Hastings Masonic Center Projects Improve Use of Building

Jim Horsham, 32° demonstrates the "trap door" which reveals the stairs to the Eastern Star supply room. When not in use, the area serves as a quiet play or reading nook for RiteCare children in Hastings.

The Central Nebraska Scottish Rite at Hastings owes a big Thank You to Jim Horsham, 32° who built a play area for the RiteCare children across from the Clinic on the lower level. Covering a small stairwell leading to an Order of the Eastern Star supply room, children can read or play in this quiet nook by day. At night, Eastern Star members can simply pull up a hinged “trap door” to reveal the stairs and doorway and access their regalia and supplies!

33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General cap belonging to Joseph Seacrest, who served from 1950-1971, now in the museum at the Hastings Masonic Center.

Jim has also taken a great deal of time bringing the museum items from the lower level ballroom to the fourth floor and setting up a museum to recognize the history of Hastings two Lodges, Scottish Rite, Tehama Shrine, Eastern Star, youth groups, and the Past Grand Masters. The freed up considerable room in the ballroom for sitting and meeting space, which will hopefully help make the building more attractive for rentals or public events.