Our History

On June 8th, 1901, eleven men assembled in IOOF Hall in Louisburg to form a lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.  They were granted dispensation by the Grand Lodge of Kansas, and seven others joined to become the eighteen original members.  In February 20 of the following year, the Peace Lodge was granted a charter, and became Peace Lodge 243 of Louisburg, Kansas. 

Membership grew and steadily increased to 135 members at the beginning of 1929.  The lodge suffered membership loss during the Great Depression, but recovered to have 142 members in 1967.

The Louisburg Masonic Lodge has found itself involved in several historic moments.  The lodge sent a letter opposing the on sight making of President-elect Taft a Mason to the Grand Lodge in 1909.  President Harry Truman wrote in his diary about visiting Louisburg to present a 50-year emblem to Huge Lee, calling it “a grand meeting”. 

In January 1961, the room above the funeral home was rented and converted into a lodge hall.  Members provided money and labor to renovate the space, where they still meet today.

Is There a Mason in You?

Becoming a mason opens doors of fellowship, tradition, history, and self improvement.  For hundreds of years Freemasons have met “on the level” without regard to individual differences, bringing men together who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance. Our membership consists of men from all walks of life.

Our Current Officers

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    The Louisburg Masonic Lodge is blessed with some of Louisburg’s greatest men.  It has taken a lot of hard work and hours of volunteered time to build this lodge into what it is today.  We are proud of both the impact we make every year in the community, and the Square and Compass that identifies us.  We keep our ancestor’s tradition alive, while welcoming modern change and young members.  All of us, following our fathers and grandfathers, have made a difference.

We have 130 members, and every year have a different member step forward to take his turn in leadership as Master.  Mike Johnson currently serves as our Master.  Our group of eleven officers give tireless effort to the behind the scenes work that it takes to keep a non-profit organization running. 

Two of our members, John E. Mowen and Sterling P. Hornbuckle, have gone on to serve as Grand Masters for the Grand Lodge of Kansas.  They proceeded over the hundreds of Kansas Masonic lodges, and appointed Grand Lodge officers, bringing recognition to our local lodge. 

The wives and families of our members are held in high esteem.  Special family picnics and sweetheart banquets are a part of our schedule so our member’s families know they are important to us.  We also offer a formal Masonic burial to those members who have passed, and look after their wives years after they have gone. 

We do our best to make a large, positive impact on the community and take care of those we know are important: our local children.