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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.

The Portable Masonic Cornerstone Kit

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

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.

Samuel Larison, Freemason and Winemaker

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How one Freemason became a pioneer winemaker for the wine industry and a charter member of Sonoma County’s early Masonic lodge.

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.

How Destiny Chose Walter Wilcox

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

Flying Their Colors

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A new exhibition remembers when the Knights Templar came to town.

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.

Message on a Bottle

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Pour a draught with these antique Masonic drinking vessels.

The Secret Ingredient

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A historian probes the enduring appeal of Masonic secrets.

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.

Little Treasures

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A woodworking hobbyist turns his sights on the Masonic lodge

A Work of Art

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

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.

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?

Gaming the System

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Four Master Masons try out an archival Masonic board game, with decidedly mixed results.

Secrets of the Cloth

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

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.

Tips For Managing Masonic Records

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Lodges accumulate a mountain of records over the years, in the form of papers, books, artifacts, and photos. The sheer volume can get overwhelming.

Use these guidelines and tools to get rid of the clutter, and to take proper care of your lodge’s important records.

Standing the Test of Time

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The archives of the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry in San Francisco contain more than 100 years’ worth of significant Masonic artifacts.

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