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At the California Masonic Memorial Temple, a Community Treasure

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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.

Emile Norman’s Endomosaic: A Window of Wonder

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Artist Emile Norman never became a household name. But his massive artwork remains a treasure of California Freemasonry in San Francisco.

History Lives On at the Masonic Homes’ Siminoff Temple

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The Siminoff Temple at the Masonic Homes of California has a history going back over a century.

The Lewis Degree: A Masonic Ceremony Generations in the Making

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For the select group of Masonic father-and-son combos, the Lewis Degree is a special ceremony binding generations of Masons.

Wonders of Masonic America

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These colorful Masonic destinations are on the must-see list of every Masonic traveler and admirer of the craft.

Latin America’s Masonic Liberators

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In the revolutionary movements of Latin America, Central America, and South America, Freemasons were front and center.

Freemasonry in Brazil: When Masonry Went Pop

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In the past two decades, the number of Freemasons in Brazil has practically exploded. Inside a cultural and fraternal phenomenon.

The Famous Masonic ‘Traveling Trowel Train’ to Mexico of 1909

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In 1909, a special delegation of California Masons set for Mexico City to deliver a world-famous Masonic traveling “Unity” trowel.

The Rite Stuff: The Many Masonic Rituals of Latin America

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From Mexico to Argentina, Latin American countries embody a wide range of Masonic rituals, from the familiar to the highly esoteric.

For Fans of Emperor Norton, a Legacy Lives On

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150 years after he first proposed the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the legendary eccentric and Freemason Emperor Norton may finally get his due.

For Rainbow Girls, a Century of Change—and Continuity

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As the Masonic youth order Rainbow Girls celebrates its centennial, a look back on all that’s changed, and all that hasn’t.

Why Is St. John the Patron Saint of Freemasonry?

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For centuries, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist have been the patron saints of Freemasonry. But why?

The Common Denominator

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Examining the divisive issue of religion that’s unified the fraternity.

At a Masonic Cemetery, a Forever Home

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In rural Tuolumne County, a new effort to bring a pair of Gold Rush era Masonic cemeteries back to life.

Underwater, Reminders of a Masonic Cemetery

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Buried among the rocks and rubble of San Francisco’s Aquatic Park breakwater, a reminder of a long-lost Masonic graveyard.

At a Hollywood Cemetery, a Masonic ‘Forever’ Lodge

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The Masons moved out ages ago, but their aura remains at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Traditions in the Trimming

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Exploring the rich cultural traditions of global Masonic attire, Masonic aprons, and other costumes of Freemasonry.

In Their Words

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Examining the relationship of three literary legends with Freemasonry and its impact on their prolific bodies of work

Tales From a Masonic Pen

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Discovering the fraternal life of Mark Twain

Brothers to the Rescue

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During WWI, the Masonic Ambulance Corps was a grassroots effort by Masonic volunteers who were passionate to serve their country.

Soul of the Temple

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Sacred geometry has been an important element of sacred architecture for centuries.

For Two California Masonic Grand Lodges, A New Beginning

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Twenty-five years ago, the Grand Lodge of California and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California changed the way we all view Freemasonry.

Past, Present

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What one lodge’s mothballed painting tells us about its earliest days

Quarantine, Disease, and Masonic Relief—170 Years Ago

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During the Sacramento Cholera Outbreak of 1850, Masons took the reins of a public health emergency.

A Work of Art

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A new bronze sculpture of Grand Master Charles A. Adams cements his legacy.

In His Blood

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For Past Master Fred Flint-Montero, Penrhyn Masonry is an inherited trait.

Alchemy and the Transmutation of a Freemason

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The hunt for gold is—metaphorically, anyway—central to Freemasonry.

Of Their Own Free Will and Accord

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Freemasonry’s relationship with women evolved during its long history. How has this relationship changed over time, and why are separate streams of Masonry likely to continue?

Faith of Our Fathers

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At the birth of our country, the Masonic Founding Fathers who signed the U.S. Constitution instilled the values of Freemasonry within our democratic government.

Creating a Culture That Unites

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Junior Grand Warden Arthur H. Weiss explains the beauty and significance of Masonic material culture.

The Masons of Jazz

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From Count Basie to Cab Calloway to Duke Ellington, many of the American jazz greats of the early- to mid- 20th century […]

A Crown Of Youth

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Written in 1919, the DeMolay ritual is an amalgamation of Masonic traditions and influences.

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