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

More Light in Masonry

Read our latest blog posts featuring discussions and presenations

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.”

A Message from the Grand Lecturer

A Message from the Grand Lecturer

My Brothers I have Stage 4 kidney failure. I am writing you today to see if any Brothers would enter the process of being matched for a potential kidney donation.

It’s a Wonderful (Masonic) Life

It’s a Wonderful (Masonic) Life

There’s a reason why we love It’s a Wonderful Life: watching George Bailey’s story causes us to examine our own. Reflecting on the Masonic year has the same effect.

Conductor – A Very Important Person

Conductor – A Very Important Person

Must we have a conductor in our rituals? Absolutely, no two ways about that. The experience of leading and guiding a candidate and Brother, is very enriching regardless of what degree it takes place.

Steps for Shriners Hospital

Steps for Shriners Hospital

Meet Bro. Eric Morobito aka “The Walking Man.” Over the past 11 years, he has raised more than $60,000 for Shriners Hospitals, by walking.

The History of the Purple Heart

The History of the Purple Heart

The Purple Heart has a connection to Brother George Washington and a connection to New York State and a Grand Lodge of New York property.

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.

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