Bro. Powers Installed as Worshipful Master

Bro. Powers Installed as Worshipful Master

Special thanks to the Grand Lodge of Kansas A.F.&A.M. for granting special permission to live stream this event.       Brother Alex Powers has been duly elected as Worshipful Master of Gardner Lodge No. 65 for the year of 2018.  This is a huge honor because 2018 marks the 150th year of Gardner Lodge since being Chartered.  We would love you to join us for this event. If you are not able to join in person then please consider joining us vertally through this special Live Stream hosted by Historical Light.  This is the first time the Grand Master has approved a Live video stream of this public ceremony so the Grand Lodge of Kansas, Gardner Lodge No. 65, and Historical Light are making history through this event.  ...
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Ep 21 Lodge History Documentaries

Ep 21 Lodge History Documentaries

  What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History Leon Abbett passes away in 1894. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=12&new_day=4&new_year=2016 Today we Bro. Mitch Denning out of Tennessee.  He recently headed upa project for a lodge documentary for his lodge (Portland Lodge No. 326) which we preaviously featured in Ep 19.  Brother Denning having a background in film did an amazing job on the project and joins us today to share a bit of the behind the sceens story with us as well as give some insight on how you could go about doing a similar project for your lodges history.  Dont miss out on this one and make sure to connect with Brother Denning as well as Portland Lodge. Find Brother Denning at: Mitch.Denning1@gmail.com Facebook: @mitchdenning Boo McAfee @mdfilms https://www.facebook.com/Portland-Masonic-Lodge-FAM-326-1817871748431469/ https://lodge326.wordpress.com/ In Episode 20 we annouced we were doing a giveaway to celebrate the milestone.  We received many email submissions and truly appreciate all of you for your support and participation.  We plugged all the names into a random name picker online and we...
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Ep 20 History of Freemasonry in Scotland

Ep 20 History of Freemasonry in Scotland

What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe Passes Away in 1935. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=11&new_day=20&new_year=2015 Today we have an amazing chat with Brother Bob Cooper who brings us the history behind Freemasonry in Scotland. This is one you need to see. We do apologize for the video quality of today's episode. Unfortunately Skype got a bad connection during the recording of this interview which resulted in very choppy and frozen video. If you would rather we invite you to check this episode out through the audio podcast version. Stay tuned at we will be having Brother Cooper back on the show very soon to continue the conversation with part two. Find Brother Bob at: www.robertldcooper.org www.grandlodgescotland.com As episode 20 is a big milestone for us and we are so thankful for your continued support we are doing a giveaway! Head on over to the Historical Light Masonic Research Group on Facebook to get your name on the list. We will be pulling a...
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Ep 19 Your Lodges Legacy

Ep 19 Your Lodges Legacy

  What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History James Naismith is born in 1861. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=11&new_day=06&new_year=2016   Today we do not have an interview.  Instead we are featuring a documentary done by our friend and Brother Mitch Denning.  He filmed and directed a top notch history documentary for Portland Lodge No 326.  This is such a great way to capture your lodges legacy and preserve this history which we here at Historical Light push very heavily.  Stayed tuned as we will be having Brother Denning on a future episode for an interview to go deeper into detail on how this can be done for your lodge and get some behind the scene details on this documentary. Bro. Powers was recently at the 2017 Leadership Academy hosted by the Grand Lodge of Kansas and gives some details on this great event as well. Make sure you come back for episode 20 as we will be annoucing a new Brother joining the Historical Light team who will...
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Ep 18 Lodge Dues: Then and Now

Ep 18 Lodge Dues: Then and Now

    What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History Francis Baylies is born in 1783. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=10&new_day=16&new_year=2015   Today we sit down with Bro. RJ Johnson and Bro. Nick Johnson.  Look close, you just may have seen these Brothers before ;).  We chat with Bro's Nick and RJ on the topic of Lodge Dues: Then and Now.  Both of these Brothers have  expressed some feelings on this matter recently and bring some important points of view to consider.  Of course this is a topic that has been discussed many times before but in true Historical Light fashion we take a look at the past to shed some light on the current situation on hand.  Make sure you don't miss this one as we dive deep into the value we place on the Craft. (more…)...
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Ep 17 “A Worthy Adversary”

Ep 17 “A Worthy Adversary”

      What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History Arthur Edward Waite is born in 1857. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=10&new_day=02&new_year=2015   Today we chat with Bro. James Morgan III.  Bro Morgan is a respected Masonic Historian, Co Host on The Prince Hall Think Tank, as well as the Assoc. W:. Grand Historian and Archivist for the Prince Hall jurisdiction in Washington DC.  Today's topic originated from some research for a family reunion that aided him in stumbling upon some compelling history of Prince Hall Masonry here in Kansas.  He went on to write a very well researched paper on the topic titled “A Worthy Adversary”.  We are pleased to have him on the show today to cover this great topic. (more…)...
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Ep 16 Labor Day Weekend

Ep 16 Labor Day Weekend

Please forgive the audio quality on today's show as we recorded on location at the lodge we had to use a cell phone. What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History Simon Lake is born in 1866. My daughter joins us this week to present the article. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=09&new_day=4&new_year=2017   It is Labor Day weekend and we are all busy with family and friends so we are keeping it short today and will not be featuring an interview. Not to worry though we have several great interviews recorded and ready to go for the episodes to come. Today the family and I spent some time up at the lodge while I was doing some awesome research of our history. My daughter jumps in to present today's article from Masonry Today.com which I was really excited about. We want to make sure and recognize those in Texas enduring the struggle of the hurricane right now. The MSA is accepting donations to support their needs....
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Ep 15 The Grand Lodge of Kansas Library and Museum

Ep 15 The Grand Lodge of Kansas Library and Museum

What happened in Masonic History Today? Due to such an engaging interview the time ran a bit lengthy this week so decided to cut the MasonryToday article.  They will be back next time but until then pay them a visit at www.MasonryToday.com   In this episode, we chat this time with Dylan Kuhlman, the Archivist for the Grand Lodge of Kansas who gives an inside perspective of the progress in archives.  The interesting thing about Dylan’s position with the Grand Lodge is that he is actually a Profane!  However, however he is bringing some very impressive experience, dedication, and overall passion to the table and to the mission of saving and sharing the Masonic history within the state of Kansas.  He came in to a mountainous job at hand but has taken it head on.  You will defiantly want to be in on this week’s conversation. www.KansasMason.org http://kansasmason.pastperfectonline.com/ As you may have heard I was featured as a special lunchtime presenter for the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education this past weekend...
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Ep 14 History of Freemasonry in Massachusetts

Ep 14 History of Freemasonry in Massachusetts

  What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History Mark Odom Hatfield passes away in 2011. http://www.masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=8&new_day=07&new_year=2016   In this episode,  we sit down with Bro. Walter H. Hunt, the Grand Historian for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as he brings us to light on the history of Freemasonry within his state.  You are sure to love this episode as Brother Hunt is another one of those guys you could easily chat with for days.  It is clear to see his passion and devotion to the work of the craft. http://massfreemasonry.org/ http://masonicgenealogy.com/ Alex has another big speaking engagement coming soon on August 19th in Topeka, Ks.  He will be presenting at the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education.  This is a large, respected, and quality conference between 13 midwestern Masonic jurisdictions.  This event is rarely held in Kansas and is featuring a pretty epic speaker line up including Bro. Powers as a special lunchtime presenter who will be speaking on the topic “Examining the Craft: Then,...
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Ep 13 Webb Lodge No. 1454

Ep 13 Webb Lodge No. 1454

  Today's show topic: Webb Lodge No. 1454   What happened in Masonic History Today? Today in Masonic History John Jacob Astor is born in 1763. http://masonrytoday.com/index.php?new_month=7&new_day=17&new_year=2015   In this episode,  we sit down with Bro. Matthew Fisher for an enjoyable chat on his lodge, their history, and their integration of the communities history as well.  Make sure you catch this interview as it was very enjoyable and informative.  Brother Fisher's great personality and admiration for the Craft definitely shine through and bring a lot to the table this week!   https://www.facebook.com/groups/webblodge1454/ http://www.webblodge.org/ Gardner Lodge members recently attended a meeting at Topeka Lodge No. 17 where Bro. Powers had a speaking engagement giving an informative presentation on the preservation and recovery of lodge history.  Due to several Gardner members being in attendance for this they surprisingly met the requirements to “steal” their Traveling Gavel.  This gavel (see the episode for photos) was released by PGM and current Grand Secretary, Tracy Bloom in honor of his late father. Alex has another big...
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