The Masonic Society School

The Masonic Society School is proud to announce its inaugural course:

Study of the History and Philosophy of Freemasonry

Online videos and discussion forum

October 17-December 19, 2016

The nine video lectures will include an overview of the early operative Freemasons as well as the formation of the Grand Lodge of England and its constitutions; Masonic jurisprudence; the practice and nature of Masonic initiation; Freemasons at the time of the American Revolution; anti-Masonic movements; Women in Masonry; Rosicrucian and Egyptian influences in Masonry; the spiritual nature of Masonry; and more. Students and the instructor will have a private forum for discussing the lectures and reading.

Students will submit a final paper that can be used as the basis for a presentation or article.


 

Instructor: Michael R. Poll

Michael R. Poll is owner of Cornerstone Book Publishers. He is a fellow and past president of The Masonic Society, a fellow of the Philalethes Society, a fellow of the Maine Lodge of Research, secretary of the Louisiana Lodge of Research, and a full member of the Texas Lodge of Research.

A New York Times bestselling writer and publisher, Michael is a prolific writer, editor, and publisher of Masonic and esoteric books. As time permits, he travels and speaks on the history of Freemasonry, with a particular focus on the early history of the Scottish Rite. His book Masonic Enlightenment: The Philosophy, History and Wisdom of Freemasonry will be the text for the course, available at a 40 percent discount or included in the course fee.

Michael lives in New Orleans, LA, with his wife and two sons.


 

The course is open exclusively to TMS members. For more information, see the introductory video, below.

Registration for the course is via Eventbrite.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:58

 

2016 Annual Conference of The Masonic Society

The Masonic Society

2016 Annual Conference - "Freemasonry on the Frontier"

October 7 through 9, 2016

Morgan Hill Masonic Lodge, Morgan Hill, California

(20 minutes from San Jose International Airport)

Registration:

Via Eventbrite: “Freemasonry on the Frontier” - 2016 Annual Conference of The Masonic Society

The conference will begin Friday evening with an informal dinner and end with lunch on Sunday. A tour of the Winchester Mystery House—possibly haunted and with Masonic connections—will be offered Sunday at 2.  (Tour requires separate registration -- please see the Eventbrite page.)

NOTICE: PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY REGISTRATION FORMS OR PAYMENTS TO MORGAN HILL LODGE. THE LODGE IS NOT HANDLING ANY REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT. ALL REGISTRATIONS AND PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE EVENTBRITE LINK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

All-Inclusive Admission Includes basic conference admission and all three conference meals. This is a $20 savings over purchasing all tickets separately. NOTE: Does NOT include the Winchester Mystery House tour. $100.00
ALA CARTE:    
Basic Conference Admission Basic Conference admission to attend the speaker sessions. No meals included. Meals may be purchased individually, or see the "all-inclusive" ticket instead. $50.00
Friday Dinner Friday buffet dinner only. Does not include admission to speaker sessions. $20.00
Saturday Luncheon Saturday luncheon only. Does not include admission to speaker sessions. $15.00
Saturday Banquet Saturday evening banquet only. Does not include admission to speaker sessions. $35.00
OPTIONAL TOUR:    
Winchester Mystery House Tour Optional tour of the Winchester Mystery House, 2PM Sunday October 9. Subject to cancellation depending on number of participants as of the cutoff date. If the tour is cancelled, full refunds of the tour ticket price will be made. $30.00

Venue:

Morgan Hill Masonic Center
380 W Dunne Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Capacity: 160

Accommodations: Discounted rate of $139.00 per night available at the Courtyard by Marriott Morgan Hill, 18610 Madrone Pkwy, Morgan Hill, CA 95037. Telephone: 408-782-6034 and mention The Masonic Society to get the discounted rate or reserve online at:

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CHIAHGI-TMSPS-20140912/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Schedule:

All times are Pacific Daylight Time

(Schedule is being developed. See below for current Featured Speakers.)  

The conference will begin Friday evening with an informal dinner and end with lunch on Sunday. A tour of the Winchester Mystery House—possibly haunted and with Masonic connections—will be offered Sunday at 2.

Watch this space for further information as it develops.

Dress: Minimum business casual (Collared shirt, dress slacks, no jeans, teeshirts, or tennis shoes)

Parking: Ample free parking on site

Smoking: Morgan Hill Masonic Center is a non-smoking facility.

Handicapped Facilities: Yes

Inquiries: conference2016@themasonicsociety.com

* All times are Pacific Daylight Time

 


Featured Speakers for The 2016 Annual Conference

(Other presenters to be announced*)


Friday Evening:
Samuel Langhorn Clemens: Brother Samuel Clemens was made a Mason in 1861, at Polar Star Lodge 79, St. Louis, MO. His many literary works (often published under the pen name Mark Twain) include “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” (set less than 135 miles from the site of this conference) and Roughing It, an account of Clemens’s life and travel on the Western frontier.

Clemens’s appearance is made possible by WB Jefferson H. Jordan, Jr., immediate past grand master of Masons in New Mexico and an authority on Clemens’s life and work.

A Vietnam veteran, Jordan attended Texas Western College in El Paso, TX, and is now the owner of Pioneer Equipment Sales. He is past master of Temple Lodge 6, Albuquerque, past district deputy grand lecturer for two years, and past district deputy grand master.


Saturday Morning:
Mark A. Tabbert: "George Washington and the Masonic Frontiers of the 1700's"

Worshipful Brother Mark Tabbert has served as curator of the Scottish Rite National Heritage Museum, and is currently director of collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA. He is past master of Mystic Valley Lodge, Arlington, MA, and the Lodge of Nine Muses 1776, Washington DC. He is a full member of Quatour Coronati Lodge 2076, London, and a member of the Society of Blue Friars.

Tabbert is the author of American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities; Museum and Memorial: Ten Years of Masonic Writings; and,with William D. Moore, Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism. He is currently working on three books on George Washington and Freemasonry-related topics.


Saturday Evening:
John Bizzack, PhD: "The Expansion of Freemasonry into the West: The Pivotal Role of Kentucky, 1788-1810"

Worshipful Brother John Bizzack is a twenty-five-year veteran of the Lexington (KY) Police Department and, more recently, Commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Training for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet.

Bizzack is a member of Lexington Lodge 1, where he serves as the Education Committee chair and coordinator of the Masonic History and Study Group. He is author of several books and numerous papers on leadership, criminal investigation, and organizational management, as well as five books, along with dozens of publications, about Freemasonry. He speaks nationwide on the criminal justice system, critical thinking, and Freemasonry.


John Cooper, PhD: "Freemasonry and Nation-Building on the Pacific Coast: The California Experience"

MWB John Cooper is a past grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of California, having served for almost eighteen years when he retired in 2008. In 2013-2014 he served as grand master of Masons in California. He holds a PhD in education from Claremont Graduate School, and before becoming grand secretary, he held various teaching and administrative posts in the public schools of California.

A Mason since 1964, Cooper served as master of James A. Foshay Lodge 641 in Los Angeles, and is both a thirty-third degree Mason in the Scottish Rite and a Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honor in the York Rite. His primary interest in Freemasonry has been the history and philosophy of the Craft, and he has published numerous papers on Freemasonry. He has served as master of both Northern and Southern California Research Lodges, and is currently president of the Philalethes Society.


*Other presenters will be chosen based on proposals. Click here for a proposal form.


 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:15

 

TMS Scholar

TMS Scholar

The Scholar will receive a $2,500 grant to conduct a Masonic research project during the following year. During that year, the Scholar will be available for a limited number of presentations to Lodges of Research and other Masonic organizations, who will pay only travel expenses. At the end of the year, the Scholar will present the product of his research at a TMS event.

Details on applying will be announced here, in the Journal, and on the members’ forum.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 11:06

 

Three Announcements

The Masonic Society announces:

1. The Annual Conference of The Masonic Society, taking place this year October 7-9, at Morgan Hill Masonic Lodge, Morgan Hill, California (just twenty minutes from San Jose International Airport). The theme of the conference will be “Freemasonry on the Frontier,” the role of Masonry in the westward expansion of the US and Canada.

The conference will begin Friday evening with an informal dinner and end with lunch on Sunday. The event is being coordinated by TMS Director Gregg Hall.

Details on the conference, along with a call for presentations, will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of The Journal of the Masonic Society. To receive advance information when it’s available, please email conference2016@themasonicsociety.com and ask to be put on the conference email list.

2. The Masonic Society School, a program of noncredit online Masonic “courses,” study groups, and reading groups, as well as possible tours and other experiences, exclusively for TMS members. We expect to launch the first offerings at the October conference. The school is being coordinated by TMS Director Greg Knott.

Details on the school will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of The Journal of the Masonic Society. To receive advance information when it’s ready, email school@themasonicsociety.com and ask to be put on the school email list.

3. The Masonic Society Scholar, an annual award to a Masonic researcher/educator. During the year of the award, the recipient will make himself available to speak at a number of lodges of research and other Masonic bodies throughout the world (with travel expenses paid by the local organization).

The first TMS Scholar will be announced at the Annual Conference this October. The program is being coordinated by the immediate past president of TMS, James Dillman.

Details on the program, along with a call for nominations, will appear in the Spring 2016 issue of The Journal of the Masonic Society. For advance information, email scholar@themasonicsociety.com and ask to be put on the scholar email list.

(By sending email to these addresses, you are opting-in to receive occasional emails about the three programs.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:13

 

Summer Symposium

The Masonic Society and The Philalethes Society

Masonic Symposium

September 13, 2014

Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite Cathedral

Registration:

Via Eventbrite: The Masonic Society - Philalethes Society Symposium

BANQUET REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 10AM ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014.

NOTICE:  PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY REGISTRATION FORMS OR PAYMENTS TO THE SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY OF CHICAGO.  THE VALLEY IS NOT HANDLING ANY REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT.  ALL REGISTRATIONS AND PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE THROUGH THE EVENTBRITE LINK.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Fees: Symposium (Includes Continental Breakfast) $15.00
  Banquet (Must reserve by 10AM EDT, September 8, 2014) $35.00

Capacity: 100

Venue:

Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite Cathedral
383 E. Lake St.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1191

Schedule:

All times are Central Daylight Time

9:00-10:00 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00-11:00 A.M. Presentation I - Steve Harrison
11:00-11:15 A.M. Break
11:15-12:15 P.M. Presentation II - Shawn Eyer
12:15- 2:00 P.M. Lunch (on your own)**
2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Presentation III - Mark Robbins
3:00 - 3:15 P.M. Break
3:15 - 4:15 P.M. Presentation IV - Alton Roundtree
4:15 P.M. End of sessions - free time till dinner
5:00 - 6:00 P.M. Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 P.M. Banquet and Keynote Speaker
Speaker:  Andrew Hammer

Banquet Menu:  Prime rib of beef, soup, tossed salad, dinner roll, baked potato, green beans, cheesecake, coffee.

Dress:  Minimum business casual (Collared shirt, dress slacks, no jeans, teeshirts, or tennis shoes)

Parking:  Ample free parking on site

Smoking: The Scottish Rite Cathedral is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is permitted on the patio or a minimum of twenty-five feet from the entrance.

Handicapped Facilities:  Yes

Accommodations:  Discounted rate of $95.00 per night available at the Hilton Garden Inn, 551 N. Swift Rd., Addison, IL 60101 Telephone: 630-691-0500 and mention The Masonic Society to get the discounted rate or reserve online at:

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/C/CHIAHGI-TMSPS-20140912/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Inquiries:  secretary@themasonicsociety.com

* All times are Central Daylight Time

** There are a variety of options with various price points within easy driving distance.


Speakers for TMS-PSoc Symposium

Alton G. Roundtree, 33°, is a Past Master of Redemption Lodge No. 24 of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington, D.C.   He is the Grand Editor-in-Chief of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.  Alton is also a member of the Jonathan Davis Consistory No. 1, Mecca Temple No. 10 (Shriners), Mt. Vernon Chapter No. 1 (Holy Royal Arch Masons), Henderson Commandery, and Redemption Chapter No. 14 of the Order of Eastern Star.  Alton is a writer, publisher, researcher and editor of the Prince Hall Masonic Digest and The Phylaxis Magazine. He, along with Paul M. Bessel, is author of the bestseller and internationally acclaimed book, "Out of the Shadows: The Emergence of Prince Hall Freemasonry in America (Over 225 Years of Endurance)."  He is also author of The National Grand Lodge and Prince Hall Freemasonry: The Untold Truth, and Conference of Grand Masters Prince Hall Masons, Conference History: 1887-2013.  Alton, along with Tehuti Evans, is currently completing a history book on the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, History of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge: 1822-2013.   He is also in the process of writing the updated history of the Prince Hall Shriners – 1993-2014.  Alton is a member of two distinguished Masonic Groups, Society of Blue Friars (2011) and Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not (2008).  He is also a member of the Philalethes Society and a Fellow of The Masonic Society and The Phylaxis Society.

Presentation:  Masonic Historical Research and Presentation: Intricate and Acceptance

The presenter will review the generally accepted steps and requirements necessary to ensure that Masonic historical research is done properly.  Problems and approaches in Masonic historical research will be highlighted.  Some of the problems and lessons learned in writing three Masonic history books will be reviewed.  The requirements to make a successful presentation of historical research findings will be addressed.  The presentation will also touch upon Masonic historical analysis and interpretation, significance and impact, in depth research, historical accuracy, historical context, and adherence to the theme.


Shawn Eyer is a Masonic scholar researching the history, ritual, iconography, symbolism and philosophy of Craft Freemasonry, and has lectured widely at both academic conferences and Masonic symposia. Bro. Eyer has authored dozens of articles on Masonry, and is the editor of Ahiman: A Review of Masonic Culture and Tradition, and of Philalethes. He is the Director of Communications of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.

Presentation: The Role of Music and Song in Traditional Freemasonry

In the eighteenth century, during the classical period of Freemasonry, singing was a normal part of the lodge experience. Nearly every published book of Constitutions and Masonic lectures included a significant number of Masonic songs. Often set to familiar melodies, the lyrics of these songs transmitted and illustrated Masonic tradition. More than just drinking songs, they reinforced the culture of Freemasonry, taught the Craft's special mythology, and underlined the ideal experience of the lodge as an analogue of the Temple of Solomon.


Steven L. Harrison, 33°, is Past Master of Liberty Lodge #31, Liberty, Missouri, and a dual member of Kearney Lodge #311. His Masonic affiliations include Liberty York Rite Bodies, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Joseph and Moila Shrine. A member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, he is Past Dean of its St. Joseph Preceptory. Steve is the Master and a Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He is a regular contributor to several Masonic publications and editor of the Missouri Freemason magazine. His latest book is Freemasons: Tales From the Craft. With a Master's degree from Indiana University, he is retired from a career in information technology. Steve and his wife Carolyn reside in Kearney, Missouri.

Presentation:  The Mystery of Oak Island: Masonic Connections to a Real National Treasure Site

For over two centuries a small patch of land on an obscure island has baffled treasure hunters and scientists alike.  Tantalizing clues indicate it may be the site of the world's greatest treasure, or it might be history's most elaborate hoax.  Speculation about who is responsible for its puzzling origin runs the gamut from pirates to space aliens; but when the facts are laid out the evidence on mysterious and enigmatic Oak Island points to one group... the Freemasons.


Mark Robbins is a Past Master of Mankato Lodge #12, AF&AM of Minnesota, currently serving as Lodge Education Officer.  He became a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in 2007 in the Valley of Rochester in Minnesota, served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection 2011-2013, received the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2011.  A member of both The Masonic Society and the Philalethes Society, he was named an Esteemed Fellow of The Masonic Society in 2012.  He was appointed Grand Lodge Education Officer of the AF&AM of Minnesota in 2014.  Mark holds a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, and is currently on the faculty of the Department of Government at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Presentation:  Freemasonry and Law Enforcement: Compatible or Conflicting?

Law enforcement in a democratic society has always been a complicated issue.  If you add to the discussion the issue of Freemasonry, a whole new set of concerns are raised.  Do the moral lessons inculcated in Freemasonry, the ideals of tolerance and universal brotherhood, make for a better police officer (or judge,) or does the “secrecy” and obligations Masons have to support each other bring about corruption and favoritism?  We will explore some examples of the affect Freemasonry has had on law enforcement in Great Britain and America and how Masonic concepts fit within the ethics of law enforcement.


Andrew Hammer is a Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and holds a Gold Card in the Grand Lodge of Virginia, which certifies his proficiency in all aspects of Masonic ritual. He is a Royal Arch Mason, a Companion of the Allied Masonic Degrees and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He is a member of the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle, the Philalethes Society, the Masonic Society, and sits on the Executive Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. He resides in Alexandria Virginia. He is the author of Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance.

Presentation: Pending

 

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