The Board of Directors for the Fort No. 4 located in Charlestown, NH, recently annouced that the Masons Olive Branch Lodge #64 of Chester, VT will be assisting in the efforts to re-open the museum.
"One of the Chester Masons, who was interested in seeing the Fort survive, was the person who brought this to the Masons," said Paul Truax, who is Master of Olive Branch Lodge #64 as well as a Fort At No. 4 Board Member.
It was then, the Masons who approached the Fort's Board with the concept that the Masonic community, in the first instance the Vermont and New Hampshire Masons, might be of help in fund raising, marketing and bringing volunteers to the Fort.
This was only after discussion and a vote within the Olive Branch Lodge # 64 and discussions with the State Grand Masters from Vermont and New Hampshire.
Closed since 2009 because of various economic pressures, the living history museum and historical education center is looking to rebound with this recent outreach of assistance from the Masons.
"The Fort at No. 4 has been an important historical education center within the Connecticut River Valley," Olive Branch Lodge Secretary Donald Webster said in a recent interview.
"We did not want to see the Fort remain closed and add to the threateed loss of colonial and early American historical centers."
The Lodge will be primarily concentrating their efforts on fund raising, marketing and finding volunteers.
"We will also be looking to other lodges throughout the region to join Olive Branch Lodge in support of the Fort."
Discussions have already begun with other local organizations including the Faithful Masonic Lodge #12 in Charlestown.
The Masons bring a great opportunity to the new Fort , which will allow this great landmark and source of historical information to once again thrive.
The Fort Board also emphasizes that there will be additional help needed from the community to get the Fort re-opened.
"It will take the efforts of the Masons, as well as the general community to re-open the Fort, with a lot of volunteer help already arriving" Truax said.
"In addition to the Mason's offer of assistance, is their bringing to the Fort's Board members who will add expertise in various disciplines."
New Board member and former director of Fort Ticonderoga, Nicholas Westbrook feels the cause to resessitate the Fort is a noble effort.
"During desperate decades in the middle of the 18th century, the Fort at No. 4 protected the northern frontier of New England," Westbrook recently stated.
"That would be us, each and every one of us today. So I applaud the visionary commitment of the Masons to the larger community for this renewed effort to keep alive the story of America's colonial beginnings."