On the second day of August, 1927 the Hanna Chapter of Royal Arch Masons was instituted and was constituted in 1928.
The Hanna Masonic Temple Association under the chairmanship of Dr. S.E. Argue was formed in 1953. This Association, through the efforts of its members raised enough money and donated enough labour to complete a new hall and it was officially opened on February 7, 1955.
The Hanna Masonic Temple Association was founder of the Showcase Series now being carried on by Hanna Allied Arts.
In 1979 they sponsored Paper Wheat, the first Showcase. Six shows were presented annually for two years, and this was then reduced to four. The repertoire consisted The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmom; Leona Boyd, classical guitarist; Laura Vinson and Red Wyng; Analynn Olson, harpist; LeBane and Kane and many others. Live theater presentations were Billy Bishop Goes to War; The Prairie Church of Buster Galloway and Talley's Folley.
From the money raised THROUGH HMTA - Showcase, extensive renovations to the Temple Building were carried out. Donations were also given in support of the Hanna Curling Club; Historical Society; Cubs and Scouts; and JOBS Daughters. Several special shows were sponsored at the various schools in Hanna, amongst them the opera Hansel and Gretel; LeBane and Kane; and Magic and Ventriloquist Shows.
Hanna Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star have been key fraternal and benevolent organizations in Hanna for over seventy five years. The members have played a very important role in the growth of the town.
Text courtesy of The Hanna Herald