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 Raising: The Master Mason Degree of Theodore Roosevelt 

W:. Ronald J. Seifried, DSA

On April 24, 1901, Brother Theodore Roosevelt was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. The “raising” of Brother Roosevelt took on a different meaning as he reached the third-floor lodge, carried by dozens of brothers. 

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

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

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

Passing the Exam: The Fellowcraft Degree of Theodore Roosevelt

By 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.
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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

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Fez Friday, Melha Shrine of Springfield, MA

Fez Friday, Melha Shrine of Springfield, MA

Melha Shrine of Springfield, MA. Melha #78 was chartered on June 14, 1898. There are a little over 900 members who are active in a wide variety of Clubs and Units within the Shrine. Melha supports the Shriners Hospitals located in Springfield and Boston. They recently relocated and the new Shrine Center is in Agawam, MA.

Fez Friday, Welcome

Fez Friday, Welcome

Next to Masonic Rings and Aprons, the Fez is one of the most identifiable accessories of a Freemason. We are proud to salute Shriners by highlighting member’s Fezzes and the story behind them.

Masonic Melody

Masonic Melody

This Knights Templar painted apron deals with the symbolic nature of the historic Templars as they exist as an inspiration within some areas of Freemasonry.

Chamber of Reflection

Chamber of Reflection

This Knights Templar painted apron deals with the symbolic nature of the historic Templars as they exist as an inspiration within some areas of Freemasonry.

Knights Templar Apron

Knights Templar Apron

This Knights Templar painted apron deals with the symbolic nature of the historic Templars as they exist as an inspiration within some areas of Freemasonry.

Masonic Charity

Masonic Charity

FAITH. HOPE. CHARITY.Charged With CharityCharity is the brightest jewel in the Masonic crownEditor's note: This article was originally published on The Midnight Freemasons blog and is being republished by permission of the author. This version contains...

Traveling Men – Puerto Vallarta

Traveling Men – Puerto Vallarta

A few years ago, I was invited to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, by some close friends to scuba diving. This was one of my favorite Masonic memories, and it would never have happened if I did not travel and take the time to meet Brothers from far and wide.

Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11

Craftsmen Online remembers September 11, 2001 with the words of MW Carl J. Fitje, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of New York.

Traveling Men

Traveling Men

As most Masons know we love to refer to ourselves as Traveling Men. But do you travel? Have you really taken advantage of how and what traveling means in our prestigious fraternity?

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