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Masonic and Civil ServicesFreemasons Celebrate 100 Years on Fort Leavenworth
The Boughton Memorial Hall Association Hosts Centennial Celebration
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (July 1, 2022)—On June 22, 2022, one hundred years to the day that Masonic organizations dedicated Boughton Memorial Hall to Colonel Daniel H. Boughton, Kansas Masons gathered to celebrate and rededicate Boughton Memorial Hall to future generations. Among those in attendance were the Grand Master of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Kansas, four past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Officers, Deputy Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Kansas of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction) and his Personal Representative for the Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies, Potentate of Abdallah Shriners, Leavenworth’s Kansas State Representative, several prominent historians, and Masons from across the state.
The original vision of Colonel Daniel H. Boughton (1858-1914) was that the Freemasons at Fort Leavenworth should build a permanent home after the Masons were moved four previous times from borrowed space due to changing needs of the military. Although Colonel Boughton died in August 1914, his Masonic brothers formed the Boughton Memorial Hall Association to see his vision come to fruition. In the Army Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1920, the association was “authorized to erect and maintain a suitable building, under such regulations as the Secretary of War may prescribe, in and upon the United States military reservation at Fort Leavenworth.” The Masons later dedicated Boughton Memorial Hall in a huge ceremony on June 22, 1922.
Those attending this year’s event join the prestigious Brethren of previous centuries in becoming part of Boughton Hall’s impressive history. Adorned with pictures of many easily recognizable Masons who found great value in the fraternity while stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Boughton Memorial Hall features portraits of Generals Omar N. Bradley, Winfield Scott Hancock, Harold ‘Hap’ Arnold, and Harold K. Johnson, Colonel Daniel H. Boughton, and many Medal of Honor recipients. The facility is the only Masonic Lodge on a United States military installation and has been in continuous use since opening. In addition to housing Hancock Lodge No. 311, Boughton Memorial Hall is home to Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies, Fort Leavenworth Chapter No. 154 National Sojourners, and Bethel No. 28 Job’s Daughters International.
This year’s Centennial Celebration began with tours and refreshments, followed by an opening of Grand Lodge in the restored lodge room by Grand Master Michael D. Johnson. Afterward, Master of Ceremonies Michael J. Tavares, Grand Junior Deacon, opened the official rededication in the dining room. Brother Pat Proctor, retired United States Army Colonel and Kansas State Representative for District 41, provided the keynote address. Grand Master Johnson and his officers then rededicated the lodge in a ceremony similar to George Washington’s Masonic dedication of the nation’s capitol in 1793. Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Wright was in attendance to sign copies of his new book, Masonry on Fort Leavenworth, and cut the celebratory cake as an honored guest.
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