The origins of the Square and Compasses

As Masons, we are used to seeing the square and compasses symbol. Whether we are identifying it while passing a Masonic building or proudly pinning it to our suit, this Masonic emblem is forever imprinted on our minds. Learn more about this Masonic symbol and its origins in our newest blog. Read more

Harry Houdini, the Masonic Magician

Harry Houdini is most commonly known for illusions like his suspended straitjacket escape, buried alive trick, and the “Houdini Upside Down.” However, many people do not know the man behind the magician, Freemason Eric Weiss. Learn more about the illusionist who brought magic into the hearts of millions: Read more

Masonic Museums and Libraries to Visit in the US Part II

If you’ve been patiently waiting for our “Masonic Museums and Libraries to Visit in the US part II” blog, then the wait is over! We spotlight our own jewel in the crown, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. Read more

The Masonic Life of Mark Twain

The life of Mark Twain carries an amazing legacy and we are proud to call him a fellow Brother. Learn more about his Freemason origins and how the fraternity had an impact on his work. Read more

Sporting Gold: Masonic Athletes

What do Freemasonry, soccer, baseball and golf have in common? They were all shaped in some way or form by a Mason! Read on to learn about the origins of some of our favorite sports and discover three of the most impactful and dedicated Masonic sportsmen of the last century.  Read more

Jesse Pattee’s Master Mason Certificate

In the latest issue of The Northern Light, Jeffrey Croteau, Director of the Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives, writes in the Digital Collections Highlight about Jesse Pattee, a past Master Mason, with a beautiful story. Read our latest blog for the full article and head to our Northern Light web page to check out earlier editions of The Northern Light. Read more

Freemasons and Flag Day

As Scottish Rite Masons, one of our core values is Devotion to Country. Similarly, for Freemasons as a whole, we have a deep-rooted history in the United States of America and specifically with the American flag. We have participated in this country’s greatest battles and triumphs, helping to create the building blocks that define the fabric of our nation. Today and every day, we are proud to be Masons that live by the values of justice, integrity, toleration, service, reverence for god, and devotion to country. Read more

Short Talk Bulletins: History in the Making

Michael A. Smith was serving as the Tyler for Freeport Lodge #23 in Maine when he came across a group of old books that caught his attention. One in particular, “Short Talks on Masonry” by Joseph Fort Newton, published in 1928 by the Masonic Service Association, peaked his interest and led him on a Masonic journey like no other.  Read more

George Washington, President and Freemason

George Washington remains a steadfast pillar of the United States; a man who stood for justice, loyalty, and freedom. He was the country’s backbone for many years. His set of values were cemented in those of Blue Lodge Freemasonry, making it no surprise that today George Washington stands as a prominent figure in Masonic history.  Read more

Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library

Welcome to Lexington, Massachusetts, home of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library and the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction headquarters. Opened in 1975, this influential institution tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history.  Read more