World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History:


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World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History:

Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society
The Bibliothèque Nationale- Paris, France
May 29-30, 2015

Pre Conference: Wednesday, Thursday – May 27 – 28, 2015

Committee on the Francken Documents: All Day Sessions at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet

A workshop organized by invitation, to view and analyze developments with the Francken Manuscripts and other eighteenth century original documents, will be held at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet, directly preceding the conference.The workshop will present and discuss a special exhibit of materials not previously on public display. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot… 

4:00 PM Thursday 4pm- Viewing and reception for the Francken Documents at the Museum of Freemasonry (

*Thursday 8:30 PM The French premiere of “Golem”, Théâtre des Abbesses, tickets available here. See the discussion, Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon at

*All Day Attraction, Early arrivals might consider the several hundred antiquarian bookshops and the unusual flea markets with various manuscripts and books. The Seine-side booksellers with their familiar green metal display cases will be open in force.


Day One: Friday- May 29, 2015- Taking Stock

9:00AM Coffee in the Foyer

9:30 – 10:00 AM Welcome– Grand Auditorium

Guillermo De los Reyes, (Conference Chair), Jean-Loup Graton, (Bibliothèque Nationale), Pierre Mollier, (Editor- Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society)

10:00 – 10:45 AM Keynote Address– Grand Auditorium

Margaret C. Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History, University California of Los Angeles- Civil Society in an Uncivil Age: An Agenda for Freemasonry, Past and Present

Introduced by: Paul J. Rich, President, Policy Studies Organization


10:45 – 11:30 AM Special Instrumental Presentation-

Special session chaired by: Charles Bonaparte


400 Years of Masonic Music- Special Instrumental Presentation

Mozart actually wrote for a unique instrument called the basset horn, absent from recitals of Masonic music for 200 years. Music historian, Gille Thorne, has restored the proper place of the basset and will share his adventures.

11:30-11:45 AM Coffee in the Foyer

11:45AM – 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions

Salon One: Unresolved Historical Inquiries


John Belton and Count Alessandro Cagliostro, Problems in Masonic Bibliography

Samuel Biagetti, Freemasonry – The Missing Link Between Jacobitism and the American Revolution?


Zhenya Gershman, Rembrandt’s Secret


Jeffrey Kantor, In the Footsteps of Freemasonry in the Holy Land King Solomon, the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and Masonic Sites in the Holy Land


Salon Two: French Resources on Fraternalism


Panel Session

Sylvie Bourel, François Rognon, Francis Delon, Françoise Moreillon, Pierre Mollier- Masonic Archives in France  (presented in French with translation)

Salon Three: Issues of Gender and Universalism


Aimee E. Newell, American Female Makers of Masonic and Fraternal Regalia


Ineke Huysman, L’Ordre de l’Union de la Joye- A Women’s Order in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age


Joachim Berger, ‘Universal freemasonry’ and Transnational Masonic Movements (c. 1870–1930)


László Vári, The Curious Case of Helene Hadik-Barkóczy with the Freemasons


1:00 – 2:15 PM Break for Lunch 

Screening of the BBC’s Inspector Morse, Masonic Mysteries, Season 4, Episode 4 (


2:15 – 3:00 PM Plenary Address

Chair: Guillermo De Los Reyes

John Cooper, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, Past President of the North American Conference of Grand Masters- Into the Maelstrom: The Issue of Masonic Regularity, Past and Present


Commentator: Alain Bauer

3:00 – 3:30 PM TBA

3:30 – 3:45 PM Coffee in the Foyer

3:45- 5:15 PM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Material Evidence of the Ethereal


François Gruson, The Masonic Temple Between Universal Model and Cultural Tropisms


Dominique Sappia and Herve Hoint-Lecoq, Jewels, Ornaments, Lights and Furnitures, a Historical and Statistical Study Through Time and Countries : Appearance of the Movable and Immovable Jewels (1696-1801)


Hilary Anderson Stelling, Commanding Elegance: The Decoration and Furnishing of Masonic Lodges in New England, 1790-1830


Salon Two: Ancient Ideas in the New World

J. Scott Kenney, Contemporary Canadian Freemasonry: Social Dynamics and Possible Futures


Adam Kendall, Pilgrimage and Procession: The 1883 Knights Templar Triennial Conclave and the Dream of the American West


Olga Romero Mestas, Freemasonry, Secret Societies and Civil Society in Cuban Independence


Oscar Alleyne, A Contemporary Look at the Various Forms of Freemasonry among African-Americans in the United States


Salon Three: In Far Places


Emanuela Locci, The Impact of European Freemasonry on Turkish Civil Society


Demetrius Xoccato, A Masonic pretender to the Hungarian throne: François Claude Auguste de Crouy-Chanel


Martin Javor, Orpheus, Mährische Magazin and Prager Gelehrte Nachrichten – Masonry Magazines in Central Europe in the 18th Century


Lori Lee Oates, Edward BulwerLytton and the Globalization of Fringe Masonic Philosophies in the Nineteenth Century


End Day One


*7:30 PM The Magic Flute, performed by the Paris Opera- Tickets with English notes available here

Day Two: Saturday- May 30, 2015- Setting Agendas

9:00 AM Coffee in Foyer


9:30 – 10:15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One:

Jean-Michel Mathonière, Compagnonnage: Knowledge and Symbols of Knowledge Among Stone Cutters at the End of the Ancien Régime


Salon Two: Lodge Quatour Coronati– Panel Session

Brent Morris, Gordon Davie, Yasha Beresiner, and John Belton- Masonic Research by Mason and Non-Masons: Can Ever the Twain Meet?

Salon Three:TBA


10:15 – 11: 15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Roots and Branches

The Masonic Collections of the The Bibliothèque Nationale


Joi Grieg, The Mystic Tie- Inclusionary and Exclusionary Language Usage in North America


Yasha Beresiner, Medieval Guilds of the City of London and their Later Influence on Freemasonry


Piroska Balogh, The Constitution and Operation of the Draskovics Observance


Salon Two: Fraternalism Midst Hostility and Challenge


Chair and Commentator: Guillermo Izabal, Royal Arch No. 2


Neil Wynes Morse, Some Masonic Activities in the Australian Military During WWI

David H. Lewis, Freemasonry Under the Nazis


Adam Kendall, Writing History with Lightning: American Nativism, the Ku Klux Klan & the Fraternal Press in the 1920s


Aslak Postad, Anti-masonic trends in Norway 1869 – 2015

Salon Three: Origins of Fraternal Wisdom


Josef Wäges and Reinhard Markner, The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati


Philip Carter, That Which Was Lost- The Third Pillar


Karen Kidd, Evolution of Co-Masonic Blue Lodge Ritual


Commentator: Goncalo Amaral


11:15 AM – 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions 


Salon One: TBA

Salon Two: Brothers Abroad

Naama Klar, Freemasonry and the Roots of Liberal International Trade: The Enlightenment and the Transatlantic Network in the 18th Century


Brian Rountree, Prairie Charity: Masonic Benevolence in late Nineteenth Century Manitoba


László Vári, Ferenc Pulszky’s Masonic Periods


Ralf Bernd Herden, The Grand-Duchy of Baden 1780-1820: State, Politics and Masonry

Salon Three: 

Philip Ice, Wallace Boston, Karan Powell, Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval, Paul Rich, Margaret Jacob and Count Alessandro Cagliostro- Taking the Conference to the World: Our Work and Teaching, Publishing, and Surviving the Internet Revolution: New Realities for Fraternal Studies


1:00 – 2:30 PM Break for Lunch Screening, the 1943 Nazi anti-Masonic movie, Forces Occultes (Hidden Froces), original uncut version, with English subtitles (


2:30 – 4:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Evolution of the Fraternal Metaphors


Rex Kallembach, Chair and Commentator

John Acaster, The Voyage from Corruption to Harmony: Fresh Insights Into the Inspiration of Noah and ‘the primitive’ Within Freemasonry


Klaus-Jürgen Grün, Development of Humanitarian Freemasonry since Anderson’s Constitutions


Giulia Delogu, Reshaping Virtue: the Case of Eighteenth-Century French and Italian Masonic Poetry


Andreas Önnerfors, Unveiling the Copiale-manuscript: layers of fraternalism, ritual and politics in eighteenth century Germany


Salon Two: The Bordeaux Vintage


Panel Session

Roger Dachez, Louis Trébuchet, Jacques Simon, Pierre Mollier, The French Sources of the”Scottish” Degrees 

Salon Three: Masonic Biography


Luis-Jose Meja, Chair and Commentator


Simon Mayers, Dudley Wright: His Early ‘Truth-Seeking’ Years (1906-1916)

Casey D. Stanislaw, Santa Anna, the Mason

Maria Danova, The Master’s Mask: Richard Wagner & Freemasonry

4:00 PM Closing Plenary Session


Brent Morris, Emperors, Princes, and the Francken Mysteries: What Paris Has Revealed- Report on the Conference Special Committee on the Francken Documents


End Day Two


6:00 PM Farewell Reception at the Museum of Freemasonry


Informal Closing Dinner- Contact John Belton if interested (


7:30 PM Les Enfants du Paradis (Ballet l’Opera de national de Paris) exploring illusion and reality in the provocative production by Jose Martinez

8:30 PM Music Festival, the famous music festival in the quarter Saint Germain will be at its height on Saturday evening:


Sunday- May 31, 2015


~~Informal walking tour of local Masonic sites and architecture led by François Gruson (details forthcoming)~~

A Sunday brunch will be hosted by Professors Guillermo de los Reyes and Paul Rich, for discussion and suggestions about the May 2017 World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History.  Contact Whitney Shepard if interested.

A self-guided tour of locations and curiosities from Dan Bown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code is easily put together using the site

The Catacombs extend for more than 150 miles under Paris with much of fraternal and ritualistic interest. For the museum and tours see:

Fortuitously, an antiquarian book and manuscript flea market, Le Marche du Livre Ancien, convenes Sundays at the Parc Georges Brassens, rue Brancion, 15th arr, Porte de Vanves metro, 9-6 pm. The adjacent park include interesting sculpture, a marionette theatre and a beekeeping school.

The Fraternalism Bookends: December 4-5, 2015 there will be a parallel international fraternalism/masonic conference in Washington DC held by the German Historical Institute at the Blair Mansion, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue. The conference is a block from Policy Studies Organization headquarters located at the historic Garfield House, 1527 New Hampshire Ave. Reception/ exhibit at Garfield House for those attending. Submissions by March 15. Follow this link for more information: The intention is that Paris and Washington in tandem will provide a permanent venue for scholarship and research exchanges on fraternalism and freemasonry. Washington D.C.- December 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Paris – May 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021.

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