Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Masonic symposium to be held at the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction’s National Heritage Museum on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Registration is now open for the April 28 symposium at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library in Lexington, Massachusetts.  A registration form can be downloaded here.  Please consider joining us for this exciting day!

The symposium seeks to present the newest research on American fraternal groups from the past through the present day.  By 1900, over 250 American fraternal groups existed, numbering six million members.  The study of their activities and influence in the United States, past and present, offers the potential for fresh interpretations of American society and culture.

Seven scholars from the United States,Britain and Belgium will fill the day’s program:

  • Jeffrey Tyssens, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, “The Goatee’s Revenge: A Founding Myth and a Founder’s Cult in American Fraternalism”
  • Yoni Appelbaum, Brandeis University, “The Great Brotherhood of Toil: The Knights of Labor as a Fraternal Order”
  • Adam G. Kendall, Henry W. Coil Library and Museum, “The Shadow of the Pope: Anti-Catholicism, Freemasonry, and the Knights of Columbus in 1910s California”
  • Samuel Biagetti,Columbia University, “A Prehistoric Lodge inRhode Island? – Masonry and the Messianic Moment”
  • Alyce Graham,University of Delaware, “Secrecy and Democracy: Masonic Aprons, 1750-1830”
  • Bradley Kime, Brigham Young University, “Masonic Motifs in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Kristofer Allerfeldt, Exeter University, “The Significance of Fraternalism in Three Criminal Organizations of Late Nineteenth Century America: The Mollie Maguires, the Ku Klux Klan and the Mafia”

All Symposium attendees are invited to a public lecture by Michael Halleran, Independent Scholar, “Gentlemen of the White Apron: Freemasonry in the American Civil War,” at 1 PM, in the Maxwell Auditorium.  This presentation is made possible through the generous support of Ruby W. Linn.

The symposium is funded in part by the Supreme Council, 33°, N. M. J., U.S.A. Registration is $65 ($60 for museum members) and includes morning refreshments, lunch and a closing reception.  To register, complete the Registration Form and fax to 781-861-9846 or mail to Claudia Roche, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA02421; registration deadline is APRIL 14, 2012.  For more information, contact Claudia Roche at or 781-457-4142.

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