The Freemasons are attempting to raise awareness of their society and have announced that many of their New Hampshire Temples will be open on Saturday, October 19 from 9 am to 3 pm.  The New Hampshire Patch is reporting that the Masonic Lodges are inviting members of the community to come and learn about their history, teachings and even some of the mysteries of the Freemasonry.

 

The Freemason society has been featured in many films such as “The DaVinci Code” and “National Treasure” among others.  I have to admit even though my father-in-law was a 32nd degree Mason, I never knew much about what that involved or why he was a Mason.  My wife’s family is said to have had members in the society going back many generations.

 

Before Facebook, Instagram and modern technology, the Freemason society seemed to the original “social network.”  I recall my father-in-law would only buy a car from a fellow mason.  Freemasonry in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Patch, began in Portsmouth, in the 1730s with St. John’s Lodge No. 1.  It is one of the longest continuously operating Masonic Lodges in America.  This Saturday is your opportunity to explore and educate yourself of this fascinating society, debunk some myths and also learn how important they were to the founding of the United States of America.