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President’s Day 2018

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:53

My Brothers, It is now the middle of the Winter season, and we will soon be celebrating President’s Day, formerly known as George Washington’s Birthday, we join all our fellow Americans and honor the past President’s who have led our beloved country for over 220 years, especially Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We are […]

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Jeffrey Williamson

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:29

Grand Master 2016-2018 “Masonry: A Way of Life”

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286th Birthday Celebration of GEORGE WASHINGTON 

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 20:28

Each year the George Washington Masonic Historic Site at Tappan Committee of our New York Grand Lodge marks the anniversary of the birth of our distinguished and revered Masonic Brother GEORGE WASHINGTON. Well known as our nation’s first President and founding father, his Excellency George Washington set a most noble example as President, military hero, commanding general, cherished Masonic Brother […]

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Bohemian Crystal Goblet, 1931, Czecho-Slovakia

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 16:45

On May 3rd, 1931, the Grand Lodge of New York was presented with this lidded crystal goblet from the Grand Lodge Lessing zu den drei Ringen, from Prague, (Czechoslovakia) in celebration of the Grand Lodge of New  York’s 150th Anniversary. Engraved around the lid is: Der Großloge von New York zu Ihrem 150 Gründungstage die […]

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Grand Lecturer Convention Wayne District December 11, 2017

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:22

Grand Lecturer Convention Wayne District December 11, 2017 The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Wayne District was held in the beautiful refurbished Temple in Palmyra. Many structural and esthetic improvements have been made to the former movie theater. I arrived at 5 PM and held a question and answer period with many of the […]

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Palmyra, NY

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 23:59

Palmyra, NY Palmyra is a town in Wayne County. The town is named after the ancient city Palmyra in Syria. The Town of Palmyra is on the south border of the county. The town contains a village also named Palmyra. The town is about 20 miles southeast of Rochester. The Town of Palmyra, originally called […]

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New York Masons Donate to Disaster Relief… “A Way of Life”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 16:26

MW Jeffrey M. Williamson had the honor of presenting a $100,000.00 check to MW Simon LaPlace, PGM (CT) Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association of North America. This check encompassed the incredible outpouring of donations given by individual Masons, Lodges and Districts within the Grand Lodge of the State of New York for disaster […]

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GLC Monroe District November 30, 2017

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 00:48

Grand Lecturer Convention Monroe District November 30, 2017 The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Monroe District was hosted by Fairport Flower City Lodge 476 in Fairport. The evening began with a steak dinner in the lodge catered by ERAC 163. The convention began with a ritual update and a highlight of the past three […]

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Rochester NY

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:19

Rochester, NY Rochester is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York. Rochester was one of America’s first boomtowns, rising to prominence as the site of many flour mills along the Genesee River, and then as a major hub of manufacturing. Several of the region’s universities (notably the University of […]

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GLC Oneida District November29, 2017

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 00:12

Grand Lecturer Convention Oneida District November 29, 2017 The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Oneida was held in the beautiful and historic Utica Masonic Center. The evening began with a dinner meeting with the district leadership at the Bella Cucina Restaurant. There was also a social hours with light refreshments for all attendees at […]

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Utica Railway Station

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:34

Utica Railway Station The Boehlert Transportation Center at Union Station is a train station served by Amtrak and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Utica, New York. It is owned by Oneida County, and named for retired U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert. The station was built in the Italianate style and includes a rusticated granite first story […]

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Utica, New York

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:41

Utica, NY Utica is a city in the Mohawk Valley and the county seat of Oneida County. It is located on the Mohawk River at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, Utica is approximately 90 miles northwest of Albany and 45 miles east of Syracuse. Although Utica and the neighboring city of Rome have their […]

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Herkimer GLC 2017

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:28

Grand Lecturer Convention Herkimer District November 28, 2017 The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Herkimer District was hosted by Winfield Lodge 581. We were all treated to a ham dinner courtesy of the local Eastern Star Chapter. We then moved upstairs where RW Earl Wilkerson, DDGM, promptly opened the convention at 7:00 PM. The […]

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Dolgeville

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:35

Dolgeville Dolgeville is a village in Herkimer County and Fulton County. The village is named after Alfred Dolge (1848–1922), industrialist. The village is mostly in the eastern part of the town of Manheim (Herkimer County), but is partly in the western edge of the town of Oppenheim (Fulton County). Dolgeville is east of Utica. The […]

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Corning Glass Museum

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 23:37

Corning Museum of Glass The Corning Museum of Glass is a museum in Corning, New York dedicated to the art, history and science of glass. It was founded in 1951 by Corning Glass Works and currently has a collection of more than 45,000 glass objects, some over 3,500 years old. Founded in 1951 by Corning […]

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GLC Chemung Schuyler Tioga2017

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 23:36

                                                                                 Grand Lecturer Convention                                                                                   Chemung Schuyler Tioga                                                                                         November 27, 2017 The annual Grand Lecturer Convention of the Chemung Schuyler Tioga was hosted by Myrtle Jefferson Lodge No. 131 in Montour Falls. We arrived to a short social hour with light refreshments. We move upstairs where RW Clifton Hathaway, DDGM, promptly opened the convention […]

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Montour Falls

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:08

                                                                                                             Montour Falls Montour Falls is a village located in Schuyler County.   A waterfall at the end of West Main Street gives the village its name. The name “Montour” is derived from Queen Catherine Montour, a prominent Native American woman of Seneca Indian heritage who lived at the village site in the 18th century. The […]

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Thanksgiving Message 2017

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:38

My Brothers, The Summer is finished, and Autumn is in full force, the weather is changing, the tree leaves are turning colors and dropping, and we, as Masons, are hard at work in the quarries. As Americans, we are now preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday season. This is a totally American holiday and honors […]

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Grand Secretary’s Apron, 1799

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:25

A silk apron worn by Grand Secretary Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck), who served as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York during the last year of MW Robert R Livingston’s time as Grand Master (1784-1800). This Apron was presented in 1802 by RW van den Broeck’s widow to his […]

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GLC Niagara Orleans November 2017

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:22

 Niagara Orleans District Grand Lecturer Convention October 27, 2016             Red Jacket Lodge No. 646 was the host for the Niagara Orleans Grand Lecturer Convention this year.   Red Jacket Lodge meets at the historic Lockport Masonic Center in the heart of the city near locks E34 & E35 on the Erie Canal.   Ames Chapter No. […]

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