Mar 20, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

On this day in 1853 Albert Pike joined the Scottish Rite

AlbertPikeCredited not only with overhauling the Scottish Rite, but with also writing all kinds of crazy nonsense if you believe what tinfoil hat wearing undereducated conspiracy nuts say, Albert Pike was quite the polarizing figure.  He was a Captain in the cavalry regiment of Arkansas Mounted Volunteers during the Mexican-American war, an American attorney, author, Confederate General in the Civil War, Freemason, and Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction).

From Wikipedia:

Pike was born in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Ben and Sarah (Andrews) Pike, and spent his childhood in Byfield and Newburyport, Massachusetts. His colonial ancestors included John Pike (1613-1688/1689), the founder of Woodbridge, New Jersey. He attended school in Newburyport and Framingham until he was 15. In August 1825, he passed entrance exams at Harvard University, though when the college requested payment of tuition fees for the first two years which he had successfully challenged by examination, he chose not to attend. He began a program of self-education, later becoming a schoolteacher in Gloucester, North Bedford, Fairhaven and Newburyport. Read more »

Mar 20, 2014 - Famous Masons    No Comments

17 Of The Most Influential Freemasons Ever

LogoBusinessInsiderChristina Sterbenz and Robert Johnson have written a piece over at Business Insider about the 17 most influential Freemasons ever.  Eric Goldschein contributed to the research for the article.  From Business Insider:

The Freemasons, a fraternal organization developed from the stonemasons, include more than 6 million members worldwide.

Despite nearing 300 years of activity, the Freemasons remain mysterious, with many of their records destroyed naturally by time. But a few member lists survived — and they name some of the most influential people throughout history.

While it is an interesting (and short) article, it appears that they may not have received the full story on the men they present as Masons.

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

Mar 11, 2014 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

Masons win ownership battle over Detroit’s Masonic Temple

DetroitMasonicTempleFrom The Detroit News:

The Masons have won their legal battle over who owns Detroit’s Masonic Temple, the largest building of its kind.

“We won! All counts related to any claims of ownership of the Masonic is over. It it is clearly owned by the Masons,” said Bradley Dizik, special adviser to the Masonic Temple’s board of trustees.

Dizik was referring to a Tuesday ruling by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Leslie Kim Smith that dismissed claims by a former management company they had an ownership stake in the institution, according to Dizik, who is attorney and a consultant in the case.

The Masonic Temple Association of Detroit, which owns the Masonic Temple, booted the management company, Halberd Holdings, out of the facility in 2012. The association claimed, among other things, that Halberd was ruining the temple’s reputation by not paying its bills and hiring felons. Read more »

Mar 7, 2014 - Masonic Activities    No Comments

White Mountain Lodge No. 3 Rededication March 9, 2014

WhiteMountainLodgeFrom the Grand Lodge of Arizona:

This year White Mountain Lodge No.3 will be participating in the annual “Historical Home & Building” tour conducted by the Globe & Miami Chamber of Commerce held on Saturday & Sunday March 8th & 9th. The Lodge has made plans for a great Masonic weekend and invites you to attend a major event on March 9th, 2014 in Globe, Arizona.

Over 133 years ago a group of local Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of New Mexico to form a Masonic Lodge in Globe. They received their Charter on January 18, 1881 as White Mountain Lodge No. 5, Grand Lodge of AF&AM of New Mexico. In 1882 the brethren of White Mountain Lodge ( joined with the other 4 Lodges existing then in the Arizona Territory to form the Grand Lodge of Arizona) was instrumental in forming the Grand Lodge of Arizona. At that formative meeting for the Grand Lodge of the Arizona Territory which was held in Tucson, White Mountain Lodge No.5 Grand Lodge of New Mexico was chartered on October 16, 1882 as White Mountain Lodge No. 3. Read more »

Feb 28, 2014 - Masonry in the News    No Comments

The Path that Lead the Way

californiahenrycoilmuseumtrowelFrom the Grand Lodge of California:

For the fourth consecutive year, the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry will join more than 50 other local historical and cultural organizations March 1-2 at The Old Mint in San Francisco to celebrate the diverse history of the city and the organizations that have contributed to it.

This heralded event brings together professional local historians from throughout San Francisco for celebration of and inquiry into the city’s past. Each organization will be setting up “mini-museums” and visitors are invited to rediscover the history of the city through artifacts, photographs, films, and oral histories.

Don’t miss the HWC Library and Museum’s display, featuring San Francisco’s Masonic history including historical treasures such as the ceremonial trowels that dedicated the cornerstones of the landmark building that the event is being held in!

For more information, visit sfhistoryexpo.org

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