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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

The Northern Light Looks Forward

The Northern Light has existed for nearly a half century. Throughout its tenure as the communications method of record for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, it has seen much growth and change.  Read more

Behind the Francken Manuscript

For the past four years, our staff has been dedicated to restoring a seminal work of Masonic literature for all to read and enjoy. The 1783 Francken Manuscript is a “long lost” volume of Freemasonry, detailing the 4th through 25th degrees as they were performed in the 18th century. Read more