The Michigan Council of Deliberation: A.A.S.R. Freemasonry, P.H.A.
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Welcome to the Cathedral Library

The Cathedral is not only our headquarters but it is a shining beacon throughout the United
Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation,
Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. Inc.  Our historical archives are loaded with memories of the
many Illustrious Peers that have been elevated in the Senate Chamber.

Did you know that the Cathedral has a grand library full of Masonic literature, the Sovereigns
Chair, and there is a Scottish-rite degree meeting room.  I encourage you to visit the Cathedral
when you are in the Philadelphia area to see this stupendous facility?

Library Hours

The Cathedral is open daily for operations. However, if you are thinking about touring The
Cathedral, the hours are as follows: Monday – Friday, 10:00AM – 3:30PM, and weekends by
appointments (for large groups). If you are thinking about touring the facility, please contact
us at 215-545-2443. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

The Historic antique chair

During the 84th Annual Session held at the Cathedral in May 1965, there was an antique chair in the East, with an imposing double eagle carved at the head.  The chair had been purchased from the estate of the late Frederick F. Brewester, of New Haven, Connecticult.  Mr. Brewester was a man of great wealth and much interest in antiques. His home was largely furnished with many notable examples, some of which went to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.  Crawford was intrigued by the handsome chair and therefore purchased it through O. Rundle Gilbert, the sales Agent for the estate and presented it to the Supreme Council, after it had been handsomely restored.  The chair can be found today in the Library of the Cathedral.  No one is allowed to sit in it, for fear of damage. 
George W. Crawford Sovereign Grand Commander 1949-1965

During the 81st Annual Session of the Supreme Council, the Fraters of the Supreme Council wanted to express their appreciation for the great work that Crawford was doing and for this purpose formed a special committee.

A committee meeting was held at the Cathedral, June 11, 1962 with Leland French, Chairman, presenting a chronology of the achievements of the Sovereign Grand Commander since he was crowned in 1915, and throughout his 46 year membership in the Supreme Council. His many accomplishments were highlighted. A number of ideas were presented, such as a world wide trip, a bronze  sculpture bust of his likeness to be placed in the Cathedral, the preparation of a historical biography by an eminent historian such as Dr. Charles Wesley of the Southern Supreme Council.    
Russell S. Gideon Sovereign Grand Commander 1977-1985

National honor came to him as Sovereign Grand Commander of the United Supreme Council Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Jurisdiction. In that post, he headed the 22,000 33rd degree Prince Hall Masons north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

A bust was commissioned in 1984 honoring his reign and was placed in the Masonic Cathedral's "Hall of Fame" in Philadelphia.

Russell Gideon died on September 29, 1985, and was interred in Sunset Memorial Park. On September 13, 1986, a housing facility for low income seniors and disabled residents was named the Gideon-Mathews Gardens in his honor. It is located in Seattle at 24th Avenue S and S Jackson Street.

History BookThe History Book

History of The United Supreme Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite od Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Inc. 1881 - 1998

by Joseph A. Walkes, Jr., Author is available.

Contact us:
215-545-2443  or email
George W. Crawford Collection

The Library of the Supreme Council was enhanced during the 85th Annual Session.  Crawford who was not in attendance, had turned over his private Masonic collection for placement in the Cathedral Library.  Where it remains today and was very helpful to the writer of the History Book.
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