History, tradition, and community loom large in California’s small-town lodges.

When fire threatened their community, members of Kern River Valley No. 824 turned to their greatest asset to provide Masonic relief.

A HEROIC ACT OF MASONIC RELIEF

When fire threatened the Kern River Valley, the local lodge sprang into action.

The east side of the Los Angeles Scottish Rite Temple features a seven-story high mosaic by the artist and architectural designer Millard Sheets, featuring temple builders throughout history.

THE ARTIST BEHIND THE L.A. SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE

He may not be a household name, but artist Millard Sheets was behind a Masonic icon.

Masonic lowrider artist Shinji Hara of Anaheim no. 207 works on a new airbrush piece in his home.

MEMBER PROFILE: SHINJI HARA

Meet a Japanese-born airbrush artist whose lowrider murals are the talk of the town.

Duane Scott of Mountain View De Anza no. 194 is among the new, younger generation of Gen Z Masons rising to leadership positions in California lodges.

GEN Z IS IN CHARGE NOW

At more and more California lodges, a new generation is entering the officer’s line.

California Mason Mike Tagulao of San Leandro no. 113 explains his approach to Masonic philanthropy.

Donor Profile: Mike Tagulao

How a Filipino culture of generosity informs one approach to Masonic relief.

A clue about Freemasonry on Jeopardy! The quiz show often returns to Masonic themes.

FOR MASONIC TRIVIA, JEOPARDY IS CLUED IN

What is Freemasonry? It’s an age-old question—and very often, the answer, too.

A miniature staircase built by a member of the French compagnon society of woodworkers. Trade guilds like the compagnons are distant cousins to fraternal societies like the Freemasons.

Freemasonry's Family Tree

Masonic lodges aren’t the only groups descended from ancient trade guilds.

EXECUTIVE MESSAGE: CIVIC CENTERS

Grand Master Randy Brill on what small-town lodges can teach us all.

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