New york masonic history

Connecting today’s Freemasons with our rich history. Join us in exploring the people and places in New York state’s past.

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Some will point to 1781 as the start of Freemasonry in New York State. That was the year that the Provincial Grand Lodge of New York (sometimes called the Atholl Grand Lodge) which was charted by the Ancient Grand Lodge of England.
From Colonial Lodges to George Washington’s famous visits, to the Morgan Affair and past Governors, Freemasonry has strong ties in New York State history.

Recent articles

The Mysterious Painting

W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA

Masonic lodge historical records sometimes suffer from the lack of detailed provenance of an artifact’s origins. But one recent discovery has started a long path based on just one word, or in this specific case, one name. 

King Solomon Temple

Brother Piano Legs: One of the Dead Ball Era Greats

Bro. Nathan Tweedie

Baseball’s Dead Ball Era may not have produced the mind-numbing number of homeruns that we see today,  but it was certainly the hay-day for nicknames. The 1880s-1920s saw nicknames like Butcher Boy, Nubby, and Foxy Grandpa but one of the strangest belonged to Brother George F. “Piano Legs” Gore.

19th Century Baseball player

Passing the Exam: The Fellowcraft Degree of Theodore Roosevelt 

W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA

On March 27, 1901, Brother Theodore Roosevelt was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft. Would you dare question his proficiency? “My Brothers, I believe you asked the wrong question.”

Second part of the multi-part series on the Masonic career of Brother Roosevelt.
President Theodore Roosevelt

The Lasting Legacy of Expelled Brothers

Bro. Nathan Tweedie

Freemasonry in New York State, and most of North America, is heavily influenced by the work of men that were expelled from the Craft.

President Theodore Roosevelt

Past articles

Development of Freemasonry in Albany

By W:. Michael A. Hernandez

On June 28, 1756, Alexander Lightfoot, an innkeeper of Albany, NY was laid to rest. According to The New York Mercury, “his corpse was attended by all gentlemen of the army, who were members of the Honorable Society of Free Masons.”
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The Utica Masonic Temple

Featuring an interview with Bro. Rocco Garro

“When lodges go dark, the items go to Grand Lodge and somehow end up on the campus of the Masonic home in Utica.” » Read More

A Visit from a Future President

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA

On a late summer day in 1931, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt travelled to Jephtha Lodge No. 494 in Huntington to commemorate the U.S. Constitution » Read More

Enter the Apprentice: The First Degree of Theodore Roosevelt

By W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA

On January 2, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt stepped inside the third-floor lodge room of Matinecock No. 806 F. & A.M in Oyster Bay, Long Island to be initiated into the degree of entered apprentice. Read More

More Light in Masonry

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The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island

The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island

While the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island is a small Masonic Jurisdiction, we have a large and historic heritage with connections to our colonial Brethren.

The Last Moon Lodge in New York State

The Last Moon Lodge in New York State

Warren Lodge #32 holds the historical relevance of being the “Last Moon Lodge in New York State.” RW Steven Adam Rubin shares this story and how Masons can support this special institution.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Many theologians look to The Tree of Life to unlock the mysteries of spiritual liberation. Bro. Rene Perez breaks down its meanings for Freemasons.

Oriental Shrine

Oriental Shrine

RW Anthony Prizza shares the history and work of New York State’s most northern Shrine Temple – the Oriental Shrine.

Sight Through Symmetry

Sight Through Symmetry

Throughout March, Bro. Erik LaMarca’s art is part of an exhibition on symmetry at Solas Studio in the Flatiron District.

The Ezra Ames Meritorious Service Award

The Ezra Ames Meritorious Service Award

Congratulations to RW Steven Adam Rubin for receiving the Ezra Ames Meritorious Service Award, the highest award of The Grand Chapter State of New York, Royal Arch Masons.

Masonic Books You Should Read

Masonic Books You Should Read

Five books every Brother should read for a better understanding of the esoteric and hidden meanings behind the mystical principles within the Craft.

The Five Elements and Five Senses

The Five Elements and Five Senses

“I found that there is a less known fifth element (Quintessence) that connects the other four elements and senses.”

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