Have you heard the jokes around Freemasonry about “the goat”? Have you heard of the Odd Fellows (IOOF)? Well, in this episode of Historical Light our resident historians tackle both topics head-on with a special guest, Ainslie Heilich. To top things off, Ainslie is our first guest on the show that is not a Freemason, but rather an Odd Fellow. We get to go on a special private tour of an Odd Fellows lodge and tackle the issue of the goat head-on in the process. You will not want to miss this episode!Read More Ainslie discusses the Lodge Goat on the Historical Light Podcast -full video interview
A little over two years ago, two Odd Fellows who were Facebook friends were discussing the lack of new Odd Fellow content online. So we cooked up a crazy idea of starting a blog together. We had no idea where we would go with it or if anyone would bother to read it, but it was worth a shot. So here we are two years later! Not wanting to toot our own horn and we know we aren’t the biggest blog in the world but all expectations were blown away. 50,000 views is a lot more than we ever expected to get.Read More 50,000 Views in Two Years!
A special program, “Odd Fellows: 200 Years of Riding the Goat”, will be presented by Ainslie Heilich at the DeMoulin Museum. Heilich will explain who the Odd Fellows are, what they do, and how they factor into DeMoulin history. Odd Fellows artifacts, made by DeMoulin Bros. & Co., will be showcased.Read More Odd Fellows: 200 Years of Riding the Goat – Presentation by Ainslie Heilich
I started thinking about the physical and spiritual sacred space of the Lodge and how it acts to bring people together. During the Opening Ritual we physically seal the room by securing the doors and covering the windows from the outside world and its influences and we spiritually strip ourselves of who we are on the outside and take on the mantle of our respective office.Read More Coming Together Where the World is Shut Out – New Art by Ainslie Heilich
Who doesn’t love The Blues Brothers? In the 1980 film, the Brothers are sent “on a mission from God” to raise the funds necessary to save the orphanage that they grew up in. They concoct a scheme to get their old band back together and then hold a blowout fundraiser concert that brings in just enough to save the orphanage and save the day.Read More We’re on a Mission from ODD. New Art by Ainslie Heilich
I have designed and added a variety of 200th anniversary products available for order on the Heart in Hand Zazzle.
If ordering, make sure you check all the customization options like shirt color, custom text, other product versions.
All royalties benefit my Lodge.Read More 200th Anniversary Products by Ainslie Heilich
The concept of an modern take on the classic Thomas Wildey portrait is something I had been knocking around for a while. It started out as part of a larger project for the SGL that I am currently working on but I liked it so much that I wanted it to have its own stand […]Read More The ODD Father: New Design by Ainslie Heilich