 Donates $500 to Williamsburg Community Museum

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Williamsburg Community Museum Donation

Williamsburg, Kansas (April 12, 2021)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with Anchor Lodge No. 224 to donate $500 to the Williamsburg Community Museum, a privately-owned museum in Franklin County working to preserve the history of Williamsburg and the surrounding communities. 

Founded in 1884, Anchor Lodge No. 224 is a Kansas Masonic lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge currently has 38 members and supports numerous local charities, including donating to the Williamsburg Community Building, fundraising and donating to the LeRoy community Honor Flight, providing scholarships to local Williamsburg and Waverly students, and promoting nutritional food programs in Williamsburg and Waverly grade schools. Anchor Lodge No. 224 has previously donated to the Williamsburg Community Museum to help cover the cost of utilities, building repairs, insurance, and new building additions and continues to support the museum in preserving local history. 

“The Williamsburg Community Museum is privately owned by Judy Simpson and her sister, Diana Macoubrie, two life-long residents of Williamsburg,” said Anchor Lodge No. 224 Master Steve Milliken. “Their mother and father founded Guy & Mae’s Tavern, and for many decades, Anchor Lodge No. 224’s charter was located above their restaurant. They have always been extremely supportive of our lodge, the town, the community, its people, and interests.”

Continuing to support the local community, the Brothers at Anchor Lodge No. 224 have teamed up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to provide a monetary donation of $500 to Williamsburg Community Museum to be used at their discretion. The museum consists of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, parsonage, the original museum building, and the recent addition of a second museum building. The funds will likely help cover utilities, building repairs, insurance costs, and expenses associated with the new building addition, a project initially completed at Judy and Diana’s personal expense. Anchor Lodge No. 224 will continue to support the efforts of the Williamsburg Community Museum in preserving local history and looks forward to seeing Judy and Diana around town for a morning cup of coffee. 

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here.

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