Initiatives like the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry, the Worldwide Exemplification of Freemasonry, and UCLA’s Freemasonry and Civil Society demonstrate an ever growing interest from the academic community in the history and philosophy of our fair Craft. It is gratifying to witness this increased attention from the non-Masonic community, and it presents a challenge for us as Masons to ensure that we retain control of our story and our heritage. The most significant aspect of this challenge is that few Masons hold the same level of knowledge and abilities as those in the academic community. To help rectify this discrepancy, The Masonic Society and the Masonic Library and Museum Association have joined forces to establish The Quarry Project. Phase one of this endeavor will be the Conference on Masonic Research and Preservation to be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA on September 27-29, 2013. The conference is open to anyone interested in Masonic research and preservation, but will be specifically targeted toward two groups: members of Masonic lodges of research as well as authors, writers, and researchers, both published and aspiring, and Masonic librarians and museum curators.
The conference will draw from both the Masonic and academic communities to provide detailed instruction on Masonic research and the editing of same. In addition, the recommendations of a committee created to establish a set of voluntary standards for future Masonic research, writing, and editing will be introduced. Professional librarians, museum curators, and experts on display and preservation will address that area of interest. Multiple concurrent presentations on both fields of endeavor will be offered on all three days. A few success stories that will enthuse and inspire the participant will be mixed in along the way.
We are soliciting support from Grand Lodges, Lodges of Research, and the various Masonic Research Societies to help promote interest in this endeavor and encourage participation. Additionally, we are seeking patronage from those wishing to assist in making this quality event affordable to all who wish to attend. All contributions will be duly noted in The Quarry Project program. For more information on sponsorship levels and lodge promotions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Finally, we wish to hear comments and/or feedback regarding this conference. That feedback may also be sent to email@example.com .
Program details and registration information for this event will be available in the fall of 2012.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
John R. “Bo” Cline, President
The Masonic Society
Mark A. Tabbert, President
Masonic Library and Museum Association
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 13:32