(Sheridan, Wyo) The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Wyoming, under the leadership of Grand Master Mark Young, will be dedicating a cornerstone for the Hub on Smith (previously the Sheridan Senior Center). The Cornerstone Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017. It will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Hub on Smith, 211 Smith Street, in the Dining Room.
State Senator David Kinskey will be serving as the master of ceremonies and the ceremony is open to the public. It marks the dedication of a ceremonial cornerstone and placement of a time capsule. The Hub on Smith and Grand Lodge of Wyoming would like to thank Eric Cox of Sheridan Custom Stone for providing the decorative cornerstone, Kevin Sessions of Kane Funeral Home for engraving the stone, and Ken Thorpe for donating time capsules. The time capsules will be placed in the cornerstone to be opened in 100 years.
Cornerstone dedication ceremonies are one of two public events held by Freemasons, the other being Masonic Funerals. Cornerstones, in older stone or brick buildings, were the first stone laid by builders. Checking the cornerstone ensured a level foundation and strong building. Many historic public buildings in the United States have Masonic cornerstones, including the United States Capital (laid by President George Washington). In Sheridan County, buildings including Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School and the Sheridan County Courthouse have Masonic Cornerstones.