The Masonic Eureka Lodge #40 of Monticello, in coordination with the Grand Lodge in Little Rock, will host perform a Masonic ceremonial cornerstone laying and dedicate Drew Memorial Hospital’s new allied health building on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The ancient and royal ceremony will be held outside the building on the northeast corner of the building, followed by a reception with refreshments. The public is invited to the event.
In many of the nation’s significant buildings — the White House, U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Institution and Washington Monument, to name a few — Masons were call upon to lay cornerstones. The Masonic tradition can be traced back to the 15th century. It is also common for a time capsule be placed in the stone to be opened at a future date with memorabilia about the current time period and what Monticello is like today.
The building is adjacent to the hospital on Scogin Drive.