Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Thu, 03 Mar 2022 22:00:00 GMT Thu, 03 Mar 2022 22:00:00 GMT https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/img/s/v-12/u694567909-o1056855695-50.jpg Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog 120 68 Silver City's Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/3/silver-citys-amity-lodge-no-4-f-a-m Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. (Editor's Note: I've re-edited my photos of Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. I had some chromatic aberration around the original photos. Since 2014, when I took and edited the photos, my photo-editing skills have been significantly improved and I started from the original photos and edited new ones. I hope you enjoy them. They are free to download. Masons may use them for commercial and noncommercial use. Anyone else may only use them for noncommercial use.)

In 1987, I became a Mason and for several years progressed and learned, until raising twins and a son and operating a weekly newspaper took most of my time seven days a week, and it wasn't 8 to 5.

At a small newspaper, and even at the daily print newspaper I co-founded in 2003, the editor and even publisher (I was publisher for a while at my daily) take photos, edit or write obits, and write stories, editorials and columns. Plus, you have to copyedit and proofread everything.

Sadly, I became inactive in about 1993. In 2001, I attempted to rejoin with my fellow Brothers, but soon after, I co-founded a daily newspaper, and I was even busier than I was at the weekly.

Regardless, I've always had a love of Masonry and the good works Masons do in the world.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

So, when I finally got a professional camera, on one of my visits to family in Carson City in 2014, I made the trip to Silver City to photograph my favorite Masonic Lodge of all the ones I've seen.

As a result of my brotherly fraternity for my former Brothers, I offer my Masonic photos for free. I will be taking more in Nevada this spring and summer, now that restrictions have finally been lifted.

Now, a little about the Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

When driving to Virginia City, travelers might notice the well-cared-for white building with blue trim in Silver City, Nev., without realizing it is part of a living history that dates all the way back to the origins of The Comstock Lode.

Silver City's Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. — located at 175 Main St. — was chartered in 1863.

Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. "Amity Lodge No. 4 had its beginnings as Silver City Lodge No. 163," according to Amity Lodge's website (www.amitylodge4nv.org). "Sojourning Masons living in Silver City, Nevada, under the guidance of Brother John C. Currie expressed their desire to organize a lodge, by framing a petition to the Grand Lodge of California. A dispensation was granted by Grand Master William C. Belcher on March 20, 1863, to the sundry Brethren at Silver City, Nevada Territory, and a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of California on May 15, 1863, as Silver City Lodge No. 163. The officers and members included — John C. Currie, W. M.; Charles F. Brant, S. W.; William B. Hickok, J. W.; August Koneman, Treasurer; Henry W. Arnold, Secretary; James A. Cowden, S. D.; Moses J. Rourke, J. D.; Henry Lun, Tyler. Other members included Master Masons M. J. Henley, R. P. Kerr, and Robert H. Watson.

"Lodge membership increased to 36 Master Masons, 4 Fellow Craft, and 12 Entered Apprentices in 1865, when the Lodge severed it connection to the Grand Lodge of California, and united with other Lodges in the organization of the Grand Lodge of Nevada, from which it received a charter at the time as Amity Lodge No. 4 on January 16, 1865. Its first Master, Brother John C. Currie, withdrew, and united with Virginia City Lodge at Virginia City, and was elected Grand Master of Masons of the State of Nevada, and also served as Mayor of Virginia City. Brother Richard T. Mullard was the last Master under California jurisdiction, and Master under newly formed Amity Lodge No. 4, he would later {become} Deputy Grand Master."

There are many misconceptions about Masons, so I refer readers to an excellent rebuttal to common fallacies regarding Freemasonry that the Grand Lodge of Virginia published "Myths of Freemasonry."

There is a stated meeting first Thursday of each month at Amity Lodge.

To contact the Lodge, here are its mailing details: P.O. Box 11332, Reno, NV. 89510-1332.

Here are some more photos, including black-and-whites for the nostalgic look. Keep scrolling past the black-and-white photos to see some more photos of this lovely Lodge.

Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.
Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9497 copySilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9502 DEFSilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9507 copySilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

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