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A Tradition of Scholarship


The California Masonic Symposium has been a tradition of our Grand Lodge since 2001, when more than 100 members and ladies attended the inaugural conference – making it one of the largest Masonic education events in recent history. After just one year, attendance rose by 50 percent, and by 2009, registration had grown to 350 participants. The Symposium’s location rotated between Northern and Southern California until 2012, when it was held for the first time in both San Francisco and Pasadena.

Today, the California Masonic Symposium enjoys a prestigious reputation amongst scholars of Freemasonry worldwide. Each year, it presents a topic of historical and philosophical relevance to California Masons.

California’s Masonic Pioneers
The 2018 Symposium – taking place June 9 in San Francisco and June 10 in Long Beach – will explore the fraternity’s whirlwind arrival in California, and the daring brothers who led the way.

Esteemed scholars of California Masonry will explore this fascinating period in our state’s history.

  • Past Grand Master John L. Cooper III, Ph.D.
  • Past Grand Master R. Stephen Doan, J.D.
  • Adam Kendall, past president of the Masonic Library and Museum Association
  • Brian Bezner, M.A., Masonic Education Committee chairman


Registration is just $20 for this all-day event. For an additional $15, add a catered lunch.

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