Brothers and Friends,

Spring/Summer 2011 issue of The Rising Point released!

Page #3 - From the Parthenon to the Capitol
Page #10 - What exactly is More Light in Masonry?
Page #11 - Why Hitler Hates and Fears Freemasonry
Page #14 - Social Security and Freemasonry
Page #15 - Life and Progress Synonymous Terms
Page #16 - Fundamental Principles of Public Finance
Page #18 - Reading Masons and Masons who do not read
Page #21 - The Working Tools
Page #26 - the Power of the worshipful Master
Page #29 - Masonic Compact
Page #30 - The Intellectual Qualifications of Candidates
Page #33/34/35 - The Book Reviews


The Book Review:




BML 2011 Highlights



  •   Weekly updating of    

  •   Lewis Masonic Publishing featured on web sites

  •   Book Library moved to Milford Lodge #165

  •   Artifact Library moved to Detroit Masonic Library

  •   Web publishing component established in Ann Arbor


NEWS RELEASE FROM THE BONISTEEL - "Reading is a Masonic Duty"

The Bonisteel Masonic Library - Ann Arbor has launched a reading program for newly-made Masons of the State of Michigan. According to survey research by the Bonisteel, only 1/3 of Freemasons read 1 or more Masonic books yearly. If the Craft is to advance in the the 21st Century, Reading of Masonic literature must become a Masonic Duty, especially for the newly-made Mason.
The Bonisteel has spent considerable time in reviewing Masonic Books. On the Bonisteel web site is a page devoted to twelve (12) Masonic books available at discount rates from (Freemasonry). The Bonisteel recommends to newly made Masons that they purchase one new book a month. After 12 months, these young Masons will have developed a habit of reading Masonic works and they will have the beginnings of a Masonic Home Library. This reading program is being taken on the road by the Directors of the Bonisteel to support "Literacy in Masonic Literature". With a grant from the Bonisteel Foundation, all of the Bonisteel Directors have been on the travelling and donating contemporary Masonic books to libraries, lodges, and newly made Masons .... promoting the idea that "Reading is a Masonic Duty"

S & F

Please direct all communications to:

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., President
Bonisteel Masonic Library-Ann Arbor
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July 2007

The Bonisteel Masonic Library staff has recently updated our web site. We are now featuring weekly podcasts. Mitchell Ozog, Editor of Rising Point has completed the summer edition. The cover and feature article is on the Mackinac Bridge and the Freemasons who were involved in the longest suspension bridge in North America. Mitchell has returned from Poland and is organizing a power point presentation on Masonic life in Poland with an emphasis upon Masonry in Warsaw, Poland. See his PDF on the INDEX page of the Bonisteel. Karl Grube, President recently visited the Bonisteel Library at Interlochen Academy near Traverse City. 5.2 million dollars was budgeted for the music and creative arts library. This two story library has a worldwide reputation for its collections, summer programs, and year round services to students, faculty, and friends of the Bonisteel. Karl Grube & Mitchell Ozog have completed the LINKS page which features 100 of the finest Masonic links from around the world. When a new link is found, it replaces a former link on the page. Recently added are Masonic Images by Google, 100 high quality images from round the globe. Karl Grube has put together a slide presentation on the old 4th Avenue Ann Arbor Masonic Temple. It can be viewed on the Bonisteel web site in the ARCHITECTURE file. In September the Bonisteel will launch a monthly Saturday morning lecture for newly made Masons. This 1.5 hours will feature speakers on Masonic history, philosophy, and other esoteric subjects. It is open to all Masons in the Great Lakes region. If attendance and interest warrants, this Saturday pedagogical program will be offered at different locations throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., President
Bonisteel Masonic Library-Ann Arbor


The Bonisteel Masonic Library  was awarded a  $5,000  grant from the Bonisteel Foundation for the purpose of developing libraries at Masonic Lodges.  Sets of classic Masonic  books have been purchased from the Grand Lodge of Michigan and from  Masonic books will also be distributed to public Libraries throughout the State of Michigan .
Mitchell Ozog, Editor of rising Point will be traveling to Poland and Eastern Europe this summer to film and visit newly restored Masonic Temples, Libraries, and Museums.  Brother Ozog will be developing special Internet pages of the images for publication on the Bonisteel web site.
Robert Murphy, Bonisteel Director has been developing audio CD�s for distribution to Brothers who spend large amounts of time in their automobiles.  Brother Murphy & Sands have recently published six  Masonic education programs on CD for use in  Lodges.  

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., President
Bonisteel Masonic Library-Ann Arbor



On Friday evening, April 28, 2006, the Monroe Club held its Spring Dinner at the Buffalo Bistro Restaurant in Monroe. Everybody enjoyed their dinner and had a good time. The speaker for the evening was Karl Grube, PhD., and 32 degree Mason. He is the president of the Bonisteel Masonic Library in Ann Arbor. He gave a fascinating talk on Roscoe Bonisteel, 33 degree, and his many contributions to Freemasonry in Michigan. Karl brought along some interesting artifacts from the museum to show us. He also talked about the important part the Internet is playing in revitalizing Masonry.


Bonisteel Masonic Library Grant

The Bonisteel Masonic Library was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bonisteel Foundation to further the international mission of the library.  I wish to thank Art Davidge and Mitchell Ozog for the technical preparation of the grant. (kwg)
The Artifacts, Links, Architecture, and Index files of our web site have been expanded. New digital artifact images from our Ann Arbor Temple are posted.  As publishing policy, new content, editing, and graphic design are added to the Bonisteel web site weekly. Check out the best selling Masonic book in years, Freemasons for Dummies . - includes a $7.00 discount  - signed copies are available from author.
S & F,
Karl Grube, President



Dear WM:  As a member of the Bonisteel Masonic Library there are a number of basic services for your members, especially your newly-made Masons and Candidates.  
1st - The  six directors of the Bonisteel have designed an INTENDER program for candidates and/or newly made Masons.  The four lecture program reinforces the masonic Degrees offered in the Blue Lodge.
2nd - The Bonisteel offers research services for Masonic questions of interest to Lodge members.  Recently a brother wanted to know  Q -  Why Masons did not wear aprons to Benjamin Franklin's funeral attended by 25,000 Philadelphia citizens as was customary in the 18th century? A -  Bro. Franklin remained a Lodge member of the United Grand Lodge of England which was not recognized by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; the issue was clandestine vs. regular lodge status.
3rd - The Bonisteel has participated in the wiring of the the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple and providing computer hardware and software to create a Temple Network.  We have ten wall drops, three hardwired computer/printer stations and 7 laptop stations.  These stations are available to Bonisteel members from 9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. M-F, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Regulars 7:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. and by appointment.
4th - The Bonisteel offers Lecture Tours for its members.  Past tours have included the George Washington National Masonic Monument, Detroit Masonic Temple Lodge & Library Tour, Pathways Masonic Retirement Center at Alma, and the Grand Lodge of Michigan Library & Museum.  
I would like an opportunity to speak to your members at one of your Regular meetings.  My remarks would be informational and allow for Q & A by members in attendance.
S & F,
Karl Grube, President

Brother Krasnoff Gifts Classic Prints

The next time you are in the Temple, take a moment and look at the Bonisteel�s newest acquisition. Hung on the grand entry wall are four  classic Masonic prints.  The prints were purchased from  The quality framing includes protective light fading glass and was ordered and paid for by Brother Justin Krasnoff, Thrice PM.  The prints were selected  for their artistic Masonic value and their ability to be used in teaching Masonic ideals, especially to the newly-made Mason.    (kwg)


I am pleased to announce that the Bonisteel Masonic Library has located the original blueprints to the 4th Avenue Ann Arbor Masonic Temple.  This is important to Freemasons because these architectural prints and specifications were integrated into the Detroit Masonic Temple. The architectural specifications and creative thinking of George D. Mason, Architects and Engineers and Commissioned Artisans was greatly influenced by the 1922-24 Ann Arbor Temple project.

Ann Arbor Masonic Temple circa 1922

Detroit Masonic Temple circa 1927

Architectural Print Artifacts found:

1.    Sets of working blue prints in readable condition

2.    Original Tracings in reproducible condition

3.    Handwritten notes by Architects McConkey and Rousseau

The Bonisteel Masonic Library will be applying for a grant to develop an historic exhibit to promote our Masonic Heritage. The downtown Temple exhibit will include an updated writing of the history, construction of a scale model, and digital poster boards using original blueprints, photographs, and oral histories.

KARL GRUBE, Ph.D., President Bonisteel Masonic Library  8-12-03 AL 6003



The Bonisteel Masonic Library will offer monthly lectures for newly-made Masons.  Lectures will be presented by prominent Michigan Masons.


Intender Lecture Series

Dates:  1st Wednesday of the Month

Times:  6:20 Dinner  - 7:00 Lecture



Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., Masonic Education Officer AA Fraternity Lodge No. 262 


Place: Ann Arbor Masonic Temple 2875 W. Liberty Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Phone Info: 734-878-0639



Recognizing the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honoring them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history. (Introduced in House)


1st Session
H. RES. 17

Recognizing the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honoring them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.

January 4, 2005

Mr. GILLMOR (for himself and Mr. KINGSTON) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform


Recognizing the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honoring them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.

Whereas Freemasons, whose long lineage extends back to before the Nation's founding, have set an example of high moral standards and charity for all people;

Whereas the Founding Fathers of this great Nation and signers of the Constitution, most of whom were Freemasons, provided a well-rounded basis for developing themselves and others into valuable citizens of the United States;

Whereas members of the Masonic Fraternity, both individually and as an organization, continue to make invaluable charitable contributions of service to the United States;

Whereas the Masonic Fraternity continues to provide for the charitable relief and education of the citizens of the United States;

Whereas the Masonic Fraternity is deserving of formal recognition of their long history of care-giving for the citizenry and their example of high moral standards; and

Whereas Freemasons have always revered and celebrated St. John's Day, June 24th, as dedicated to their patron saints: Now, therefore, be it


    Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes the thousands of Freemasons in every State in the Nation and honors them for their many contributions to the Nation throughout its history.



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