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Master and Wardens Scavenger Hunt

At the 2024 Master and Wardens Leadership Retreats, attendees were asked to share their experience via social media throughout the weekend. Thanks to all of those who participated, and have fun reading the posts!

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In the Masons of California's 2022 Fraternity Report, review the highlights of the past year, from a sharp rise in new members to a full-scale renovation at the Masonic Homes.

2022 Fraternity Report

In the Masons of California’s 2022 Fraternity Report, review the highlights of the past year, from a sharp rise in new members to a full-scale renovation at the Masonic Homes.

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Portrait of a female Freemason. Women's Freemasonry, mixed Masonry, and coed Masonry have a long and distinguished history in California, the United States, and especially in Europe and Latin America. In addition, Masonic orders like the Order of the Eastern Star also serve women in Masonry.

Female Freemasons

Because Freemasonry was originally founded as an organization for men, there are naturally lots of questions about how women fit into it, including if and how a woman can become a Mason. In fact, female Freemasons appear in the fraternity’s history from its earliest, operative days—and even in its symbols. Today, many lodges around the world continue to accept both men and women, or women only.

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Explaining the ranks of Masonry, from entered apprentice to Master Mason to 33rd degree Mason.

Masonic Ranks

The craft lodges where Masons begin their journey through Freemasonry have three ranks, or degrees. Once they’ve completed those, they’re able to pursue further degrees through “appendant” Masonic bodies that offer even more ranks beyond that. What does it all add up to? Is there a system to putting Masonic ranks in order—and if so, what’s at the top?

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Frontispiece of James Anderson's 1723 Constitutions of Freemasonry. Learn more about other Masonic bodies and organizations, including the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Knights Templar, and the Shrine.

Other Masonic Bodies

Freemasonry has inspired a number of offshoot Masonic groups that can offer a unique extension of the member experience. From the playful personality of the Shriners to the expanded degree lessons of the Knights Templar and York Rite and Scottish Rite, here’s an introduction to Masonic appendant bodies and affiliated organizations.

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Prince Hall Masons pose in this archival photo. Prince Hall Masonry (also called Prince Hall Freemasonry) is a centuries-old Black fraternal order that today partners with the Masons of California.

Prince Hall Masonry

Prince Hall Masonry is a historically Black branch of Freemasonry that began in the 1700s. Learn about the organization’s revolutionary history, and the important role it plays for Black Freemasons and the Masonic family today.

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Famous Freemasons

Freemasons come from all backgrounds, all belief systems, and all walks of life. So it’s no surprise that the list of famous Freemasons is very long—and varied. It includes everyone from actors and celebrities to artists and politicians. Let’s meet a few.

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