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‘Freemasonry on the Frontier…’

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Boston
18 – 20 September 2020

The Conference – ‘Freemasonry on the Frontier’ – focuses on key individuals and their lives, and broader themes, including the influence of Irish and Scottish settlers, Prince Hall Freemasonry, and the social and political impact of freemasonry locally and nationally.

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The Conference structure reflects the westward expansion of the frontier from the Atlantic coast in the early eighteenth century, to the Appalachians and Mid-West in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the Pacific at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.

There will be adequate time for attendees to question speakers and raise their own points, and to stimulate discussion and debate across the floor. We have a world-class lineup including Bob Cooper, Curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland; Brent Morris, Editor of Heredom; Mike Kearsley, ANZMRC and Prestonian Lecturer; Ric Berman, the Immediate Past Master of QC and Prestonian Lecturer; Walter Hunt, Grand Historian of the GL of Massachusetts; Andreas Onnerfors, Professor, University of Gothenburg Sweden, the current Master of QC; and other leading national and international speakers.

Given that many attendees will be flying in from out-of-state and will wish to travel with carry-on baggage, the dress code is smart / casual and there is to need to bring regalia.  If you are invited to attend a local Lodge, aprons will be provided.

Finally, we have arranged a guided tour of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library at Lexington on the afternoon immediately before the Conference; places for this event are limited – please click here for details.

FRIDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER
14:00-14:30 Registration
14:30-15:15 Welcome Remarks & Introduction
Ric Berman: ‘The American Frontier: reflections on the foundations of American Freemasonry’
15:15-16:00 Bob Cooper: ‘Scotland and pre-Revolutionary Masonic America’
16:00-16:45 Brent Morris: ‘The Higher Degrees in the US, 1730-1830’
16:45-17:30 Floor / Panel Discussion
17.30-18.30 Eighteenth-Century Demonstration Lodge in Period Costume
Arranged by Walter H. Hunt, Grand Historian, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts
Followed by an evening in Boston
SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER
09:00-09:30 Welcome / Coffee
09:30-10:10 Mike Kearsley: ‘Rob Morris, the Conservators, and the failure to establish a Grand Lodge of the United States’
10:10-10:50 Barry Hoffbrand: ‘Henry Harford, the last Proprietor (and Provincial Grand Master) of Maryland’
10:50-11:10 Coffee / Break
11:10-12:00 Andreas Onnerfors: ‘Revolution and Race in in Nineteenth-Century German America’
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:40 Ben Williams: ‘Freemasonry in the Territory of Colorado – Masons, miners, and the rush to Statehood’
13:40-14:15 Hilary Anderson Stelling: ‘Early New York City Mark Medals’
14:15-15:00 John Kyle Day: ‘Arkansas Prince Hall Freemasonry in the Nineteenth Century’
15:00-15:20 Coffee / Break
15:20-16:00 Walter H. Hunt: ‘The ‘neo-colonial’ expansionism of Massachusetts Masonry’
16:00-16:40 Leif Endre Grutle; ‘Scandinavian Immigrants and New World Freemasonry’
16:40-17:40 Floor / Panel Discussion
19:00 Conference Reception & Dinner, followed by an evening in Boston
SUNDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER
09:00-09:30 Welcome / Coffee
09:30-10:10 Hans Schwartz: ‘Freemasonry in Revolutionary New England’
10:10-10:50 John Wade: ‘Senator Bro. Samuel Latham Mitchill and Eighteenth-Century America’s Medical Education in Edinburgh’
10:50-11:30 Jeffrey Croteau: ‘Joseph Cerneau vs. Emanuel De La Motta: A View of the 1813 Founding of the Scottish Rite’s Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA, Through the Lens of Religious Intolerance
11:30-12:10 Adam Kendall: ‘History’s Hidden Reverse: The Scandals and Secret Rites of Benjamin D. Hyam’
12:10-13:00 Floor / Panel Discussion   –  Conclusions & Wrap
14:30 Walking Tour of Masonic Boston
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