A fascinating new book has just been released that will be an invaluable tool for historians researching the pre-Revolutionary War days of Freemasonry in America. The Almanac of American Freemasonry 1730-1744 ($24.99 Lulu Press) was co-written by Mark Tabbert (Director of Collections at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial) and the late John 'Bo' Cline (Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alaska, and Past President of the Masonic Society). The Foreword was penned by Shawn E. Eyer, editor of the Philalethes magazine.
The Almanac contains the listings and activities of every known Masonic Lodge in North America between 1730 and 1774:
- Part One — Chronology of Masonic Events (1730 — 1774)
- Part Two — Chronology of Lodges by Colony and Location
- Part Three — Lodges in North America by Chartering Source
- Part Four — Lodges in North America by Colony
- 1. British Military and Colonial Militia Lodges in North America
- 2. Lodges in Canada
- 3. Caribbean Lodges
- 4. Biographies of American Provincial Grand Masters
- 5. Famous American Freemasons
- Alphabetical Listing of Lodges (1730-1774)
According to Mark, proceeds of the book will pay for new editions and the publication of Volume 2, covering 1775-1799, which is already 50% completed.