Effective 14 August 2013 the OMDHS is pleased to announce its new line of officers. Richard J. Powell new Director of OMDHS The new Director is Ill.’. and R.’.W.’. Richard J. Powell. He is a Librarian by education and profession and his Masonic history is: 18 Dec 1995           Raised in Morning Star Lodge No. 524, Marcellus, New York; Master 2000-2001 1998-2000                              Member Development Chairman for the Second Onondaga District 2002-2004                              Brotherhood Education Committee Assistant Grand Lecturer, Onondaga District District Deputy Grand Master, Onondaga District Trustee of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Library of the Grand Lodge of New York Member of: Charles H. Platt Chapter No. 247, R. A. M. Central City Council No. 13, Cryptic Masons Central City Commandery No. 25, K. T. Tigris Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. New York College, Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis [MSRICF] Morning Star Chapter No. 289, O. E. S. Masters, Wardens & Deacons Association Past Masters Association Onondaga Right Worshipfuls Association Order of Knights of St. Andrew Trinity Chapter, Order of DeMolay Central New York Traditional Observance Club 2004        Thrice Potent Master, Central City Lodge of Perfection 2011        Honorary Member, 33o, Supreme Council, AASR, NMJ Bro. Richard also maintains his blog, Ars Masonica, at http://arsmasonica.blogspot.com/ —– R.’.W.’. Gary L. Heinmiller will remain active with the OMDHS as its Archivist. R.’.W.’. William G. Vassily will likewise remain as the Trustee for the OMDHS. —– OMDHS Archives updates The OMDHS website has over 8,000 pages of various compilations and links on its pages at http://www.omdhs.syracusemasons.com/ Many of the compilations have been undergoing ongoing revisions for the past few years. In 2008 the “Freemasons of NY in the Civil War” volumes had 765 pages. With revisions there are now over 1200 pages The “Craft Masonry” series of compilations for histories of the Masonic Districts of New York was around 4,000 pages in 2008 and is now revised to over 5,000 pages. As you will note in viewing the OMHDS compilations most are set in 8pt Ariel type to condense the number of pages. Those wishing to view, update or edit any of them may change the font size of type in any way they may wish to do so. Anyone having additions or corrections to these files is highly encouraged to please let us know. There is still a great deal of information that would may these histories more complete. A great many additional files, which have not been posted to the OMDHS website, are stored as digital files in the computer archives of OMDHS or as hard copies of various biographies of Freemasons. The ever growing resources of such material on the internet has provided a boon to collection of such information. If you are seeking information or have something to share please feel to contact the Archivist at boazz@twcny.rr.com. Fraternally yours, Gary L. Heinmiller Archivist