On this day in 1909, 27th President of the United States, William Taft, was initiated into Freemasonry as an Entered Apprentice Mason.
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both of these offices.
On 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, bringing together a panel of prominent Masonic scholars covering unique perspectives on Freemasonry, Aesthetics, and Civil Society. You will have the opportunity to learn from renowned historians and interact with Masonic experts including Grand Master John Cooper. Open to the public, this event seeks to educate and inspire scholars of the craft.
Midnight Freemason Contributor RWB Michael H Shirley has penned a post about DeMolay International (also known as the Order of DeMolay). DeMolay derives its name from Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar. The organization was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1919. It is an international organization for young men ages 12 to 21.
From the article:
I’m originally from Evanston, Illinois, the city immediately north of Chicago, but I’ve lived in central Illinois for the last twenty-five years. There are frustrations common to both places, but I’ve learned that one difficulty that rural areas have that urban areas don’t is the lack of a good-sized population to draw from when you want to do things in groups. So the problems inherent in trying to rebuild a DeMolay chapter in a small town aren’t surprising. Tuscola, Illinois, is the county seat of Douglas County, and has a population of only 4600, which makes it the major metropolitan area around here. There are a couple of other towns of some size nearby, but the whole county has only 19,000 people in it, so finding boys who would be interested in DeMolay is not the easiest thing. We have an excellent Chapter Dad, and my wife, Debra, who’s on the board of advisors, is a font of ideas, but, in terms of numbers, we haven’t had much success so far. Read more »
On January 5, 1933 construction was begun on the Golden Gate Bridge, the iconic suspension bridge sporting “International Orange” paint that spans the Golden Gate strait – the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This famous bridge links the city of San Francisco to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most identifiable symbols of San Francisco. The American Society of Civil Engineers has declared the Golden Gate Bridge one of the Wonders of the Modern World. Read more »