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.

Explore the past

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.

January articles

Enter the Apprentice: The First Degree of Theodore Roosevelt

Wor. Bro. 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.

President Theodore Roosevelt

Development of Freemasonry in Albany

Wor. Bro. 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.”

Masonic Lodge

Past articles

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

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Remembering MW Robert R. Livingston

Remembering MW Robert R. Livingston

Most Worshipful Robert R. Livingston served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of New York. His influence on New York Masons is obvious, especially with the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library.

Opening and Closing of the Lodge Ritual

Opening and Closing of the Lodge Ritual

The functions of the Opening and Closing Ritual extends beyond stations and places. WB Galen Kabak details how this ceremony prepares Brothers to work together in harmony and balance.

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