Seward Lodge No. 6, originally of the Grand Lodge of Washington, first received dispensation to work on October 4, 1916, and was chartered as Seward Lodge No. 219 on June 14, 1917.
On February 7, 1981, the M.W. Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Alaska opened its Constitutional Communication in Ample Form at 10:30 am. Resolutions were adopted and Seward Lodge was re-chartered by Grand Lodge of Alaska, the charter for the lodge having been assigned a number according to the ages of the lodges, as Seward Lodge No. 6.
PO Box 785
Seward, AK 99664
Location & Meetings:
Seward No. 6 meets on the First Saturday of each month at 2pm.
We look forward to seeing you!
Seward, in southcentral Alaska, is sited on the Kenai Peninsula at the head of Resurrection Bay, 125 miles south of Anchorage. Settlers first went into the area in the 1890’s and the city was founded in 1903 as a supply base and ocean terminus for a railway to the Yukon Valley (since 1913, the Alaska Railroad).
Named for William H. Seward (the U.S. Secretary of State), who accepted a renewed Russian offer and on March 30, 1867, agreed to a proposal from Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million. The Senate approved the treaty of purchase on April 9. President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty on May 28, and Alaska was formally transferred to the United States on October 18, 1867. This purchase ended Russia’s presence in North America and ensured U.S. access to the Pacific northern rim.
For three decades after its purchase the United States paid little attention to Alaska, which was governed under military, naval, or Treasury rule or, at times, no visible rule at all. Seeking a way to impose U.S. mining laws, the United States constituted a civil government in 1884. Skeptics had dubbed the purchase of Alaska “Seward’s Folly,” but the former Secretary of State was vindicated when a major gold deposit was discovered in the Yukon in 1896, and Alaska became the gateway to the Klondike gold fields. The strategic importance of Alaska was finally recognized in World War II.
Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act, allotting it 104 million acres of the territory. And, in an unprecedented nod to the rights of Alaska’s indigenous populations, the act contained a clause emphasizing that citizens of the new state were declining any right to land subject to Native title.
The great earthquake of 1964 produced fires and tsunamis that destroyed 90 percent of Seward, including the city’s railroad terminal.
According to folklore, the tradition of the Mt. Marathon Race began when two sourdoughs discussed about the possibility of climbing and descending the mountain in less than an hour. “Impossible” one said. To settle the discussion, and the resulting wager, a race was held, with the loser to furnish rounds for the crowd. At the same time, enterprising merchants put up a suit of clothes and other attractions for the winner and proposed the race take place on a holiday – why not the 4th of July? The optimistic sourdough made good his bet. The winning racer took one hour and two minutes. Official records disclose that the Mount Marathon Race® actually began as an organized run in 1915 and has since become a regular part of the Independence Day celebration in Seward. Over the years, this home town historic event has drawn increased participation and resulted in new milestones. 54 women finished the first-ever women’s race in 1985, juniors began logging their age-group records in 1994, and 2005 heralded the beginning of the “staggered start” for the senior races. The popular Mini Marathon race starts them out young – toddling just a few feet to victory! This race may be just 3 miles, but it involves a grueling climb and descent of Mt. Marathon, 3,022 feet above sea level, and includes navigating cliffs, steep inclines, and slippery loose rocks. Helmets and kneepads are recommended. If you want to be competitive, don’t get distracted by the spectacular view from the top!
Seward’s Halibut Tournament, in June, offers an early season focus on this famous fish, attracting anglers from all over Alaska and beyond.
Seward Fourth of July Celebration kick off the Independence Day festivities with an exciting firework display on the waterfront at midnight (12:01 AM) on the 4th. Spend the daytime hours strolling historic downtown, where street vendors gather by the dozens to sell souvenirs, knick-knacks, noise makers and toys. For a short time, Main Street is cleared as the parade makes its way through town. Almost every organization in town contributes a float, including Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Seward Fire Department, and the American Legion. The food on the Fourth is great too! Enjoy the traditional local favorites, as well as the street vendors’ offerings. No matter what you crave, you can find everything from burritos and tacos to deep-fried onions and traditional cotton candy. Come to Seward for the Fourth and join the fun!
Seward Silver Salmon Derby®, is one of the oldest and largest fishing derbies in Alaska. Seward’s Fishing Derby is equally popular with locals, other Alaska residents, and visiting anglers from around the nation and world. Anglers vie for the largest Coho (Silver) Salmon and try to catch tagged fish worth prizes. Anglers turn their fish in daily, which are sold to raise funds for fish enhancement efforts. Derby tickets go on sale Friday night for early birds. Proceeds from the Coho turned in support Fish Enhancement programs benefitting stocks in Resurrection Bay.