Haunted Chambers by: Karen Kidd


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Cornerstone Book Publishers in New Orleans, LA., recently announced the soon-to-be released “Haunted Chambers: the Lives of Early Women Freemasons”. The book’s author, Karen Kidd, is a Co-Mason and member of a Seattle, WA-based Lodge that works under the Honorable Order of American Co-Masonry, American Federation of Human Rights, headquartered in Larkspur, CO. “Haunted Chambers” is Kidd’s first book.

Kidd touches only briefly on what many will find as the real challenge in this book: that these women existed at all. Instead, “Haunted Chambers” provides the best evidence available that these women did exist and as many details about their lives as is still available. The women in Haunted Chambers include an American writer of women’s rights, an early New Brunswick settler, an Irish immigrant girl, a war hero, a countess and the sculptress who created the statue of Abraham Lincoln that stands today in the US Capitol Rotunda.

The book’s title comes from an observation by noted 19th Century Masonic Historian W. Fred Vernon: “I have no doubt other ancient Lodges have their lady members just as ancient buildings have their haunted chambers.”

Though “Haunted Chambers” is Kidd’s first book, she is not a new writer. She started writing when she was a young girl and sold early works of short fiction while she was in college. She earned a degree in Journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and was a reporter for about eight years at several small southern newspapers. She then changed careers and entered the information technology field, writing occasional articles for technical journals.

She was initiated into Freemasonry in August 2006, into a Seattle, WA-based Lodge that works under the Honorable Order of American Co-Masonry, American Federation of Human Rights. The Honorable Order is based in Larkspur, CO, and was founded in the US in the early 20th Century. Kidd is a member of the Honorable Order’s Lodge of Research, for which she’s written several architectures/research papers and more are in the works.

In 2007. she won the World Award in Internet Lodge No 9659’s Short Paper’s competition. Internet Lodge is a Lodge in Manchester England that works under the United Grand Lodge of England. It’s biannual short papers competition attracts entrants the world over. Kidd was the first Co-Mason and the first woman Freemason to win such an award in a contest sponsored by a Lodge under the UGLE.



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