Masons played a critical role in shaping Missouri’s early history. This interactive exhibit tells the story of the formation of the state of Missouri and the Grand Lodge of Missouri through the Masons that helped create both. There are artifacts on display from the three lodges chartered by the Grand Lodge of Tennessee that would come together to create the Grand Lodge of Missouri—Missouri Lodge No. 12, Joachim Lodge No. 25 and St. Charles Lodge No. 28.
This luxurious top hat was worn by former president Harry S. Truman and is constructed with black beaver felt in a size 7 3/8th. The hat has a stiff curled ribbon-bound brim with silk band while the interior is lined in a white silk with silver embroidered initials “HST.” This beautiful headwear was found inside its original hatbox in the attic of Harry S. Truman’s home.
The top hat is part of a display of items from the Truman homestead on loan from the Truman National Historic Site Collection.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of 25 Charter members of Mansfield Chapter No. 76, Order of the Eastern Star. Sister Wilder is best known for her popular children’s books, the Little House on the Prairie series. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield graciously loaned the Masonic Home a pair of Wilder’s gloves and an embroidered handkerchief from its collection.