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Masonic Talks are a series of recorded presentations focused on leadership development, Lodge management, or Masonic Education

Please follow us on Facebook or sign up for our email newsletter for alerts on upcoming Masonic Talks. All Masonic Talks are free and open to the public via Zoom Meetings. Below are archived programs on the Craftsmen Online YouTube Channel.

“Freemasonry and Enlightenment”
Freemasonry is an enigmatic fraternity whose origins are lost in antiquity. Its purpose, however, is something each generation must decide.
This program was recorded on November 6, 2021

“Masonic Charity”
Freemasons take a series of obligations that appeal to charity, relief, and support. We obligate ourselves, willfully, to care for our fellow Brothers, their families, but also to the world around us.
This program was recorded on October 24, 2021
“Freemasonry, Initiation, and the Mysteries”
Bro. Angel Millar will illuminate the process of initiation through the archetypes of the craftsman, warrior, and magician.
This program was recorded on August 9, 2021
“The Business of Freemasonry”
Business meetings. While they are necessary for the function of managing a Lodge, there are best practices that can make meetings more engaging and productive.
This program was recorded on August 2, 2021
“Star Wars and Freemasonry”
Our panel explores the ideas and themes in Star Wars that connect to the teachings of Freemasonry.
This program was recorded on June 6, 2021
“Masonic Law & Your Lodge”
Masonic Law and Your Lodge and the fundamentals of Masonic law that all Masters must know and all Brothers should know.
This program was recorded on May 1, 2021
“Lodge Artifacts”
Bro. Alexander Vastola, Director of The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library and Craftsmen Online History co-editors, WB Ron Seifried and Bro. Nathan Tweedie, present the basics to preserving your Lodge’s Artifacts.
This program was recorded on April 9, 2021
“The Craft in the Clubhouse: A Comparison of Baseball and Freemasonry”
Brother Nathan Tweedie will discuss Baseball and Freemasonry are two institutions that have shaped American culture.
This program was recorded on April 2, 2021
“Masonic Etiquette and Protocol”
RW Bro. Marino has trained our District Deputies and Staff Officers since 1993 as a member of the Grand Lodge Education Committee from 1987 through 1993
This program was recorded on March 18, 2021
“History of Freemasonry in Buffalo, NY”
RW Daniel Di Natale presents “Stories in Stone,” this history of Freemasonry in Western New York as told through the lens of Forrest Lawn Cemetery.
This program was recorded on February 25, 2021
“Robert Burns Night”
Craftsmen Online’s virtual celebration of the life and work of WB and Companion Robert Burns, Poet Laureate of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
This program was recorded on January 26, 2021
“The Harlem Hellfighters”
Fellowcraft Ricardo Rosado presents the history of The Harlem Hellfighters and their Masonic connections.
This program was recorded on January 19, 2021
“History of Allied Lodge #1170”
MW Daniel Semel shares his oral history of Allied Lodge #1170’s F. & A.M.’s integration in New York City during the Civil Rights Era.
This program was recorded on January 19, 2021
“Insurance and Assets”
Lodge Insurance 101 – Protecting your Lodge’s Assets.
This program was recorded on January 16, 2021

“Images of America – Long Island Freemasons”
For over 200 years, more than 70 lodges were founded and flourished in various locations from Amagansett to Great Neck.
This program was recorded on December 18, 2020

“Lodge Exemptions and Real Property Tax”
RW Michael R. Siegel, Esq., District Deputy Grand Master, Mid-Hudson District shares his insight on Lodge and Building Management.
This program was recorded on December 7, 2020

“Responsibilities of a Lodge and Building Trustee”
The second program in our Lodge and Building Management 101 series: Responsibilities of a Lodge and Building Trustee.
This program was recorded on November 24, 2020

“Grand Marshals”
RW Steven Adam Rubin, Grand Treasurer hosts a Masonic Talk featuring every living Past Grand Marshal from the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
This program was recorded on November 19, 2020
“The Battle Within”
Every day in America, approximately 20 military veterans lose their battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
This program was recorded on November 9, 2020
“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You and Your Lodge”
The Basics of Fiscal Lodge Management and Building Management and Its Financial Structure.
This program was recorded on September 22, 2020

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