The Windows of Chartres Cathedral
October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm CDT
Abstract: The Windows of Chartres Cathedral Architectural scholars are typical academics, and love to debate and argue about everything. One of the few things they all agree upon is the location of the best collection of original medieval stained glass. On a hill in a small town near Paris, Chartres CathedralÕs windows have been studied and gazed upon since the building was erected in 1199. This presentation is a virtual tour of its many windows and is based on materials gathered by the speaker during his own first visit to this venerated old church in 1982.
“Ken Allsen is an author and artist, whose passion is old buildings. He has published six books and several articles covering the historic buildings of Rochester and the surrounding area, with an emphasis on the people who built and occupied them. Ken is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, and regularly teaches for the LIFE Program at RCTC. He also volunteers his services at the History Center of Olmsted County, the Mayo Clinic archives and Assisi Heights.
Ken has been an active Mason for more than a half century. His first published works were Masonic in nature and consisted of a few articles published in the journal of Educational Lodge. When the Grand Lodge of Minnesota decided to publish the sixth and final booklet of its Quest series, Ken was chosen as the author of History of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota: The First Twenty-Five Years. He was also a coauthor of The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Minnesota 1867-2001.”