The story of Freemasonry is one of death and rebirth. As recent events show, when it comes to California Masonry, what’s old is new again.
From Ferndale to Big Bear, California’s small-town Masonic lodges have their own unique character—and offer a model for community involvement.
For 64 years, the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco has been the home of the Masons of California. But it’s so much more.
Artist Emile Norman never became a household name. But his massive artwork remains a treasure of California Freemasonry in San Francisco.
At Freemasons’ Hall, inside the Grand Lodge of California temple in San Francisco, the past and future of Masonic lodge rooms collide.
A skateboarding Mason and installation artist at Yucca Valley No. 802 is shredding perceptions about Freemasonry.
A history-spanning, forward-looking celebration of the fraternal and cultural connections between California and Mexican Freemasonry.
For members of California’s two official Spanish-speaking Masonic lodges, the sense of brotherhood is twice as strong.
In the revolutionary movements of Latin America, Central America, and South America, Freemasons were front and center.
In the past two decades, the number of Freemasons in Brazil has practically exploded. Inside a cultural and fraternal phenomenon.
In 1909, a special delegation of California Masons set for Mexico City to deliver a world-famous Masonic traveling “Unity” trowel.
A road trip through Cuba reveals a thriving—and colorful—Masonic community full of eye-catching Masonic lodges.
Meet a group of California Masons who also belong to Masonic lodges in their home countries in Latin America.
From Mexico to Argentina, Latin American countries embody a wide range of Masonic rituals, from the familiar to the highly esoteric.
Freemasonry offers a framework to living a better life. That’s why it holds so many lessons for confronting death—and whatever comes next.
In rural Tuolumne County, a new effort to bring a pair of Gold Rush era Masonic cemeteries back to life.
Buried among the rocks and rubble of San Francisco’s Aquatic Park breakwater, a reminder of a long-lost Masonic graveyard.
It takes a special temperament to succeed as a mortician—and one, it turns out, that Freemasons are well suited to.
Meet three Masons with an intimate familiarity with death—and the other side.
The Masons moved out ages ago, but their aura remains at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
From one of the early members of Sublime to mayor of La Palma, California Freemason Marshall Goodman is well-qualified to represent the L.B.C.
Lodge organists are a vanishing breed—but one with the power to transform the Masonic ritual.
Why two grand lodge officers are on a quest to bring music into every Masonic lodge.
World musician and California Freemason Nee Quaison-Sackey has made it his life’s work to bring people together.
For 20 years, he was the rapper Ryu. But inside his Long Beach-area Masonic lodge, the hip-hop musician is just Ryan.
It’s curtains up at the Masonic, one of San Francisco’s best-loved venues for music, comedy, and other shows.
A concert promoter, musical impressario, and California Freemason reflects on a very full life in concerts and shows.
Why building harmony and friendships are the most important parts of Freemasonry.
Twenty-five years ago, the Grand Lodge of California and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California changed the way we all view Freemasonry.
Mason and manliness expert Brett McKay unpacks why letting go is the ultimate power move.
For decades, Masonry has played a central role in the Filipino immigrant experience. Now a new generation is making its mark on the fraternity.
A hiding-in-plain sight Masonic hall in San Francisco tells a rich history of Filipino Freemasonry in California.
At the Manlalakbay Na Gurong Mason weekend, Filipino Freemasonry transforms into a can’t miss road show.
Why lifting a drink represents the pure, distilled essence of Freemasonry.