A Revolutionary Fraternity: Freemasons and the Global Fights for Liberty in the 18th & 19th Centuries

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

While many are familiar with the role Freemasons played in the American Revolution, the Craft and its members were also essential to numerous struggles against tyranny that occurred across the globe in the 18th and 19th centuries. This presentation will examine the role of various notable Masonic revolutionaries in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean [...]

The History of the Liberty Tree

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Although few today know the story of the Liberty Tree, in the years leading up to the American Revolution, local patriots in each of the 13 colonials, who called themselves the “Sons of Liberty,” identified a large tree to be used as a meeting place. Where there was no suitable tree, a large pole [...]

Raising the Nile: Ethnicity & Politics in the U.G.L.E. Masonic Lodges of British Egypt, 1860-1956

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The history of Freemasonry in modern Egypt dates back to the Napoleonic Campaign in Egypt and Syria; however, Freemasonry did not take a firm hold until several decades later. Following the political reforms enacted by Egyptian Khedive Muhammad Ali, Europeans began to have a more prominent presence in Egypt, and by the 1880s, Egypt [...]

What Made You Join Freemasonry and What Did You Expect?

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Freemasonry as an institution promises nothing, absolutely nothing, but she returns with interest – compound interest, if you please – all that we commit to her care. What do YOU expect to get OUT of Freemasonry? What are YOU putting IN? Let’s explore these profound questions together! Attend Virtually Attend Live [...]

Sold Out – After Hours Architecture Tour & Rooftop Reception with PAFA

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Join us for an evening of architecture, history and storytelling in two of the most extraordinary buildings in Philadelphia: the Masonic Temple and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' (PAFA) Historic Landmark Building.

The History of the Order of the Eastern Star

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Learn about the history of the Order of Eastern Star, including how it formed through Freemasonry and Prince Hall Freemasonry. Attend Virtually Attend Live Brenda Wilkerson-Monroe Brenda Wilkerson-Monroe is a Past Worthy Matron of Louisa S. Rumford Chapter No. 15 and Grand Historian of Deborah Grand Chapter Order of [...]

Illuminati, Freemasonry and the Psychology of Conspiracy Theories: Protecting the Craft

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

This presentation will discuss Freemasonry and Illuminati: the real Illuminati, who are long gone, and the fake Illuminati, who never existed and won’t go away. Learn about the psychology of conspiracy theories and why Freemasonry can be such a frequent target of them, as well as ways Masons can respond when accused of being [...]

Let’s Have a New Masonic Temple! A Case Study in Courage and Stewardship

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The presentation will examine the vision, courage and perseverance of Grand Lodge in constructing our “New Masonic Temple” (1865 -1873) in the face of daunting financial risks, inclement weather and unforeseen impediments on the site. It will also explore the covenant of trust placed in future generations of Pennsylvania Freemasons to improve, maintain and preserve [...]

Researching & Writing “Doneraile Court: The Story of The Lady Freemason”

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

In her book, Kathleen Aldworth Foster details the life and times of The Lady Freemason, Elizabeth (St. Leger) Aldworth. Elizabeth's journey with Freemasonry began in the pre-Grand Lodge era and ended when she died in 1773/1775, at the dawning of the American Revolution. During this time, Elizabeth went from her unexpected initiation to being an [...]

Freemasons and ‟The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”

The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

The Protocols, first published in 1905 and still going strong today, purport to describe a fraudulent Jewish plot for world domination with the Freemasons as their unwitting stooges. This talk will delve into the history of this anti-Semitic publication and how Freemasons came to be featured in it. Attend Virtually Attend Live [...]