Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF <p>The&nbsp;<em>Journal</em>&nbsp;is concerned with promoting newly emerging scholarly research in all aspects of the history and material culture of the associational lives of men and women from the Middle Ages to the present day, not least in the ways they have acted to shape regional, national and transnational identities. Through a rigorous peer-review process the Journal’s editorial board of leading international scholars presents authoritative cutting-edge research from around the globe and from across and within many subject disciplines.</p> en-US Jeffrey.Tyssens@vub.ac.be (Jeffrey Tyssens) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 3.1.2.1 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Editorial http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8780 Jeffrey Tyssens, Joachim Berger, Susan Mitchell Sommers Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8780 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Les tableaux sur toile du Grand Temple de la rue du Persil à Bruxelles (1878–79) http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8783 <p>Between August 2014 and September 2015, the big lodge room of the rue du Persil in Brussels was restored. This Egyptian style temple was constructed for the Amis Philanthropes lodge in 1878-1879. Not only a major example of this specific type of monumental masonic temple architecture, it was also the location for 14 canvas paintings on its side walls and along the eastern throne. The still highly appreciated series was produced by Louis Delbeke and Jan Verhas and carried a rich token of masonic references linked to the current state of Assyrian and Egyptian archeology in those days. The article is presented in French.</p> Eugène Warmenbol Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8783 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Furnishing a Lodge Room on the Canadian Frontier http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8782 <p>A small artefact collection and a substantial archival fonds from&nbsp;<em>Rideau Lodge</em>&nbsp;No. 25 offer an unusual glimpse into the material practices of freemasons in early 19th century rural Canada. Organized in 1815,&nbsp;<em>Rideau Lodge</em>&nbsp;operated for about 30 years in and around the hamlet of Burritts Rapids, in presentday eastern Ontario. Their surviving artefacts and accounts reveal how the brethren procured the material necessities of masonic ritual in the context of emerging frontier capitalism. The&nbsp;<em>Rideau Lodge</em>&nbsp;masons developed a hybrid material strategy, purchasing some items from distant suppliers, including those in the United States, while making or repurposing other items locally. A case study in the relationship between local production and the market economy on the Canadian frontier, this article adds to the general literature on early Canadian capitalism by illustrating how cultural considerations - in this case the practices and values of freemasonry - influenced rural Canadians' consumption strategies.</p> Forrest D. Pass Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8782 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Painted Ambitions http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8781 <p>This article investigates the masonic murals in the Elisha Gilbert House in New Lebanon, NY, looking into the circumstances of their creation, and their relationship to the role that freemasonry played in the region. The murals are found to be similar to those in the Calvin Hall Tavern in Cheshire, MA, and posits dating and a potential artist for both cycles, and investigates their relationship to the standardization of early American printed masonic iconography.</p> Margaret Goehring Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8781 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Masonic Pageantry http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8784 <p>Between 1913 and 1920, the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite contracted to have 119 costumes designed for their rituals. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum &amp; Library has a complete set of these illustrations, which include notes about their design sources. This article provides an overview of the costumes and their sources, along with some biographical information on their designers. The designs are influenced by sources from inside and outside the fraternity and serve as an example of how the fraternity did not operate in a vacuum despite its secrecy.</p> Aimee E. Newell Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8784 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 'As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850–1930', by Lynne Adele and Bruce Lee Webb, and 'The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library' by Aimee E. Newell http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8787 <p><em>As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930</em>, by Lynne Adele and Bruce Lee Webb, (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2015), xxi + 266 pp., $60.00, Hbk, ISBN: 9780292759503.</p> <p>and</p> <p><em>The Badge of a Freemason: Masonic Aprons from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library</em>, by Aimee Newell, (Lexington, MA: Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 2015), 247 pp., $39.95, Hbk, 9781889541020.</p> Mark Dennis Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8787 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 'Brought to Light: Contemporary Freemasonry, Meaning, and Society', by J. Scott Kenney http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8786 <p><em>Brought to Light: Contemporary Freemasonry, Meaning, and Society</em>, by J. Scott Kenney (Waterloo, Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016), pp. xiv +294, £29.99, Pbk, ISBN 978-1-77112-194-1.</p> Daniel E. Weinbren Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8786 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 'Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York', by Jocelyn Godwin and Christian Goodwillie http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8785 <p><em>Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York</em>, by Jocelyn Godwin and Christian Goodwillie (Clinton and Hamilton, NY: Richard W. Couper Press and Upstate Institute at Colgate University, 2016), 181 pp., $35, Pbk, ISBN-13: 9781937370213.</p> Aimee E. Newell Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8785 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 'Getting the Third Degree: Fraternalism, Freemasonry and History', by Guillermo de los Reyes and Paul Rich (eds.) http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8788 <p><em>Getting the Third Degree: Fraternalism, Freemasonry and History</em>, by Guillermo de los Reyes and Paul Rich (eds.), (Washington, DC: Westphalia Press, 2016), ix+235 pp, £10.92, Pbk, ISBN 978-1633913684.&nbsp;</p> Adam G. Kendall Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8788 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000 'Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction', by Andreas Önnerfors http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8789 <p><em>Freemasonry: A Very Short Introduction</em>, by Andreas Önnerfors (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), xxix + 139 pp, £7.99, Pbk, ISBN: 978019876275.</p> Diane Clements Copyright (c) 2018 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://ojs3.equinoxpub.com/JRFF/article/view/8789 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0000