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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.

How Destiny Chose Walter Wilcox

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A network of Masons assured a young orphan’s future.

Great Masons: John Whicher

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Longtime Grand Secretary lived the Masonic life—to the very end.

Golden Revival

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Celebrating the illustrious history—and glittering future—of Masonry in California’s Gold Country.

R.I.P., FINALLY

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When a Masonic headstone turned up out of the blue, local Masons set to work finding its true resting place.

A Masonic Mystery—in Miniature

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This miniature, golden metal altar—found in the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry—is undeniably cool. As for what, precisely, it’s for? That’s less clear.

Raising the Banner for Brazilian Masonry

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There’s a lot of history wrapped up in one little flag from an obscure Brazilian Masonic lodge. Learn more about it—and other artifacts housed in the Grand Lodge archives—as part of our series on Masonic curios.

The French Connection

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Check out this 19th century Masonic French antique plate, where east is north and south is west and north is, well, missing! It’s one of the many curiosities housed in the archive of the Grand Lodge, imbued with secret meaning and mystery.

The Pin Code

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How do you tell a life story, set new goals, and define your legacy—all on a single lapel pin?

Crafting Their Legacy

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A stunning new exhibition explores the symbolism behind hand-crafted Masonic folk art.

A Shared Heritage

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Masonic wall charts and floor cloths were once banned as too revealing. Now, they’re central parts of modern lodges.

The Etsy Crew

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How today’s makers are keeping the Masonic artistic tradition alive—with some twists.

The Portable Masonic Cornerstone Kit

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Yes, they’re gold and silver Masonic flasks. No, they’re not for booze!

The Cheering Section: Masons and Baseball

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An old Masonic baseball jersey is a reminder of the fraternity’s long history with the game.

The Masonic Pursuit of Justice

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In celebration of Independence Day, Grand Lodge of California head archivist Joe Evans shares a blue transferware cup plate dated between 1818 and 1836 that suggests Lady Justice a Freemason.

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