Brattleboro Lodge to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry with open house on Sept. 25

Saturday September 18, 2010

BRATTLEBORO -- To inform the public about what Freemasonry is as an organization, Worshipful Master Robert Baldauf has asked his officers to open the Masonic Center to members of the community for tours of the lodge and give them an opportunity to ask questions.

The open house will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Brattleboro Masonic Center at 196 Main St. Light refreshments will be served during that period and tables will be set up to provide information regarding some of the other associated organizations that exist within Masonry.

Anyone having questions may call project chairman Steve Farrington at 802-257-0464 or e-mail

Freemasonry is the oldest, and largest, fraternal society in the world. It grew out of the lodges, or trade guilds, for stone masons that existed during the Middle Ages. These were men who were trained in construction, engineering, mathematics, as well as design and were responsible for the construction of Europe’s Gothic Cathedrals.

As the demand for the work of stone masons waned they invited men of influence to join their lodges to be speculative members as a means to attract more work. In time these speculative masons became the majority members and converted the stone mason ceremonies into allegories providing lessons to their members about how to live their life with good character and service to others. The only secrets masonry has is the content of the degree process, hand shakes and passwords.

When Freemasonry made itself known in 1717 it was such a new type of organization that there were some in the public who looked upon it with distrust. The stories that were conjured up then still remain apart of the dialogue advanced by conspiracy theorists. However, Freemasonry is just one of the many fraternal organizations that exist and serve the communities of America, as well as the rest of the world.


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