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Academy of Masonic Knowledge

jacksonThe Academy held its fall session in the Deike auditorium at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown on Saturday, October 16 with over 150 brothers in attendance. The featured speaker was Wayne T. Adams, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of the State of Maine who spoke on "survival skills" as applied to our Craft. M.W. Brother Adams, a prominent attorney and articulate speaker is very well known as a Mason unafraid to speak his mind, with innovative ideas as well as criticisms concerning North American Freemasonry.

The afternoon session was devoted to discussion on "The Origins of Freemasonry" with presentations from Brothers C. DeForrest Trexler, P.M., Greenleaf Lodge No. 561; Dr. Theodore W. Schick, Jr., Jordan Lodge No. 673; and Gerald W. West, Jr., P.M., Perseverance Lodge No. 21.

Interest in the Academy continues to grow both within our jurisdiction as well as in many worldwide jurisdictions. Although membership in the Academy is limited to Pennsylvania Freemasons, we provide advice and assistance to other jurisdictions wishing to start any similar program.

The spring Academy session will be held on Saturday, March 19, in the Deike auditorium. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30. The program will be completed at approximately 3:00 p.m. All pre-registered Masons are welcome to attend. The featured speakers will be Brother and Doctor John L. Cooper, III, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of California and Brother William J. Mollere, Past Grand Master and Past Grand Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay, as well as Deputy for the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction for the State of Louisiana. Both the brothers are well known and recognized scholars of Freemasonry, and both will address the unique structure of the Craft in their jurisdictions. Plan to attend and bring a brother with you. One of our goals in Freemasonry is the acquisition of knowledge and the Academy provides a great opportunity for you to learn and to understand more about the significance of the Craft. Advance registration is required. Please use the coupon to register by fax (610) 594-8105 or electronically at


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