Monday, March 02, 2009
An invitational Masonic body officially known as the Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers, or more colloquially as "The Operatives," was constituted back on November 29th, 2008. This chapter is the Bryn Athen Quarry Assemblage, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is the first constituted assemblage in the United States. The Grand Assemblage is in England, and claims more than 2,000 members worldwide.
According to The Operatives' Grand Assemblage website, "The Society exists to perpetuate or preserve a memorial of the practices of operative Free Masons existing prior to, or continuing independently of, modern speculative Freemasonry."
A note posted on the Grand Assemblage's website from Glenson Jones, VII', Regional Clerk for the North America Region, says there are also two other groups in the USA working toward other Assemblages.
For official information contact Worshipful Brother Matthew D. Dupee VI°, Deputy Master Mason.