Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library

Statement of Operation and Policies

The Phoenixmasonry Museum and Library was founded on August 11, 1999, by a group of Masonic and non-Masonic students desirous of seeking and spreading Masonic light. Phoenixmasonry is not a Masonic organization; it is an independent and nonpartisan Masonic cultural, historic and literary resource. Phoenixmasonry, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)3 designated charity with the IRS.  It is unaffiliated with any Masonic obedience.  We are “An Independent and Universal Masonic Resource”.  It is served by a six-member board of directors who volunteer their time and money to publish articles and list Masonic memorabilia and artifacts on the first internet web-based Masonic Museum and Library. Our website is listed on the Internet at: http://www.phoenixmasonry.org.

Our museum maintains items for public viewing as well as an online presence.  The Board of Phoenixmasonry makes decisions and purchases for the museum.

Our policy on ownership and duplicate items is as follows: Our museum has all the items ever donated to it and maintains a strict chain of custody of those items which are recorded from one curator to the next.  They are photographed and shared online with the general public.  If donors send us duplicate books, Bibles, white leather aprons, rings and other miscellaneous Masonic jewelry of no intrinsic value, we give them away to newly made Masons or dispose of them properly as you would an American flag, with reverence and respect.

Phoenixmasonry does not make appraisals.  As a 501(c)3 tax deductible charity any and all appraisals for donations have to be conducted by outside third party appraisers.  Phoenixmasonry is not allowed to make appraisals and has never quoted any inquiries with a dollar value.  This policy is posted on our website at: http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/ .

         This policy reads to wit:  "The Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library, in concert with the policies of many museum and libraries, respectfully declines to provide appraisals or an assessment of the value of an object - in accordance with federal tax law and the American Association of Museums Code of Ethics.  Phoenixmasonry also respectfully declines to recommend one appraiser over another. To find a qualified appraiser, please check your local telephone directory, go online to find local appraisers or contact:

    American Society of Appraisers: 800-272-8258, www.appraisers.org 

    Appraisers Association of America: 212-889-5404, www.appraisersassoc.org 

    International Society of Appraisers: 312.224.2567, www.isa-appraisers.org 

    National Institute of Appraisers: 800-676-2148, www.appraiseroffineart.com"

    We invite those who are curious and want to learn more about the Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library to read the articles published about us in the 2005 Sept./Oct. edition of the Scottish Rite Journal or the 2008 article in the Philalethes Society Magazine.

Copyright Notice

These electronically-transmitted pages and all associated online content and programming are copyrighted 1999 - 2017 Phoenixmasonry, Inc.  All rights are reserved. These pages may not be duplicated or reproduced in any media or form without the express written consent of Phoenixmasonry, Inc. except in the form of brief excerpts or quotations for the purpose of individual review for Masonic Education.

Trademark Notice

"http://www.phoenixmasonry.org", "Phoenixmason", "Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library", are all trademarks or service marks of Phoenixmasonry, Inc.

Discussion and Study Group Rules

We welcome your participation in Phoenixmasonry's FaceBook, social media, discussion and study groups. We ask, however, that you keep in mind "and within bounds" a few basic guidelines.

(a) You cannot upload to Phoenixmasonry's FaceBook, social media, discussion or study groups, or distribute or otherwise publish through them, anything that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or abusive, or that otherwise violates any public laws.

(b) Phoenixmasonry's discussion and study groups can be used only in a noncommercial manner. You cannot, without the express approval of Phoenixmasonry, Inc., distribute, or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.

(c) We do not and cannot review every message posted by users in Phoenixmasonry's FaceBook, social media, discussion and study groups and are not responsible for any content of these messages. You shall remain solely responsible for the content of your messages. As they say on the WELL: "You own your own words"

Standard Disclaimers Apply

Phoenixmasonry, Inc. and its employees and contractors have used their best efforts in preparing these pages and associated applications. Phoenixmasonry, Inc. and its employees and contractors make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to the pages or the information contained here. Phoenixmasonry, Inc. and its employees and contractors shall not be liable in the event of incidental or consequential damages in connection with, or arising out of, the providing of the information and applications offered here.

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