The Mason Who Would Be King

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

Several Freemasons have been suspected of being the real-life inspiration for Brother Rudyard Kipling’s characters in his story, “The Man Who Would Be King.” This presentation will examine that possibility. Attend Virtually Attend Live Brother Yasser Al-Khatib Brother Yasser Al-Khatib is a Past Master of Fritz Lodge No. 308, [...]

Freemasonry and the French Revolution

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

This presentation offers a brief introduction to Freemasonry and the French Revolution, delving into such topics as the interesting fact that four (and perhaps six) of the 10 leading figures of this revolution were Freemasons. Attend Virtually Attend Live Brother John Minott A graduate of Stanford University, John, a [...]

Brother Benjamin Franklin: Setting an Example for Freemasons Today

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

This presentation focuses on how Brother Benjamin Franklin lived his life practicing important Masonic principles and how he sets a great example for Freemasons today to live their lives according to these values. Attend Virtually Attend Live Brother Craig Brody Craig Brody is a Past Master of Columbia Lodge [...]

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.

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 [...]