Iowa Freemasonry is a personal journal of a Freemason in central Iowa. This blog documents my Masonic research interests, experiences, and reflections. Welcome!

Friday, July 23, 2010


Here's a link to two short video clips on Freemasonry and American History. The speaker is the former Governor of Wisconsin, Lee Sherman Dreyfus. Credit goes to the Grand Lodge of Indiana Free and Accepted Masons for sponsoring the website.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Polk City Four Seasons Festival starts Friday!

Polk City's annual Four Seasons Festival starts Friday, July 23 and runs through Saturday night. Live music, food booths, a parade, and even the crowning of a Queen will be featured. Operative Lodge #308 will host an Open House on Saturday after the parade. Stop by and say hello!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Freemasonry and British Imperialism

The most recent book I'm reading is Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism 1717-1927 by Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs. Pietre-Stones has a brief review here.

This summer I'm enrolled in an on-line class about India. I came across a reference to this book and I thought it might relate to what I'm studying for my class. I'm enjoying the book quite a bit. The author argues that Freemasonry aided Britain's empire building in part due to its emphasis on universal brotherhood. She does an excellent job supporting her claims with references to primary source documents. In the book's opening few pages she thanks numerous people including the librarian at the Iowa Masonic Library, Bill Krueger.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

back on...sort of

I'm back on-line. This time around, I'll be writing about my experiences in Freemasonry with some gardening thrown in.

I plan to use this blog as an on-line diary of what I'm reading, growing in the garden, and as a link placeholder.