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Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A. M., Cooperstown, New York: A Collection of Historical Miscellanea, 1795-2007
by Richard Vang
Published in honor of the bicentennial of the village of Cooperstown, this volume gathers together for the first time a collection of historical writings on the history of Otsego Lodge No. 138. First chartered by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York in 1795, this Masonic lodge has existed for over two centuries as part of the very fabric of one of America's most scenic and legendary villages. Established on the western frontier of the early Republic, Otsego Lodge lists among its members such notable men as Elihu Phinney, printer and newspaper publisher, Erastus Beadle, the "Dime Novel King," and Stephen C. Clark, philanthropist, art collector and founder of several museums. Reproducing three official histories not previously made available to the public and illustrated with photographs, this book was compiled with new writings and commentary by the Otsego Lodge historian, and presents a vivid portrait of the Masonic fraternity's involvement in American community life.
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About the Author
Richard Vang is a Past Master, Past Trustee, and the current Historian of Otsego Lodge. He served six years as a Trustee of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge (NY), and is a member of the Scottish Rite Valleys of Schenectady (NY) and Santa Fe (NM), the Santa Fe York Rite Bodies and The Philalethes Society. A former Trustee of the Cooperstown Village Library, he holds a B.A. in Literature and Folklore from Binghamton University. The author of numerous articles over the past 15 years, his most recent work is the children's book, My Dad is a Freemason. He and his family live in the Helderberg Mountains near Albany, New York.
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