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The purpose of this publication is to disseminate the writings of Freemasons and to  provide contemporary  information on Freemasonry.

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An Evening With the Bonisteel: A 25 ft. Airstream travel Trailer will house the exhibit

Announcing the  10th Anniversary Celebration of the Bonisteel Masonic Artifact & Lecture Travelling Exhibit.

Masonic Videos:

Freemasonry in Public Education

By Bro. Shawn M Gorley

Grand Master of Michigan
Bro. Richard Sands 1985-1986
A Timeline of High-Degree Masonry,

By Bro. Dr. S Brent Morris, PM

Black Freemasonry:

From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz

by Cecile Revauger

The history of Black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia in the late 1700s through the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.

• Reveals how many of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century were also Masons, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole

• Explores the origins of the Civil Rights Movement within black Freemasonry and the roles played by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois

When the first Masonic lodges opened in Paris in the early 18th century their membership included traders, merchants, musketeers, clergymen, and women - both white and black. This was not the case in the United States where black Freemasons were not eligible for membership in existing lodges. For this reason the first official charter for an exclusively black lodge - the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts - was granted by the Grand Lodge of England rather than any American chapter. Through privileged access to archives kept by Grand Lodges, Masonic libraries, and museums in both the United States and Europe, respected Freemasonry historian Cecile Revauger traces the history of black Freemasonry from Boston and Philadelphia in the late 1700s through the Abolition Movement and the Civil War to the genesis of the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1900s up through the 1960s. Looking at the deep connections between jazz and Freemasonry, the author reveals how many of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century were also Masons.
Unveiling the deeply social role at the heart of black Freemasonry, Revauger shows how the black lodges were instrumental in helping American blacks transcend the horrors of slavery and prejudice, achieve higher social status, and create their own solid spiritually based social structure, which in some cities arose prior to the establishment of black churches.

The Mysteries of John the Baptist: His Legacy in Gnosticism, Paganism, and Freemasonry.

By Tobias Churton

Few Freemasons today understand why the most significant date in the Masonic calendar is June 24th--the Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist and the traditional date for appointing Grand Masters. Nor do many of them know that Masons used to be known as “St. John’s Men” or that John the Baptist was fundamental to the original Masonic philosophy of personal transformation.

Masonic Papers:

Freemasonry and the Holocaust

By: Bro. Shawn M. Gorley

Masonry - How do we make Good Men Better?

By: Bro. Dr. Paul Uslan

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Earning Freemasonry:

A One Day Class Redemption

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this fine book, I loved it. Brother Osman tells his remarkable story coming from a one day class Mason to an educated and well respected writer and presenter of Masonic topics. The book covers a hot topic in Freemasonry in which in most cases a one day class Mason is looked down upon for not going through the degrees the traditional way. What he has become since is incredible and he proves the point very well that it is not how you come in to the craft but what you do with it once you are in. Osman shoots from the hip with his opinions and words which I found quite refreshing. This book is not only a must read for all one day classers but the rest of the Brethren to open their eyes that it really is important what you do once you join, not how you join. Great job Brother Osman! (Bro. Shawn M. Gorley)






Mitchell Ozog, ......................Editor-In-Chief

Karl W. Grube, Ph.D., ....................................Editor

Robert Blackburn, P.M. .................................Book Review Editor
Shawn M. Gorley, P.M. .................................Book Review Editor

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