Our members include men from a wide range of backgrounds and traditions, but each of them shares a commitment to this important principle - the Brotherhood of Man. Freemasonry recognizes the stong bond which unites all people.
Masons provide relief to help those who are in need. We promise not only to assist our brother Masons in times of need but to practice charity toward all men. No person in need is turned away and we ask nothing in return.
As Masons, we are committed to being honest and truthful with other people. Freemasonry teaches a man to be faithful to his responsibilities, his neighbors, and himself and family. The pursuit of knowledge is at the very heart of our purpose.
In the Middle Ages, the term “freemason” was awarded to highly skilled stonemasons who were hired as free agents to build castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland. Because of the inherent danger of their work, stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to manage construction and to take care of sick and injured members as well as the widows and orphans of those who were killed on the job. Eventually, men who were not skilled stonemasons wanted to join the group for the many advantages it offered. These men were known as accepted masons rather than operative masons. This is how the group began to shift from a craft guild to a fraternity. The first Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the English tradition was established in 1717 in London. In 1718, English Freemasonry spread to France and Spain, and after 1729, to India, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. English Freemasonry spread to other parts of Europe and eventually made its way to the American colonies. In 1733, the first American lodge was established in Boston, under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. The United States now has grand lodges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.