Monthly Archives: September 2010

What Makes A Mason?

What makes you a Mason, O brother of mine? It isn’t the due-guard, nor is it the sign, It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast, It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed, It isn’t the step, … Continue reading

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An Explanation of The Allied Masonic Degrees

The Allied Masonic Degrees are detached degrees some of which, many years ago, were conferred under Craft warrants and formed part of the then loosely governed Freemasonry of the period. Many of these detached degrees became dormant in some places; … Continue reading

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Introduction To The Allied Masonic Degrees

The Allied Masonic Degrees are detached degrees, which, many years ago, were conferred under Craft Warrants and formed a part of the loosely governed Freemasonry, which afterward eliminated all save the three Craft degrees and the Royal Arch. All old … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Order of the Eastern Star in New York

Facts presented in this section were derived from a pamphlet entitled, “Interesting Historical Data” by MW Annie M. Pond published in 1950 by the Order of the Eastern Star of the State of New York.  Early historical Information in this … Continue reading

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The Old Master’s Wages

I met a dear old man today Who wore a Masonic pin It was old and faded like the man It’s edges worn and thin… …I approached the park bench where he sat To give the old Brother his due … Continue reading

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The Objective of Freemasonry

As you travel around from jurisdiction to jurisdiction you hear members expound on the objectives of Freemasonry.  The general consensus of members is that the main objective of the fraternity is to “Make Good Men Better“.  Of course in conspiracy … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Freemasonry – U.S. Masonic Presidents (Part 7)

This article was taken from the Leadership Development Course (1995 Revision) originally published by the Grand Lodge of NY Committee on Leadership Services, authored by Allan M. Bryant. George Washington (1732-1799) 1st 1789-1796 James Monroe (1758-1831) 5th 1817-1825 Andrew Jackson … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Freemasonry – A New Era (Part 6)

This article was taken from the Leadership Development Course (1995 Revision) originally published by the Grand Lodge of NY Committee on Leadership Services, authored by Allan M. Bryant. The cornerstone for a new Masonic Hall for Grand Lodge was laid … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Freemasonry – The Morgan Affair (Part 5)

This article was taken from the Leadership Development Course (1995 Revision) originally published by the Grand Lodge of NY Committee on Leadership Services, authored by Allan M. Bryant. The disappearance of William Morgan in September of 1826 set the stage … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Freemasonry – Early Freemasonry in the New Republic (Part 4)

This article was taken from the Leadership Development Course (1995 Revision) originally published by the Grand Lodge of NY Committee on Leadership Services, authored by Allan M. Bryant. After the Revolution, the American Grand Lodges became sovereign and independent.  Eventually … Continue reading

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