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Thursday, January 25, 2018

HERITAGE ENDURES - New ordering information

Perspectives On 200 Years Of Indiana Freemasonry
by Christopher L. Hodapp

Freemasonry crossed the frontier into the Indiana Territory officially in 1809 when the Grand Lodge of Kentucky organized Vincennes Lodge No. 15 in that growing town along the banks of the Wabash River. It would take nine more years and the declaration of Indiana statehood before the formation of the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM on January 13, 1818 in Madison. Since that time, Indiana's Freemasons have been at the center of their communities, their state, and the nation.

Indiana has previously published two major works by Masonic historians about their first 150 years of existence, but Heritage Endures by Christopher Hodapp (Freemasons For Dummies) is a different type of grand lodge history book. It places the state's fraternity within the wider picture of American society and the outside Masonic world for the last two centuries. There is certainly a concentration on the last fifty years of changes and developments, but there are also major chapters on other aspects not covered by prior authors in the state. Heritage Endures explores some of the most fascinating, most heroic, most touching, and a few of the most unsettling moments of the state's Masonic history, with original research never attempted before.
  • The Jubilee Year of 1968 - Dwight Smith and Indiana's 150th Celebration 
  • Signposts of Masonic History - Indiana's Masonic Historical Markers
  • Before the Beginning - Freemasonry in Frontier Indiana
  • Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth - Harry Truman, Compass Park, and the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana
  • Indiana’s Freemasons Halls
  • Indiana Masons and the Ku Klux Klan
  • Indiana and E-Masonry - How Computers Changed Everything
  • Prince Hall Freemasonry and Recognition in Indiana
  • Masons and Membership Issues
  • What Comes Next?
Heritage Endures goes far beyond the borders of Indiana and tells a broader tale of Freemasonry as a fraternal and social force that has evolved and adapted to suit the times in which it has resided. It can be read as an adjunct to Dwight L. Smith's 1968 Goodly Heritage and Daniel McDonald's 1898 A History of Freemasonry In Indiana. But it also stands as a unique series of perspectives of the Masonic fraternity in America as a whole, using the Hoosier state's Masons as an example of the wider picture.

Publisher: Grand Lodge of Indiana, F&AM (January 13, 2018)
Hardback: 512 pages
Price: $25.00 (add $5.00 for U.S. shipping)
ISBN-13: 978-1-5136-2902-5
Shipping dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping weight: 1.2 lbs

Books may now be purchased in person or by phone or mail from the 
Grand Secretary's office of the 
Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM

To order, contact: Wanda Smith 
Telephone: 317-634-7904 ext 202 

Books can also be ordered directly from the author by clicking the PayPal link below. Note that shipping costs are slightly higher with this direct link ($6.99). Personalized autograph inscriptions ordered this way MUST be entered in the "SPECIFIC INSCRIPTION" window below:


Shipped by Media Mail only (can take up to two weeks to arrive). 

Just be aware that because I cannot get these from the Grand Lodge at a discount, and because Amazon plops another $8.35 on top of the lowest list price I can provide these for,
Amazon is the most expensive way possible to order this book at this time. 

Please feel free to review the book in the comments section below:


  1. Would be great if this was also available on Amazon.

    1. I know. The problem is keeping the price point and dealing with Amazon's cut, since they want 40% in general. We can crank up a surcharge to counteract it, but we'll see how it goes for now. It's the Grand Lodge's property and their decision.

      That said, I should have a PayPal purchase button by next week, I believe. That will streamline it.


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