Monday, May 21, 2012

100 Years Ago Today: Ben-Hur dedication

The Ben-Hur building was dedicated on May 21, 1912.
On today's date 100 years ago, the Supreme Tribe of Ben-Hur building was dedicated. The dedication ceremony, held at 2:00 p.m. at the Princess theater adjacent from the building, was witnessed by over 500 delegates from various states. In his speech, Dr. Royal H. Gerard, supreme chief of the Tribe of Ben-Hur, said:

Crawfordsville is proud of the elegant structure we meet today to dedicate, and Crawfordsville is proud of the fact that she can be the host to you, the representatives of the membership of this society, who have made possible such a monument. It is not a monument erected and to be dedicated to past endeavors, but rather a living monument to the genius and progressive spirit of the fraternal beneficiary system in America.

The building during its construction phase in 1911.

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