Don't miss out! Register now for the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library symposium on Friday, April 11, 2014 - Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism. This day-long symposium seeks to present the newest research on American fraternal groups. By 1900, over 250 American fraternal groups existed, numbering six million members. The study of their activities and influence in the United States, past and present, offers the potential for new interpretations of American society and culture.
The day will include:
"Mid-Nineteenth Century Lodges: Middle-Class Families in the Absence of Women," Kristen M. Jeschke, DeVry University
"Bragging Brethren and Solid Sisters? Contrasting Mobilization Patterns Among Male and Female Orders During the Spanish-American War," Jeffrey Tyssens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
"Painted Ambition: Notes on Some Early Masonic Wall Painting," Margaret Goehring, New Mexico State University
"Pilgrimage and Procession: The Knights Templar Triennial Conclaves and the Dream of the American West," Adam G. Kendall, Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Grand Lodge of California
"The Colored Knights of Pythias," Stephen Hill Sr., Phylaxis Society
"'The Farmer Feeds Us All': The Origins and Evolution of a Grange Anthem," Stephen Canner, Independent Scholar
Participants will also have their choice of a tour of our exhibition, "A Sublime Brotherhood: 200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction," a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum collection, or a tour of highlights in the Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives.
Registration is $65 ($60 for museum members) and includes morning refreshments, lunch and a closing reception. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. To register - BY MARCH 21 - visit our website and complete a registration form.
The symposium is funded in part by the Supreme Council, N.M.J., U.S.A.