To raise awareness of Freemasonry, the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Free & Accepted Masons has announced that many New Hampshire Masonic Lodges will be open on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am to 3pm.
All are invited to visit their local Lodge to learn about the history, teachings, and mysteries surrounding Freemasonry.
Freemasonry has permeated the cultural consciousness for centuries. It has been portrayed in traditional and social media as a secret society, a drinking club, and a playground for the world’s powerful elite men. Yet the reality of the world’s oldest fraternal organization is far more compelling than any of the fiction that surrounds it.
What is Freemasonry?
At its core, Masonry is a system of initiation which is divided into three Degrees. The Degrees exemplify lessons of morality and Brotherhood that will be familiar to most but are presented in a meaningful, dramatic, and personal way. This unique experience is intended to impart serious lessons to the candidate while strongly connecting the individual to every member of the fraternity in a shared experience.
In many ways, Freemasonry is the original social network. It is a place where men, regardless of their age, financial status, religion, sexual orientation, or political leanings can meet and relate in a deep and meaningful way. Unlike modern social media, however, discussion of religious dogma or politics are strictly forbidden in Masonic meetings.
Masonic Lodges are places for personal growth; a place for men of all walks of life to join in harmony for the good of all. For many, Freemasonry is a unique opportunity to share in fellowship and fun with those they might not have otherwise ever met. For some, it is a connection to a family legacy or a historical tradition. All in all, it is a way of life: positive, supportive, and benevolent.
The main qualification to become a Freemason is believe in a Supreme Being. While Freemasonry’s lessons come directly from the Judeo-Christian tradition, it is open to men of all faiths, utilizing those traditions as a vehicle to convey the moral and spiritual teachings it contains.
Origins and Freemasonry in New Hampshire
Although the origins of fraternal Masonry are cloudy, Operative trade guilds of Masons began accepting the first “Speculative” Masons as early as 1634. The first Grand Lodge, or governing body for a group of Masons, was founded in 1717 in England.
Freemasonry in New Hampshire began in Portsmouth in the 1730s with St. John’s Lodge No. 1 which is one of the two oldest continuously operating Masonic Lodges in America. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire was founded in William Pitt Tavern in Portsmouth in 1789, which still serves as an active Masonic Lodge and museum at historic Strawbery Banke.
Lodges in the following towns will be open:
Nashua – (Rising Sun Lodge & Ancient York Lodge)
Portsmouth – (St. John’s Lodge & St. Andrew’s Lodge)
Tilton – (Doric-Centre Lodge)
To obtain addresses and additional information regarding the above Lodges and to see a full list of Lodges in New Hampshire, visit http://bit.ly/nh-lodges.
For more information contact:
Chairman, Communications Committee
Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Free and Accepted Masons
Phone: (603) 809-3189