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New studies related to Free- masonry have been started at UCLA, funded by the Grand Master Adamson Project. This has the exciting potential to identify actual Masonic history and its contributions to society. Most Worshipful Larry L. Adamson, Grand Master of California, speaks here about the new UCLA studies.—Editor
am honored to share momentous news with you. Our Grand Lodge has commenced
an important and transformational partnership. In the name of Freemasonry
and our noble heritage, we are sealing an alliance with one of the most
respected academic establishments in the world. By doing so, we break new
ground in California.
Partnership to Advance the Study and Understanding of Freemasonry
2008-2009 Grand Master’s project funds a scholarly partnership between the
Masonic Grand Lodge of California and the University of California, Los
research and study supported by the Grand Master’s project will align with
the most serious scholarship on Freemasonry in the world today, dispelling
myths about our fraternity and revealing our proud heritage in factual,
Margaret C. Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History and one of the
world’s foremost Masonic scholars, will play a leading role. Dr. Jacob’s
work provides important insight into the early development of Freemasonry,
demonstrating how Masonic values and tenets shaped countries and civil
societies around the world, and helped develop the constitutional democracy
that forms the very foundation of the United States.
my travels this past year, it has become clear that this project addresses
one of our fraternity’s most urgent and compelling needs. There is a vast
discrepancy today in the world’s perception of Freemasonry and
the reality of our history and our significance. I truly believe
that this project will help bridge that gap. Rather than passively allowing
others to define us in their own – often, misguided – terms, we will
honor our legacy by actively defining Freemasonry to the world.
must support dedicated academic research that lifts the “veil of
secrecy” from our fraternity and reveals the influential role we have
played – and continue to play – in the history of countries around the
have raised more than $500,000 thus far, but for this project to accomplish
all that it can, we still have a long way to go. Many of you have asked me
how you can lend your support to this critical project. This is your
opportunity. To participate, visit freemason.org
and select contribute/give online.
many of us, explaining what Freemasonry has contributed to the world is a
complex and personally significant topic. Please join Lynn and me in helping
all of us – our own brotherhood, and the world at large – better
understand the depth and breadth of our fraternity’s contributions. Thank
you for your thoughtful consideration and support.
A letter from MW Grand Master Larry L. Adamson dated 3 August 2009.
Ninth Annual California Masonic Symposium held at UCLA on 2 May 2009....
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Larry L. Adamson
California Grand Master
UCLA campus, site of
Henry W. Coil Library &
Museum of Freemasonry
Margaret C. Jacob
Margaret C. Jacob
UCLA History Professor