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:
A Masonic coach - who is a fellow lodge member - is appointed to each degree candidate. The coach acts as his educator and companion, assuring that he is properly instructed in the fundamentals and working of the fraternity. In addition to informing the candidate about his lodge and Masonry in general, the coach instructs the candidate on memory work and ceremonies. To learn more about the fraternity, please contact your local lodge, or review the Discover Masonry section of this site.
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.
Past events include the International Conference on American and Latin American Freemasonry, which complemented the research of program fellow Maria Eugenia Vazquez Semadeni, Ph.D.
On April 6, 2013, the program will present The Second Annual International Conference on Freemasonry: a Global Perspective, Past and Present. The Second International Conference will present new insights into Freemasonry's key role in the formation of modern societies around the world, focusing in particular on France, Italy, Brazil, the British Colonies, and the United States. Registration is now closed.
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.
Past Symposia topics have included: 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; and Freemasonry and Women's Role.
The 13th Annual California Masonic Symposium, Struggles for Control of Freemasonry: Great Britain and America in the Early Grand Lodge Era, will take place on June 22 in Pasadena and June 23 in San Francisco. This year's Symposium is guided by the research of Henry Wilson Coil Lecturer John L. Belton, a scholar of Freemasonry's influential role in society. Attendees will learn about the rise of the Antients and Moderns, rival grand lodges in England, and the political and social affects their division, and later reunification, caused - both on the continent and in the American Colonies. Register today.
In addition to the memorized proficiency, each candidate reads an education booklet designed specifically for the degree that he has most recently completed. To demonstrate his understanding of the material, he is asked to answer several questions about the material.
Download the Basic Education for Candidates booklets:
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:|
|Canonbury Masonic Research Centre|
|The Centre for Research into Freemasonry|
|The Philalethes Society|
|Scottish Rite Research Society|