History Of FreemasonThe history of Freemason is one of the most intriguing of its kind. It is also one of the most misunderstood and misprinted. The Masonic literature that is now available contains far more incorrect information than any knowledge that can be found in the history books. Most of this Masonic literature has been written by Masonic Speakers who wants to present a positive image of their organization to outsiders and have totally distorted the history of Freemasonry. Many Masonic books have the title of "ractions." These are Masonic definitions of words that are commonly used within the Lodge. These are used as shorthand for words that the candidate wants to know more about. "ractions" are very important to be familiar with because these words can mean anything from getting a degree to working as a Mason in a lodge. An example would be, "Master Mason" being defined as a Master being of a certain standing. The Masonic history has many other inaccuracies. Many Masonic books and literature present events that actually took place long ago. It is not uncommon to find books written about founding fathers that do not mention that they were Freemasons. The Masonic society does not have a written history, because it was not created until a century after the organization was created. There is some Masonic literature that was written by men who are no longer alive today. Many of these books are written in a tone that is critical of the lodge, but without any real knowledge of the Craft. The writings are filled with incorrect information that is used to promote the Craft. Many of these Masonic writers Masonic initiates who want the Craft portrayed in a negative light. The Masonic history has many errors, but most are not known to many people. This is why the Masonic history has been misprinted and distorted for so long. It has been used in Masonic schools and colleges as a teaching tool. This type of Masonic literature should not be used as a history lesson. Instead it should be used as an introduction to the subject. In the United States the Masonic tradition is really only a family story. Its roots can be traced back to the times of the Puritans, which were fleeing from England during the time of the Gladiators. The Lodges were formed to provide support and security to these early settlers. A few of these Lodge founders may have been involved in the Underground Railroad, but most were just ordinary people who wanted a safe place to live. Freemasonry has had several major splinters since its beginning. These split off due to differing opinions on religion, politics, race, and social life. There have also been differences over the interpretation of the symbolism involved in Freemasonry. Some Masonic symbols are thought to represent the three monotheisms of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Other Masonic symbols are said to symbolize other things, such as the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments, or the Three-fold Moon symbol. The modern history of Freemason may be considered to be divided into three main points of departure. The first was the Articles of Union of 17 43, which established the Grand Lodge of England. The second point of departure was the French Revolution of 1794. This marked the first major schism in the Masonic membership during that time. The final major schism happened with the Reformation. Since then there have been numerous splits within the lodge, but there has never been a break with the Craft itself. As you become more interested in the history of Freemason, there are many books available to read on this topic. Many Masonic books provide a complete history of the Order, with chapters concentrating on different areas including politics, ethics, religion, geography, and initiatory rituals. There are also many Masonic history genealogies, such as that of Grand Master Richard Edward Mason, founder of the lodges. These Masonic books can provide you with much information about your own Grand Lodge. There are many articles available on the internet to read as well. There are Masonic diaries, printed literature, and historical documents, all written by experts on the subject. You can find Masonic posters, calendars, and postcards, all with information about the lodge and its history. There is even an annual Masonic exhibition, featuring hundreds of different designs and artwork. There are many clubs devoted to Freemasonry, featuring newsletters, events, and magazine articles. All these resources will help you get a deeper understanding of what Freemasons really do, who they are, and how they developed their particular fraternity. If you are considering joining a lodge, or learning more about its history, you can visit local Lodges to get information. The Grand Lodge of Freehold is the largest in England, with over 30% of the total lodges located in London alone. Many tourists visit London each year to take part in the various Masonic activities, ranging from visiting the Grand Lodge to participating in a Light Party. There are many different Masonic tours available, which will allow you to see many sites associated with the Masonic tradition, from the Grand Lodge to St. John's College, Cambridge, to York Minster.