The Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge will strive to create an environment that will encourage Masons to seek a greater understanding of the nature and purposes of Freemasonry in all its many aspects, past, present, and future, and to share that understanding with others.
To this end, the Academy will offer learning opportunities in which Masons may participate in dialogues with similarly inclined brethren, witness prominent Masonic scholars discussing various aspects of Freemasonry, and pursue home study at their own pace and in their own areas of interest, through publications on Masonic subjects recommended by the Academy.
In addition to providing a learning experience for Freemasons, the Academy will be a vehicle affording recognition to Masons who share their knowledge of Freemasonry with fellow Masons or the public by the written or spoken word.
The Academy of Masonic Knowledge has now completed its fourth year of existence as an educational structure in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Its purpose is commitment to studying and learning the philosophical purpose, characteristics, history, accomplishments and contributions of Fremasonry, and to provide the environment and opportunity for those Brothers to learn. It is the goal of the Academy to then stimulate those Brothers to think and to study Freemasonry, and to spread that interest and knowledge back to their subordinate lodges.
The academy has been fortunate to secure a committee composed of some of the best Masonic scholars and thinkers in the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania. Their commitment to the purpose of the Academy has caused it to be recognized worldwide, and a number of other Grand Lodges are now creating similar structures in their jurisdictions.
Twice a year the Academy meets at Elizabethtown, at which time two of the worlds best scholars address the meeting on a Masonic subject in their field of expertise. To date 16 of these scholars have addressed our meetings, on many diverse Masonic subjects, some of a historic nature with others of present-day relevance.
There are 153 members currently working toward Academy certification and the title of, Master Masonic Scholar.
The academy meetings are open to any Brother who wishes to attend. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from the great Masonic minds in today's world.
The meetings for 2004 are March 27 and October 16. We invite you to join with us and awaken your interest in our Craft.