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Masonic History

The Masonic Society

"The ultimate success of Masonry depends on the intelligence of her disciples."

- Albert Mackey

A significant group of passionate Masons are coming together to create what aims to be nothing less than the premier North American research society in Freemasonry. Called simply The Masonic Society, we are gathering together brothers who have a deep and abiding desire to seek knowledge, explore history, discover symbolism, debate philosophies, and in short, who will be at the forefront of charting a path for the future of Freemasonry.

As a student of Freemasonry, you are invited to join with us in the formation of this new and exciting organization.

Our name, The Masonic Society, intentionally alludes to the Royal Society, the innovative organization of visionary men who were at the forefront of the Age of Enlightenment, many of whom were present at the formation of what became modern Freemasonry. Likewise, our new Society will be at the forefront of a new age of Freemasonry, and we intend to be a vibrant, active community within the fraternity.

The goal of The Masonic Society is not just to look backward at the history of Freemasonry, but to foster the intellectual, spiritual and social growth of the modern Masonic fraternity.

To that end, The Masonic Society extends the hand of assistance and cooperation to individual Masonic research lodges in North America. It is the desire of The Masonic Society to be a partner with these lodges, to give their members the regular opportunity to publish their papers for an international audience, and to publicize their activities.

The Masonic Society is also forging a special relationship with those bodies that meet annually during Masonic Week, as well as the Grand Encampment, Knights Templar and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. While not designed as a York Rite-specific research group, The Masonic Society encourages examination of this branch of Freemasonry.

The Masonic Society Founding Fellows

  • John Belton
  • Yasha Beresiner
  • Paul M. Bessel
  • Ezekiel M. Bey
  • Timothy D. Bonney
  • Clayton J. Borne, III
  • Nathan C. Brindle
  • Justin Budreau
  • Allan L. Casalou
  • Marc Conrad
  • John L. Cooper, III
  • Robert G. Davis
  • Stephen Dafoe
  • Eric Diamond
  • R. Stephen Doan
  • Shawn Eyer
  • Bruno Gazzo
  • Edward Halpaus
  • John R. Heisner
  • Kent Henderson
  • Jay Hochberg
  • Christopher L. Hodapp
  • Rex R. Hutchens
  • Thomas W. Jackson
  • Adam G. Kendall
  • Edward L. King
  • Frederick G. Kleyn, III
  • William H. Koon, II
  • Robert Lomas
  • Ronald D. Martin
  • Ralph McNeal
  • S. Brent Morris
  • Charles Munro
  • Jeffrey Naylor
  • Richard Num
  • Michael R. Poll
  • W. Bruce Pruitt
  • David L. Revels
  • Alton Roundtree
  • Eric Schmitz
  • Michael L. Sellick
  • George D. Seghers
  • Aaron M. Shoemaker
  • Cory Sigler
  • Mark Stavish
  • Mark Tabbert
  • Robert L. Uzzel
  • Roger S. Van Gorden
  • Duane Vaught
  • William Wine
  • Leon Zeldis


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