On Saturday June 28, 2014, officers of the Grand Lodge, fellow Masons, and their guests assembled at the William Pitt Tavern in Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. Dressed in formal attire, Grand Lodge officers opened a meeting on the tavern’s third floor in the same room where four representatives of St. John’s Lodge in Portsmouth, and one representative from Rising Sun Lodge in Keene, established the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire over two centuries ago. The room also served as the meeting place for St. John’s Lodge No. 1 through most of the late 1770s. Today, the restored lodge room appears much the same as it did during that period thus allowing Masonic meetings to continue to take place in a historic setting.
After completion of the meeting and a brief tour of the tavern’s second floor museum, Masons and guests made the “within a stone’s throw trip” to the Portsmouth Masonic Temple auditorium to continue the 225th celebration with a traditional “N.H. Seacoast meal”. Chef Phil Fraser of St. Andrews Lodge No. 56 prepared and served a luncheon that included seafood chowder and baked haddock. After the meal, members of the William Whipple Military Lodge, dressed in late 18th that demonstrated the evolution of the American colors from the first “Grand Union” ensign authorized by the Continental Congress, up to the current “50 Star” standard.
Following the Flag Program Most Worshipful Grand Master Stewart L. Aronson addressed the audience and read a proclamation issued by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recognizing the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of New of New Hampshire. At the end of his comments he announced that the Governor’s proclamation would be turned over to Rod MacDonald the curator of the William Pitt Tavern Museum to arrange for framing and to have the decree displayed prominently within the Museum.