Bio - Brother Noah L. Hansen, Ed.D., is a dual member of Byron Lodge #274 and Springfield Lodge #4. He holds several advanced degrees, including a doctorate in education. Bro. Hansen is an adjunct professor and teaches educational psychology, research methodology, and reading methods at two Illinois universities.
Brother Hansen is also an ordained minister and serves as a chaplain with the United States Christian Commission and the Order of Lay Franciscans. He is currently the Chaplain and Almoner for Byron Lodge #274.
Brother Hansen lives with his family in northern Illinois, and enjoys traveling to other Masonic lodges, churches, and libraries to present talks on a wide variety of topics and sharing his love of learning and research with others.
Travel - (free of charge): up to 30 miles from Byron. Travel with expenses or gas card/gift: 30-60 miles from Byron
Note: Preference for lodges in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, and Stephenson counties.
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.
This presentation will examine the symbolism in the Great Seal of the United States, as well as other symbols in our nation. There will be a discussion of the other symbols and emblems of the United States and Masonic influences on them.
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.
This lecture includes a discussion of the Little Free Library project, a non-profit organization committed to bringing little libraries to build literacy in communities. The project will be tied into what lodges can do to build and foster community through these little libraries and how they can serve as community service projects, working with other community organizations like schools, Boy Scouts, churches, etc.
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