Masonic News
17h17 16  septembre
The Masonic Book Club Is Reborn By AASR-SJ
by Christopher HodappLovers of Masonic books can again rejoice - that which was lost has been reborn After years of hopeful rumors, the Masonic Book Club (MBC), which has been defunct since 2010, has been resurrected by the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction’s Supreme Council If you’ve been...
21h42 15  septembre
New UGLE Universities Scheme Outreach Video
by Christopher HodappThe United Grand Lodge of England has for many years had a program to promote Freemasonry on college and university campuses around the U.K., including establishing new lodges, as well as linking existing nearby ones, specifically for those institutions. Called The Universities...
16h16 14  septembre
UGLE Issues COVID Rule Of Six Meeting Restriction
by Christopher HodappMost states have relaxed their COVID restrictions enough that many American grand lodges are again permitting in-person lodge meetings to one extent or another. The patchwork of state and local orders are too numerous to cite, but even restricted versions of degree work are...
03h01 05  septembre
George Washington Memorial’s Masonic Digital Archive Is a Research Treasure
by Christopher HodappFor many years, Mark Tabbert at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia has been actively seeking support for and promoting a digital collection made up of the proceedings of all U.S. grand lodges and appendant grand bodies. This ongoing...
00h03 28  août
Hurricane Laura Wrecks Vinton, Louisiana Lodge
by Christopher HodappThe brethren of Vinton Lodge 364 in Vinton, Louisiana report that their building was severely damaged by Hurricane Laura last night when the storm made landfall just after midnight.Vinton is located about thirty miles northeast of Port Arthur, Texas, just north of the Gulf...
19h10 26  août
Iowa’s Masonic Library & Museum Highlighted
by Christopher HodappThe Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa yesterday featured a substantial and nicely written piece about the Grand Lodge of Iowa’s magnificent Library and Museum and its curator librarian, WB Bill Krueger. It doesn’t get the attention that the venerable Masonic museums and libraries...
22h46 24  août
Masonic Symbols On Mothballed Planes Bring Out the Crazies
by Christopher HodappIt doesn’t take much these days to send the conspiracy lovers into orbit. A story appeared on the website of Australia’s 9News TV station in Sydney on August 19th, reporting on financial losses for Qantas Airlines. Many international flights between the U.S. and Australia...
19h54 22  août
New Books: ’The Craft’ by John Dickie; ’History of Esoteric and Anagogic Doctrines’ by Cihangir Gener
by Christopher HodappA new book about Freemasonry is getting a lot of positive coverage in the press. The Craft: How the Freemasons Made the Modern World by John Dickie was published several weeks ago in the United Kingdom, and was just officially released in the U.S. this week. My copy just hit...
05h00 21  août
Special Promotion for ’Freemasons For Dummies’ Now Through December
by Christopher HodappOver the last couple of weeks, I have been working with the good folks at Wiley Publishing to find a way to offer a substantial discount to lodges and grand lodges who wish to order copies of Freemasons For Dummies for their new petitioners and candidates, without being...
20h21 20  août
Journal of the Masonic Society 50th Issue: Twelve Years and 24,000 Pages Ago
by Christopher HodappIt began in a bar, as only the finest, dazzlingly harebrained schemes should, over watery glasses of well-brand scotch. It was predictably frigid in Washington, D.C. that February on the Saturday night of Masonic Week, too cold to sit outside and smoke pipes and cigars while...
13h20 14  août
All Five Michigan Scottish Rite Valleys Vote To Merge
by Christopher HodappOn Thursday this week, it was announced that the five valleys of the Scottish Rite NMJ in Michigan have voted to merge to become one single Scottish Rite Valley for the state. The vote took place during the Michigan Council of Deliberation meeting, and now moves to the...
04h02 10  août
Spain’s Biblioteca Pà blica Arà s
by Christopher HodappAt the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, Fascist dictator Francisco Franco took power and would rule Spain for another four decades. Like his fascist contemporaries Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, Franco outlawed Freemasonry. Lodges were shuttered, many Masons were...
21h21 08  août
Freemasons, Fairs and the Future
by Christopher HodappThere’s an article this week on the Scottish Rite Museum’s blog about an Order of the Eastern Star display at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1896. I love anything that combines fraternalism with my childhood fascination with World’s Fairs. At the age of five and a...
16h22 05  août
Masons and Community: County Court Uses Masonic Hall for Jury Duty
by Christopher HodappI spotted an interesting tidbit in the news today that demonstrates how a Masonic lodge can be of unique service to its surrounding community. The Masonic Center in Clinton, Iowa is being leased by the Clinton County Court as a venue for jury pool selection. According to the...
23h35 30  juillet
John Lewis Funeral Brings Georgia’s Grand Lodges Together
by Christopher Hodapp(UPDATE 8:38PM 7 30 20: An earlier version of this story erroneously said Oscar Alleyne, the Senior Grand Warden of New York was in attendance. He was not. I regret the error.)There is a post-script to Wednesday’s Masonic funeral service for U.S. Congressman John Lewis in...
03h07 27  juillet
Masonic Service for Congressman John R. Lewis Wednesday 7 29
by Christopher HodappNOTE: This story has been updated as of 12:01AM 7 28 to reflect corrected information about John Lewis’ Masonic record. Thanks to Derinique Kendrick in Georgia for the correction and Doug Evans III for providing more details.Illus. Brother John Robert Lewis 33 passed to the...
16h56 24  juillet
Saipan Masons Donate Tower Clock to Catholic Cathedral
by Christopher HodappFreemasons help their communities all over the world, and in countless ways. In the village of Chalan Kanoa on the Pacific island of Saipan, local Masons have just completed the installation of a new tower clock at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral. The cathedral is...
18h29 17  juillet
Nebraska’s Prince Hall Grand Lodge Building Vandalized
by Christopher HodappThe Omaha headquarters of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska was vandalized and robbed last Monday night. According to a report on KETV-7, a brick was thrown through the glass front door of the 100-year old Masonic hall, and thieves then entered the...
18h46 11  juillet
Local Preservation Org Helps Restore North Carolina’s First Prince Hall Masonic Hall
by Christopher HodappThe historic home of North Carolina’s first African-American Masonic lodge, King Solomon Lodge No. 1 (PHA) in New Bern, is being restored to its Civil War-era appearance, thanks to local community leaders, donations and grants.The lodge’s 1870 Masonic hall, originally known as...
14h00 10  juillet
The Celestial Lodge: Alaska PGM John ’Bo’ Cline Passes
by Christopher HodappUPDATE: THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED 7 11 20.My longtime friend and Masonic Brother John ’Bo’ Cline, passed away from acute leukemia on Wednesday. My deepest condolences to his dear wife Beth, to Josh, Megan, and all of their family.It has been my privilege to know both Bo...
08h16 09  juillet
A Prince Hall Brother Responds
by Christopher HodappMy post on July 4th, Why Freemasonry Still Matters, generated an unprecedented amount of discussion, pro and con, in numerous Facebook groups and elsewhere over the last several days. (If you didn’t see it, go read it before you continue below.) I also received an astonishing...
04h00 08  juillet
Your Goat Gag of the Month
Photo: Flint C. Hollarsby Christopher HodappThe Masonic Temple in Healdsburg, California is home to Sotoyome-Curtis Lodge 123. Their ground-floor tenant has apparently been listening at the door of the lodge for inspiration.Apologies in advance to all goat gag-hating Masons out there. Since I...
04h00 07  juillet
Northern California Artists Paint Masonic Mural
Photo: (George Johnston Daily News)by Christopher HodappNOTE: This post has been edited to credit artist Carl Avery who designed this particular mural.A volunteer group of graphic artists has pooled their talents to cover the exterior walls of their northern California town with public art, and...
17h32 06  juillet
Mother and Son Lost At Sea Last December Were ’Cleansing’ Her of Freemasonry
by Christopher HodappSometimes a story comes along that is so completely odd that I just sit and stare at the screen and wonder how to even begin to describe it.An elderly dementia sufferer from Australia named Felicity Loveday (84) and her son , Adrian Meneveau (56), were lost at sea last December...
19h49 04  juillet
Why Freemasonry Still Matters
by Christopher HodappThe United States has been rocked over the past month with images and stories relating to massive protests, rioting and statue-removing furor set off by the death of George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the weeks passed, the toxic confluence of the...