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‘Tracing Boards and the Ancient Mysteries’
      Angel Millar will return to the lectern at the Livingston Library ’s lecture series this month. From the publicity: Courtesy Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library Masonic Tracing Boards and the Ancient Mysteries Thursday, February 23 6:30 p....

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‘His soul is with the saints, I trust’
      The Knight’s Tomb Samuel Taylor Coleridge Where is the grave of Sir Arthur O’Kellyn? Where may the grave of that good man be?— By the side of a spring, on the breast of Helvellyn, Under the twigs of a young birch tree! The oak that in summer was sweet...

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‘The Role of Men of Color in the Early Period of Freemasonry’
      And speaking of celebrating Black History Month (see post below), Oscar Alleyne will be the guest speaker at Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge 135 in New Jersey next week. (The bio doesn’t mention it, but Oscar is a Board member in The Masonic Society .) From th...

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‘Wardally to speak at Mariners’
      There are few better ways to celebrate Black History Month than by visiting Mariners Lodge on Wednesday to hear the story of Prince Hall and Freemasonry. Definitely plan to stay for dinner. From the publicity: Mariners Lodge 67 Communication and Festi...

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‘Esoteric Seminar this summer’
      Connecticut Freemasons have been enjoying this event for some years, but I’m just learning of it now, so I share it here. On Saturday, July 29, the brethren will meet at Ashlar Village (73 Cheshire Road in Wallingford) for an daylong offering of vario...

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‘Pennsylvania Academy next month’
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‘205 Years of Black Masonry in New York State’
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‘I wasn’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition!’
      There is nothing unusual about a Masonic ring sparking a conversation, or even a ring resulting in someone being brought into the Masonic fraternity, but I’ll share my story today. In the summer of 1996, I was very busily employed as editor of a bunch...

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‘Andrew Hammer to present Walker Lecture’
      Andrew Hammer, Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, president of the Masonic Restoration Foundation, and author of Observing the Craft , among other proofs of service to the fraternity, will present the Wendell K. Walker Lecture in March...

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‘Don’t miss Masonic Con in Massachusetts’
      There are so many great things happening in Massachusetts Freemasonry that I hate myself for never getting up there. I’ll probably miss this too, but there’s no reason why you should. Lots of names here familiar to  Magpie regular readers.      
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