"To preserve the reputation of the fraternity unsullied must be your constant care..."

Welcome * Blog * Books * Calendar * Chris Hodapp * Alice Von Kannon * Photos * Contact


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Signet Chapter Royal Arch Masons

Please Join Signet Chapter Royal Arch Masons For The Geometry of Mystery: Secret Societies, Ineffable Names, & Ancient Egypt
Presented by guest lecturer Adam G Kendall, Archivist of the Grand Lodge Library & MuseumMonday April 7th , 7.30pm
Social 6pm - Dinner 6.30pm - Stated Meeting & Lecture 7.30pm
Dinner is $12 for Non-Members & FREE to members of Signet ChapterVan Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214This is a Tiled Event - You Must Be a Royal Arch Mason to attend
Reservations required - RSVP to email@sfvyrb.org

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium in Cincinnati 8/15-17, 2014

The Fifth Annual Masonic Restoration Foundation Symposium will be held at the Cincinnati Masonic Center on August 15 – 17, 2014.  This national symposium will feature speakers and workshops focused on enabling Masons and Lodges to improve their Masonic experience.

This year's Symposium will be jointly hosted by four Lodges:  Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 (IN), Caliburn Lodge No. 785 (OH), Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792 (OH) and Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812 (PA).  They represent the full spectrum of observant Lodges - from European Concept to Traditional Observance. 


The support of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and the Scottish Rite Valley of Cincinnati are gratefully acknowledged!


WHEN:  AUGUST 15-17 2014
WHERE:  Cincinnati Masonic Center, 314 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio  45202


Registration is $100.

For more information, go here.

Midwest Masonic Education Conference April 11-13, 2014 in Cedar Rapids, IA

The 2014 Midwest Masonic Education Conference will be held at the Grand Lodge of Iowa Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa April 11-13, 2014. Registration Friday 1 pm to 5 pm Library and Museums Tours, Friday 9 am to 5 pm Library and Museums Tours, Friday 9 am to 5 pm Scottish Rite Center Social Hour Friday 5 pm to 6 pm, Scottish Rite Center Grand Opening Friday 6 pm Scottish Rite Center Banquet to follow.
Featured speakers include:


  • Andrew Hammer- Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge 22 at Alexandria, VA
  • Mark Tabbert- Director of Collections at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA
  • William R. Krueger- Assistant Librarian and Curator at the Iowa Masonic Library
  • Patrick Craddock- Owner of the Craftsman’s Apron
  • Robert P. Conley- Past Grand Master of Michigan (2000-2001), and current Director of Member Services for the Grand Lodge of Michigan
  • George J. Harrison- Past Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Iowa (2012-2013) and organizer of the Iowa Masonic Educational Programs
  • S. Brent Morris- Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry and other titles, and Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal


For more information, contact the Iowa Masonic Library and Museums at 319-365-1438 or dgs@gl-iowa.org

Tennessee Masons Look to Restore Historic Hall

From the Associated Press:
A group of Freemasons is trying to restore a Masonic Temple in Franklin, Tennessee that they say was the first three-story building constructed in Tennessee. Craig Feldner, who is leader of Hiram Lodge No. 7, told The Tennessean newspaper that he hopes the building’s importance to the city and to U.S. history can drum up enough interest to save it. The temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the place where President Andrew Jackson met with Chickasaw leaders in 1830 and the Native Americans signed a treaty giving up their lands. “We think there’s as much history here as the Carter House or Carnton Plantation,” Feldner said. The Freemasons are trying to raise about $4 million to renovate the entire building, including the third floor, which has been declared off-limits by city inspectors due to concerns about structural soundness. “Our goal with this renovation is not to do patchwork but to make it last another 200 years,” Feldner said. If the Masons can restore the building in Franklin, they hope to change the perception of Freemasons as secretive and encourage more people to learn about the history of the meeting hall.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

UCLA International Conference on Freemasonry March 22

The Institute of Masonic Studies and the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles will host the Third International Conference on Freemasonry on March 22, bringing together a panel of prominent Masonic scholars covering unique perspectives on Freemasonry, Aesthetics, and Civil Society.
Open to the public, this event seeks to educate and inspire scholars of the craft with discussions exploring the history of how Masonic aesthetics have impacted architecture, politics, and international societies.
This year's presentations include:
  • Humanity’s Nation: Freemasonry and German Civil Society before 1914/ Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman, Ph.D. / Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Thanks to Mozart: Cultivation and Aesthetics among Women Freemasons in Italy / Lilith Mahmud, Ph.D. / Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies and Anthropology, University of California, Irvine
  • Solomon’s Temple in America: Masonic Architecture, Popular Culture, and Biblical Imagery, 1865-1930 / William Moore, Ph.D. / Associate Professor, American Material Culture, Boston University
  • Native American Indian Freemasonry: From Joseph Brant to the 21st Century / Joy Porter, Ph.D. / Professor, Indigenous History, The University of Hull (England)
  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    Has the Voynich Manuscript Been Deciphered?

    A U.S. botanist studied the plants illustrated in the Voynich manuscript, pictured. He claims at least 37 of these 303 plants would have grown in Central America during the 15th and 16th century and believes the text is, therefore, written in the Aztec language of Nahuatl
    For decades, researchers have been trying in vain to decipher ancient texts written on the Voynich manuscript - yet they may have been looking for inspiration in the wrong place.

    A U.S. botanist studied illustrations of the plants throughout the 15th century book and pinpointed a number of them to the Central American region now known as Mexico.

    Dr. Arthur Tucker claims at least 37 of the 303 plants would have grown in the region during the 15th and 16th century and believes the text is, therefore, written in the Aztec language of Nahuatl.

    The Voynich manuscript was discovered in an Italian monastery in 1912 by book dealer Wilfred Voynich.The writing is so bizarre, sceptics have stated the book is a hoax or that the writing is nonsense.


      Carbon dating suggests the manuscript was created between approximately 1404 and 1438, during the Italian Renaissance.


      For more, see the Daily Mail.