Education in Freemasonry is meant to be a lifelong process, furthering our understanding of the fraternity and its relevance to today's world.
The Institute for Masonic Studies was founded in 1997 to foster Masonic knowledge and understanding among the Masons of California and the larger world of Freemasonry. The Institute hosts a number of important programs and resources for members and lodges, including the following:
The Freemasonry and Civil Society Program is a collaborative partnership between the University of California, Los Angeles History Department, the Grand Lodge of California, and the Institute for Masonic Studies. The Program, which offers courses investigating the history of Freemasonry within the context of civil society, sponsors a post-doctoral fellow each year.
The Freemasonry and Civil Society Program develops educational seminars to coincide with current research. Open to the public, these events seek to educate and inspire scholars of the craft.
Don't miss the 4th International Conference on Freemasonry: Secrets Revealed! Freemasonry and the Conspiracy Theories It Evokes. Explore the fascinating origins of and psychology behind historic and contemporary Masonic conspiracy theories with an international panel of Masonic and academic scholars. Join us at UCLA or via a live webcast on March 21, 2015. Learn more.
Past topics include American and Latin American Freemasonry; Freemasonry - A Global Perspective, Past and Present; and Freemasonry, Aestetics, and Civil Society.
The Grand Lodge of California and the California Masonic Foundation sponsor the Annual California Masonic Symposium. Each year this event, which is open to Masons and the public, addresses a topic of historical and philosophical relevance to Masonry.
The 15th Annual California Masonic Symposium will be held on Sept. 19, 2015 in San Francisco and Sept. 20, 2015 in Pasadena.
Questions? Contact Kim Hegg, program services manager.
Past Symposia topics have included: Struggles for Control of Freemasonry: Great Britain and America in the Early Grand Lodge Era; Freemasonry in Mexico and Latin America; Freemasonry and Secret Societies; Issues in Contemporary Freemasonry; The Age of Franklin: Freemasonry, the Declaration of Independence, and the American Enlightenment; Freemasonry and the American Frontier; The Morgan Affair: The Kidnapping that Changed American Freemasonry; Freemasonry and Women's Role; and Freemasonry and the Foundation of the American Republic.
The Grand Lodge of California opened the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry in 1997 at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco.
The museum contains over 8,000 titles and includes Masonic art and artifacts from California and around the world.
The Library and Museum seeks to:
Research Lodges in California conduct research, hold discussions, gather and preserve Masonic information, maintain libraries, supply papers or speakers at the request of other Lodges, and conduct a program of general service in the field of Masonic education and information.
|The Research Lodges in California include:|
|El Camino Research Lodge - San Jose|
|Northern California Research Lodge - San Francisco|
|Orange County Research Lodge - Anaheim|
|Southern California Research Lodge - Anaheim|
|Golden Compasses Research Lodge - Sacramento|
|Research organizations around the world include:|
|The Masonic Society|
|The Masonic Restoration Foundation|
|National Masonic Research Society|
|International Conference of the History of Freemasonry|
|Masonic Library and Museum Association|
|Association of Masonic Museums, Libraries, and Archives of Europe|
|Freemasonry and Civil Society program; REHMLAC, Revista de Estudios Historicos de La Masoneria|
|The Scottish Rite Research Society|