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Thursday, April 17, 2008

2nd Annual International Conference on the History of Freemasonry

After the success of last year's first International Conference on the History of Freemasonry in Edinburgh, Scotland, the news comes from author, friend and brother Robert Cooper that more is on the way.

The 2nd ICHF will be May 29th-31st, 2009, and it is now expected that the event will be a biannual conference. The intention is to allow contributors ample time to submit proposals during the call for entries, and, if accepted, to then write their papers. Power Point proposals are encouraged.

From the Grand Lodge of Scotland's website:

ICHF is not a Masonic Conference in the way we Freemasons usually perceive 'Masonic Conferences'. ICHF is quite different in that it is the only conference in the world that brings togther academics who are studying aspects of Freemasonry with Freemasons and members of the public.

ICHF is not a profit making body and if, and when, a surplus is made it will be used for charitable purposes.

It is intended that ICHF will be a biennial event. 2009 is special to Scots as it marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the National Bard - Brother Robert Burns. It is to be hoped that some of the papers at the conference will cover, for example, the impact that Freemasonry had on the life and work of Brother Burns. This is important as ICHF will move elsewhere in 2011.

Although styled an 'academic' conference it was heartening to see the number of Freemasons and members of the public who attended last year's conference and it is hoped that this will be repeated again next year.

The First Announcement and Call for Papers are now available. More information will soon be available on the conference web site www.ichfonline.org


  1. See you there! With the way the dollar has been tanking maybe this I'll be able to rent a space under a stairwell for $9,000 instead of paying $500.00 for that creepy dump I stayed in last year!

    We'll certainly need to return to go to Evensong together with Bro. Paul--even if it is again in the wrong church!

    --Bro. Adam K.

  2. Yes, but as it turned out, the church we went to is the burial place of lapsed Brother John Robison, author of "Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe, Carried on in the Secret Meetings of Freemasons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies," and, of course, the inventor of the siren.

    My hotel was a lavish ultra-modern (or was it post-modern?) Taj Mahal, compared to most rooms I've had in the UK. But I lived through the Cold War long enough to be a little creeped out by all of the Russian women on the staff.

    "What are you all doing here in Scotland?"

    "Mind your own business, Yankee boychik."

  3. Yes! I forgot about that! Visiting that church was indeed a stroke of synchronicity--especially since I was displaying Robison's book in my anti-Masonic propaganda exhibit.

  4. GW Lodge 143 has a great trip planned to incorporate the meeting in Edinburgh....Uniquest Travel in Chambersburg PA has the info on the trip...there is even going to be a side trip to London to visit the Chelsea Flower Show....717 263-5330..last times trip was great we stayed at the Roxburghe and some of us travelled during the day while the guys went to their meetings.....


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