Saddleback Laguna 

13th Annual California Masonic Symposium: The Emergence Of Speculative Masonry

  • Saturday, June 22, 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Pasadena Scottish Rite, 150 North Madison Avenue, Pasadena


  • There is a separate event registration for this event through the Grand Lodge invitation.

Registration is closed

Please join us for the 13th Annual California Masonic Symposium: Struggles for Control of Freemasonry: Great Britain and America in the Early Grand Lodge Era.

This year’s Symposium is guided by the research of Henry Wilson Coil Lecturer John L. Belton, who specializes in early Freemasonry and the roles of Freemasonry in society. Belton, a widely renowned Masonic historian and writer, will lead a vibrant discussion of Masonic history, and investigate early grand lodges in England, Ireland, and Scotland. 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. Following this rivalry to the colonies, attendees and presenters will investigate how the Antients and Moderns affected American Freemasonry.

Belton's research will be complemented by accompanying lectures and panel discussions from an esteemed group of Masonic scholars: S. Brent Morris, managing editor of the Scottish Rite Journal; Past Grand Master R. Stephen Doan; and Deputy Grand Master John L. Cooper.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating review of early Freemasonry.

Event Details
The Symposium will be held on two dates and in two locations, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

June 22, 2013: Pasadena Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 North Madison Avenue, Pasadena
June 23, 2013: San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco

The Symposium registration fee is $10 per person. An optional lunch is also available for an additional $15; this meal fee must be paid in advance.

Presenters' papers and panelists' notes will be published online at > member center > masonic education.

About the Symposium
Initiated in 2011, the California Masonic Symposium brings together students of Freemasonry and Masonic scholars in an atmosphere of learning and discussion. Open to Masons and the public, this event addresses a topic of historical and philosophical relevance to Masonry each year. Past Symposium topics have included Freemasonry in Mexico and Latin America; Freemasonry and Secret Societies; Issues in Contemporary Freemasonry; The Age of Franklin; The American Enlightenment; Freemasonry and the American Frontier; Freemasonry and Women; Applied Masonry; Masonry, Military and the Emergence of American Democracy; and The Emergence of Speculative Masonry.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of California, the California Masonic Foundation and the Institute for Masonic Studies.

Pasadena - June 22

Registration Fee: $10.00

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