May-June 2011

Centennial of the House of the Temple Groundbreaking-May 31, 1911. L. to r.: James D. Richardson, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, and Francis J. Woodman, 33°, Grand Tiler (Archives of the Supreme Council).

  • GWU Scholars
    Current Interest: GWU Scholars and Fellows Visit the House of the Temple

    On March 2, 2011, the Supreme Council hosted its annual luncheon for George Washington University scholarship and fellowship recipients supported by the Supreme Council.

  • Photo of Grand Commander Ronald A. Seale, 33°
    April Showers?

    Spring is always a time of renewal and regeneration as things long thought dead again spring to newness of life. It’s one of the miracles we can revisit and take inspiration from year after year. Spring is also a time of reenergizing ourselves and, I would hope, our efforts for Freemasonry.

  • Bridge to Light and Monitor & Guide
    So You’re a 32° Mason, Now What?

    Congratulations on becoming a 32˚, Master of the Royal Secret! Now that you’ve completed the often whirlwind experience of a Scottish Rite reunion, you might be asking yourself, what’s next?

  • Groundbreaking for the House of the Temple, May 31, 1911
    Breaking Ground for the Future

    This is a significant year for Scottish Rite Masons and the Supreme Council; 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the official groundbreaking ceremony for the building of the new House of the Temple on Sixteenth Street in Washington, D.C. On May 31, 1911, Grand Commander James D. Richardson turned “the first spade of earth in the building of the new Temple.”

  • Square and Compass
    Inspired by the Craft

    Peter Waddell’s exhibition of 14 paintings, An Artist Visits the White House Past, will be on display at the White House Visitor Center, 1400 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., from March 23–November 28, 2011. The exhibition is free and open to the public. To see the exhibit on line, visit

  • DeMolay Essy Contast Winner

    Patriotism is more than blind loyalty. It is following the high ideals of honor, goodness, and freedom.

  • Apron for the 20th Degree
    Masonry & Religion

    Many pages and even books have been written on the relationship between Masonry and religion.

  • Cover of the February 1903 issue of The Star Monthly
    Frank S. Land and the Coming Men of America

    The C.M.A was founded ahead of the Boy Scouts (1910) and the Order of DeMolay (1919), the latter of which was founded by Ill. Frank S. Land in 1919 when he was 28 years old.

  • Atrium of the House of the Temple
    Why Rebuild the Temple?

    The House of the Temple is our home as Scottish Rite Freemasons. Our home needs some repairs. Together, as brothers and friends, we can restore and preserve our home for future generations.

  • Alma Bane, Right Worthy Grand Secretary forthe Eastern Star
    Practicing My Craft for The Craft

    The Supreme Council’s Department of Membership Services has produced three new videos to tell the Scottish Rite Story.

  • United States Flag
    The Symbol of a Nation
  • Book Reviews: Variety Pack

    I remember the old television variety shows with a certain nostalgia. Even if you did not like what was on at the moment, you knew that only a few minutes would bring something different. We have the same sort of variety this month. I hope you find something you enjoy.

  • James A. Smith, 33°, Appointed Deputy in Alabama
    Current Interest: James A. Smith, 33°, Appointed Deputy in Alabama

    SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed MW James A. Smith, 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Alabama following the retirement of Ill. Karl F. Reed II, 33°, SGIG in Alabama.

  • Valley of St. Joseph Cooks Chili for Charity
    Current Interest: Valley of St. Joseph Cooks Chili for Charity

    The Valley of St. Joseph, Missouri hold a Chili fund raiser for Scottish Rite Clinics.

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Current Interest: The Case of Conan Doyle's Legacy

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. His stories have inspired over 200 films and 400 fan clubs worldwide. Even people who have never read a Sherlock Holmes story know who Holmes is.

  • Mark Twain Award
    Current Interest: 2010 Winner of the Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award Announced

    At the 2011 meeting of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America in Denver, Colorado, the Masonic Information Center (MIC) announced the 2010 winners of the highly regarded Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Masonic Awareness.

  • Freemasonry Q&A
    Freemasonry Q&A: What was Ramsay's Oration
  • Ill. A. James Bryden, 33°
    Notes from the Northern Light: May-June 2011

    A Publication of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction