On April 9, 2010, the Museum will present a symposium, New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism, which will explore new research on American fraternal groups from the past through the present day.
The keynote speaker is professor and author Jessica Harland-Jacobs of the University of Florida. She will speak on how using world history methodologies furthers understanding of fraternalism as a historical phenomenon.
Other presenters from the United States, Canada, and Britain include:
- Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch, University of Michigan, "Brothers of a Vow: Secret Fraternal Orders in Antebellum Virginia"
- Hannah M. Lane, Mount Allison University, "Freemasonry and Identity/ies in 19th-Century New Brunswick and Eastern Maine"
- Nicholas Bell, Curator, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, "An Ark of the New Republic"
- David Bjelajac, George Washington University, "Freemasonry, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and the Fraternal Ethos of American Art"
- Kristofer Allerfeldt, Exeter University, "Nationalism, Masons, Klansmen and Kansas in the 1920s"
- Adam G. Kendall, Henry W. Coil Library and Museum, “Klad in White Hoods and Aprons: American
Fraternal Identities, Freemasonry, and the Ku Klux Klan in California, 1921-1928”
Registration Is Still Open
There are three ways to register. First, download the form from our website.
- Complete form and mail with payment to: Claudia Roche, National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
- Complete form and fax to 781-861-9846
- Call 781-861-4142 to register by phone
- Registration is $50; $45 for Museum members—to become a member, visit our web site.
- Registration includes program, morning coffee, lunch, closing reception, and access to the Museum’s galleries and Library and Archives
- Refund requests received by April 1, 2010 will be honored, minus a $10 handling fee. No refunds after April 1, 2010.
The symposium is funded in part by the Supreme Council, 33°, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, United States of America.
Masonic embematic painting, 1840–1850. Possibly New York. Collection of the National Heritage Museum, Special Acquisitions Fund, 90.20. Photo by David Bohl.