Melha Shriners celebrate Springfield history at Longhill Street property

Hampden County

After almost 60 years in Springfield, the Melha Shriners sold their Longhill Street property this month.

Residents came together to celebrate the Shriner’s history at the Longhill property Saturday. 

The Shriners celebrated their Springfield history by opening a time capsule of memorabilia and removing their cornerstone to bring to their new property.

The Shriners currently have a property in Ware and will be located in a temporary office in West Springfield, until a new location is found. One member of Shriners told 22News, moving from the Longhill property is a great opportunity.

“This is an excellent opportunity actually for Melha to go out and start anew,” said Ralph W. Semb. “A new chapter, a new way to go out into the community, to understand what we do to help the children in our hospitals.”

The Shriners are a fraternity known for its work with Shriners Hospitals for Children, including the hospital in Springfield. 

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