The Institute for Masonic Studies brings together renowned Masonic scholars for the 2015 California Masonic Symposium: The Evolution of Masonic Ritual, taking place Sept. 19 in San Francisco and Sept. 20 in Pasadena.Register today.*
Masonic scholars from across the country will present historic research and reflect upon Masonic rituals, from the earliest evidence of the “Mason Word” to rituals used in present day:
• “From a Private Social Club to an Elite Esoteric Society: The Influences that Moved Freemasonry out of the Profane World”
Coming from Oklahoma is Robert G. Davis, secretary of the Guthrie Oklahoma Scottish Rite and co-author of this month’s California Freemason feature article. He is the 2008 Henry Wilson Coil lecturer, a fellow of the Institute for Masonic Studies and the Scottish Rite Research Society, and a member of the steering committee of the Masonic Information Center of the United States. He is also a past master of three Oklahoma lodges, and the author of “The Mason’s Words: History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual.”
• “Some Little-Known Features of Early Masonic Ritual in America”
Visiting from Washington, D.C. is Arturo de Hoyos, the grand historian and archivist of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction. He is the 2015 Henry Wilson Coil lecturer, a fellow of the Scottish Rite Research Society, a prolific author and editor, and an authority on the history and rituals of the Scottish Rite and most other Masonic organizations. A past master of McAllen Lodge No. 1110 in Texas, he will be made fellow of the Institute for Masonic Studies during the Symposium.
• Representing California are highly regarded Masonic scholars and Past Grand Masters John L. Cooper III and R. Stephen Doan. Both will provide introductory context for the day’s events, and will participate in in-depth panel discussions, following each lecture.
Each Symposium session will conclude with a live demonstration of how a man was made a Mason in the manner suggested through the “Edinburgh Register House Manuscript” of 1696 and other early sources.
* Because the Symposium will reference all three degrees, only Master Masons may participate.
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