Speaker Series Lectures

The Masonic Library and Museum Speaker Series covers a variety of historic, cultural, esoteric and modern topics as they relate to Freemasonry locally and around the world. Experts explore everything from the meaning of Freemasonry to ancient architecture to famous Masons and their contributions to society.

  • History of Chinese Secret Societies

    Date: April 20, 2024

    Speaker: Brother Bryan Wong

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Freemasonry and the Underground Railroad

    Date: March 16, 2024

    Speaker: Brother Moises Gomez

  • Real Stone Masonry

    Date: February 17, 2024

    Speaker: Morgan Dummitt

  • Ancient Temples of the Initiate

    Date: January 20, 2024

    Speaker: Brother Drew Mackinnon

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Cuba Freemasonry, Democracy and Revolution

    Date: November 18, 2023

    Speaker: Brother Moises I. Gomez

  • The Stuff Freemasonry is Made of: Physical Properties of the Old Testament

    Date: October 21, 2023

    Speaker: Brother Austin R. Shifrin

  • Interior of Oriental Hall in the Masonic Temple

    The Alhambra and the Islamic Culture that Gave Birth to It

    Date: September 16, 2023

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

  • Open books on display in the library

    Curiosities, Wonders and Rarities of the Trexler Masonic Library

    Date: August 19, 2023

    Speaker: Brother Kristopher Yoder

  • Courage as a Core Value of Freemasonry

    Date: July 15, 2023

    Speaker: Brother and Dr. Brendan Hickey

  • Freemasons in Lodge

    Strategic Leadership Tools for the Business of the Lodge and Beyond

    Date: June 17, 2023

    Speaker: Brother Ben Litman

  • Historical Photo of Laying the Cornerstone of the Masonic Temple

    History of the Cornerstone

    Date: May 20, 2023

    Speaker: Stephanie Desjardins

  • Sewing Machine with Uniform in the Background

    Reconstructing a Late Victorian Templar Uniform Frock

    Date: April 15, 2023

    Speaker: Alex Morrese

  • Closeup of sheet music

    Mozart’s Masonic Opera

    Date: March 25, 2023

    Speaker: Brother Michael Samu

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Woman in scrubs posing next to little girl with a cast in a room with a vibrant sea-themed background

    Shriners Children’s Philadelphia

    Date: February 18, 2023

    Speaker: Stephanie Byrwa

  • Closeup of open book

    Freemasons and ‟The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”

    Date: January 21, 2023

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

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

    Date: December 17, 2022

    Speaker: Kathleen Aldworth Foster

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Exterior of Masonic Temple

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

    Date: November 19, 2022

    Speaker: Brother William L. Kingsbury

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

    Date: October 15, 2022

    Speaker: Brother and Dr. Brendan Hickey

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Order of the Eastern Star Graphic

    The History of the Order of the Eastern Star

    Date: September 17, 2022

    Speaker: Sister Brenda Wilkerson-Monroe

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Closeup of Mason holding a gavel

    What Made You Join Freemasonry, and What Did You Expect?

    Date: August 20, 2022

    Speaker: Brother and Rev. Dr. William Rocky Brown III

  • Image of Pyramids and Nile River

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

    Date: July 16, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Michael J. Ernst

  • Drawing of the Boston Common Liberty Tree

    The History of the Liberty Tree

    Date: June 18, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Michael McKee

  • Revolutionary era cannon being fired

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

    Date: May 21, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Matthew McGovern

  • Brother Ben Franklin

    Brother Benjamin Franklin: Setting an Example for Freemasons Today

    Date: April 16, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Craig Brody

  • Illustration of French Revolution

    Freemasonry and the French Revolution

    Date: March 19, 2022

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Gold crown on dark grey background

    The Mason Who Would Be King

    Date: February 19, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Yasser Al-Khatib

  • Close up of piano, flute and sheet music

    Masonic Music

    Date: January 15, 2022

    Speaker: Brother Ben Litman

  • Tun Tavern Line drawing

    The History of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

    Date: December 18, 2021

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Illustration of two pillars

    The Twin Pillars of Polarity Within Freemasonry

    Date: November 20, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Anthony J. Dintino, III

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Illustration and sculpted artifacts

    How Did THAT Get Here? Non-Masonic Artifacts in the Masonic Library and Museum Collection

    Date: October 16, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Mike Comfort

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Ben Franklin

    The First Transatlantic Library, An Architectural Voyage in Time

    Date: September 18, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Daniel Roncato

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • The History of Prince Hall and Masonry in America

    Date: August 21, 2021

    Speaker: Brother and Rev. Dr. William Rocky Brown III

  • Dreaming of the Alhambra

    Date: July 17, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Michael J. Ernst

  • Masonic Apron close up

    Journey to the Archives

    Date: June 19, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Michael Laskowski

  • Norman Hall - 1873

    An Executive Director’s Look at the Masonic Temple

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Michael D. McKee

  • Freemasonry: A School of Leadership

    Date: April 24, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Yasser Al-Khatib

  • Masonaphobia

    Date: March 20, 2021

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

    Video is currently unavailable.

  • Taverns to Temples

    From Taverns to Temples – Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania since 1731

    Date: February 27, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Mike Comfort

  • British Royalty and the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania

    Date: January 16, 2021

    Speaker: Brother Lee Martin

  • Apollo

    Masonic Connection with Apollo 11

    Date: December 5, 2020

    Speaker: Brother and Dr. Daniel Rivers

  • Rifle

    Freemasonry and the American Revolution

    Date: November 14, 2020

    Speaker: Brother John Minott

  • Historical illustration of Egyptian Hall

    Windows to the Past: 1873 Photography of the New Masonic Temple

    Date: October 24, 2020

    Speaker: Brother Lee Martin