by Christopher Hodapp
On Friday, May 8th, the Allied Masonic Degrees (AMD) of New Jersey and Pennsylvania East will host an online members-only presentation by Dr. John Bizzack, Past Master of Lexington Lodge 1 in Kentucky. 'Sins of Our Masonic Fathers' is an outgrowth of John's ongoing examination of the massive changes that happened in American Freemasonry at around 1800 when it transformed from small, exclusive lodges along the East coast into a rapidly expanding institution for social change throughout the western territories. What was good for America turned out to be not so good for Freemasonry as an institution as it exists today, and the subject of John's presentation is "the lost strength of fewness in American Freemasonry."
John Bizzack is an exceptional historian and has written some fourteen books on Freemasonry. I especially recommend Island Freemasonry and Sins of Our Masonic Fathers. It helps that he is deeply involved with and committed to Kentucky's historic Lexington Lodge 1, which was the first Masonic lodge established west of the Appalachian mountains. More than a few grand lodges can trace their origins to Virginia or Kentucky charters that came out of that one single lodge. If you ever have the opportunity to visit one of their regular lodge meetings or outstanding festive boards, make the effort to do so. Lexington Lodge sets the bar very high for excellence in everything they do, and their lodge experience is always first-rate. John's been a big part of that over the years, and he served several years as their Worshipful Master.
Friday's program begins at 8PM EDT. It is being restricted to members of the Allied Masonic Degrees only, and is NOT open to the public or just Masons in general. For login information to this Zoom program, you must register at: https://tinyurl.com/ydav7x5u