The Edmond Sun

January 10, 2013

EGS to provide video tour of Guthrie Masonic Temple

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Genealogical Society recently toured the historic Guthrie Scottish Rite temple, commonly known as the Masonic Temple.

Dr. Ruth Oneson will present a video tour of the temple during the group’s January meeting at the Edmond Historical Museum on Jan. 21.

Guthrie was the territorial capital and later the first state capital for Oklahoma before the state seal was moved to Oklahoma City in 1910. The old Legislative Hall, which housed the state Legislature, and the land originally platted as the Capitol Park, is encompassed in the beautiful Masonic building, still listed as Oklahoma’s most beautiful building, according to their website.

Scottish Rite is one of four major branches of Masonic, or Freemasonry, orders. Organized in 1717, Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Many U.S. presidents and other leaders, including George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, were members of this secret fraternity.

Many European artisans were imported to work on this building which is a virtual storybook of architectural history, and includes a museum of Masonic history. The ageless beauty of its classic lines marks it as a marvel in architecture and a wonder in stone and ornamental plaster.

For those who have always wanted to see inside this ageless beauty, come see the video presented at the EGS January meeting at the Edmond Historical Museum. For more info on the society’s tour of the museum, go to

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Edmond Museum, 431 S. Boulevard in Edmond. The EGS meets on the third Monday of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists; membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, contact Dr. Ruth Oneson, at 209-6666 or check out the EGS webpage at For the latest announcements about Edmond Genealogical Society, go to

Dr. Oneson, whose hobby is genealogy, graduated from the University of Maryland and received her residency training at the University of Virginia. She obtained a master’s degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health prior to medical school. Her fellowship training in surgical pathology and cytopathology was performed at The George Washington School of Medicine. She is an owner of Heartland Pathology Consultants, P.C., a group of pathologists that provide anatomic pathology services to patients and physicians in Oklahoma and Texas. She is the current president of Edmond Genealogical Society.