The Tyler’s sword is one of the most iconic symbols of our Ancient Craft, and the sword is carried with pride by various appendant bodies within Masonry. But what is the actual history of swords as they were used in the time of Solomon, the Templars, and the founding of the first lodges? Learn about the role the sword played in human society, and why and how Masonic-specific swords developed in colonial America. Questions are always welcome, and yes, you get to hold the swords.
From its inception, Freemasonry has maintained a strict policy of only admitting men throughout history. However, notable accounts of women being admitted and initiated as Masons under unusual circumstances have been recorded as factual by multiple Grand Lodges. In the modern day, the United Grand Lodge of England officially states that while they do not admit women, female Freemasons exist and are conducting good work. Who are these women Masons? Attend and find out.
In 1744, George Washington wrote a manual of social rules and etiquette that became his own code of conduct. This lecture will review how these rules impacted Washington's presidency as well as his Masonic life. It will also discuss selected rules in his book and how they can apply to Masons today.
An in-depth conversation about how the lodge regalia, jewelry, and pins that Masons wear came about. This lecture will discuss how the symbolism of Masonry translated into the physical regalia and jewels worn in lodge, as well as the fascinating history and development of the ubiquitous Masonic rings and pins that are worn by many brothers.
Freemasonry has had a long and complex relationship with Christianity, including the York Rite and Knights Templar. This lecture will discuss the religious overtones of Masons and its complicated past with Christians, Catholics, and other religious institutions.
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