Photos from the historic Ground-breaking Ceremony at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Monday, March 27th, 2023

At the Twenty-Seventh Regular Meeting of The Heritage Lodge No. 730, held in the Preston-Hespeler Masonic Temple, Cambridge, on Wednesday, May 18, 1983, the Expenditing Committee reported that arrangements had been made for a sod-turning ceremony, which was held on Thursday, March 31, 1983, at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of Black Creek Pioneer Village and where M.W.Bro. Howard 0. Polk broke the ground with a ceremonial spade presented by Mrs. Florence Gell, Chairman of the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The dedicatory prayer was read by R.W.Bro. Arthur Watson, Lodge Chaplain.

The sod-turning ceremony held at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

R.W.Bro. Balfour LeGresley, Worshipful Master of The Heritage Lodge was present, also Mr. Russell Cooper, Director of Heritage Buildings, M.T.R.C.A. and a group of 37 Brethren and their familites. Grateful thanks must be extended to Bro. A. Sykes of Zeta Lodge No. 410, who obtained and had gold-plated a suitable spade, complete with a commemorative plaque. The spade, when suitably engraved, will be presented to M.W.Bro. Howard O. Polk.

In 1983 dignitaries and Masons gathered at Black Creek Pioneer Village

The cornerstone laying ceremony will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. October 1, 1983, as explained in detail by M.W. Bro. Ronald Groshaw in this clipping:

Written by the Grand Master MWBro Ronald Groshaw

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