JULY 10, 2018 (Tuesday)
“A History of Freemasonry”
Speaker: Austin Shifrin, Member of the Freemasons
Using his own experience as a starting point, Austin Shifrin will give a wide ranging overview of Freemasonry – its structure and history in the US and Abroad…from its promotion around the globe, to opposition that originated right in your backyard.
The presentation will give you a glimpse into the many facets of an organization which has inspired much speculation in the general public, by virtue of its mystique and some very well-known members.
If you have ever been curious about this “society with secrets”, you won’t want to miss this presentation.
“Freemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, Journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason.” From Wikipedia:
About the Speaker:
Austin Shifrin is a Pennsylvania Freemason affiliated with several bodies, and with leadership experience in a few of them. He joined Tyrian Lodge #644 in 2006, where he presided in 2013; he also joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh in 2006, where he presided over the Princes of Jerusalem in 2014, joined the Shriners in November of 2014, joined East Hills Royal Arch Chapter #268 (York Rite) in 2016, and became a founding, or warrant, member of Odyssey Council #550 Allied Masonic Degrees in 2017. Austin has been a frequent contributor to the Scottish Rite Magazine and presenter in his home lodge.
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