Sunday, December 15, 2019

‘Upcoming book: Long Island Freemasons’

And speaking of Long Island Freemasons (see post below), another Arcadia Publishing “Images of America” book, titled Long Island Freemasons, is due for release next April.

These books are paperbacks of archival photographs of their subjects. One on New Jersey lodges was published recently, and there are others, like one on the Detroit Temple. (Years ago, I wanted to make one devoted to New York Freemasonry, as a fundraiser for the Livingston Library, but couldn’t get a green light on that from the library trustees.) They typically run 128 pages, but I see this one will span 160 pages.

From the publicity:

Long Island Freemasons
by Ron Seifried
Due April 6, 2020

Courtesy Arcadia Publishing
The first Masonic lodge in what is today Nassau and Suffolk counties was constituted in 1793. For more than 200 years, more than 70 lodges were founded and have flourished in various locations from Amagansett to Great Neck. In this book, some of the secrets of the Masonic fraternity are revealed for the first time. Recovered from dusty lodge attics and closets, this selection of long-forgotten photographs and artifacts gives the readers a brief glimpse of what was taking place behind the closed doors of their local lodge. Long Island was the Masonic home of Theodore Roosevelt of Oyster Bay and, 30 years later, was honored by a visit to the Huntington Masonic lodge by his fifth cousin and fellow Mason Franklin D. Roosevelt. Masons continue to support the community through charitable endeavors, including the Masonic Medical Research Institute, Masonic Safety Identification Programs, Shriners Hospitals, and many others.

Author Ronald J. Seifried was first introduced into Masonry by his mentor in 2003. Elected as master of his lodge, the author is a member of several Masonic concordant bodies, including the Royal Arch, Cryptic Council, and Scottish Rite, and is a recipient of the Dedicated Service Award. As historian and trustee of his home lodge, he is responsible for the conservation and maintenance of the historic lodge building and its artifacts.

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