Monday, August 6, 2018

‘Library lecture: Who is Liberty Lodge No. 7?’

This month’s lecture at the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library is scheduled for Thursday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. From the publicity:

In the early-to-mid nineteenth century, Freemasonry in New York suffered from an unbroken series of schisms and calamities that at times threatened the existence of the Craft. From the division of the City and Country Grand Lodges in 1822, through the Morgan Disturbance, the St. John’s and Phillips schisms, and the last, and least-studied, of the schismatic movements of this period, the Revived St. John’s Grand Lodge, our Grand Jurisdiction, and even individual lodges, were divided by geography, faction, personal animosity, and ambition.

The recent discovery of an 1854 Master Mason certificate, issued by a previously unknown City lodge, led W. Bro. Brad Corsello to delve into this period of conflict. His lecture traces the history of the Grand Lodge of New York from the Atholl Warrant of 1781 through the end of the Age of Schisms, in an attempt to answer the question “Who was Liberty Lodge No. 7?”

Bro. Corsello is a Past Master of Solomon’s Lodge 196 in Tarrytown. He also is a member of Azim Grotto 7, MOVPER. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Engineering, and Case Western Reserve School of Law, and is an attorney specializing in intellectual property.

Photo ID is required to enter Masonic Hall (71 West 23rd Street), and the library is on the 14th floor. RSVP here.

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