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The Diverse Grand Lodges of FranceWor. Christopher Winston Douglas69Virginia Research Lodge No. 17778/15/2020
An in-depth analysis of two dozen Grand Lodges, Supreme Councils, and other Masonic obediences that have existed in France going back over 300 hundred years. Includes a timeline of how they overlap and interact with each other. This paper was presented during a Zoom meeting and includes PowerPoint slides.
The First American CitizenWor. Michael D. Johnstone12Norfolk Valley Scottish Rite8/16/2018
Wor. Johnstone, Valley Americanism Chairman, presents a history of our most famous Mason and President, George Washington.
Zoroaster and the Symbolism of the 32nd DegreeWor. Christopher Winston DouglasNorfolk Valley Scottish Rite7/19/2018
Details the history and philosophy of Zoroastrianism and how it is an integral part of the 32nd degree. Describes the meanings of many of the symbols depicted in this degree.
Masonry, A Well Spent LifeWor. Christopher Winston Douglas1Norfolk Valley Scottish Rite9/15/2016
Discusses how to plan your Masonic career over the course of several decades.
Rudyard KiplingWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/2/2016
A short biography of Brother Rudyard Kipling, and his most famous Masonic Poem, "The Mother-Lodge".
Social Media and MasonryWor. Christopher Winston Douglas59South Norfolk Lodge No. 3398/2/2016
Describes in detail the various types of social media and how to use them to create an outreach program for a Lodge.
Remember now thy CreatorWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3356/10/2016
An explanation of Ecclesiastes 12, verse 1 through 7, recited by the Chaplain during the Master Mason degree.
Rights of VisitationWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3354/15/2016
This paper was based on numerous conversations with new members, explaining what a Lodge and Grand Lodge are, some of our history, as well as explaining how to visit other Lodges.
Young George Washington and The Lodge at FredericksburgWor. Daniel Wilson Thompson65Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/5/2016
An exploration of two separate but related topics: First, The Lodge at Fredericksburg and second, one of its most famous members, George Washington …... young George Washington.
What is a Research LodgeWor. Christopher Winston Douglas2Ocean View Lodge No. 3352/19/2016
Describes what a Research Lodge is, and how to find more information about attending one.
Faith Hope and CharityWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/11/2015
Discusses the concepts of Faith, Hope, and Charity from the lectures, what the meaning of these terms are, and how we can apply them in our daily lives as men and as Masons.
The Virginia Craftsmen IIWor. Thomas Lee VarnerVirginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/2008
A second paper on the history of the Virginia Craftsmen, a group of Virginia Masons who dressed in Civil War uniforms and conferred Masonic Degrees across the Commonwealth.
Preface to Volume IVRt. Wor. Richard K. ThompsonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/6/2004
Note from the Editor Volume IVWor. G. William MillerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/2/2004
Preface to Volume IIIWor. Kwame AcquaahA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/20/2003
Note from the Editor Volume IIIWor. G. William MillerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/20/2003
Athelstan, First King of All EnglandWor. Daniel J. Thompson36Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/2003
King Athelstan begins the Constitution of Masonry as adopted by the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 1791. This paper will discuss the historical Athelstan, his lasting influence on English history and explore his legendary ties to the Masonic fraternity.
The Virginia CraftsmenWor. Keith A. Hinerman35Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/28/2003
The original paper on the history of the Virginia Craftsmen, a group of Virginia Masons who dressed in Civil War uniforms and conferred Masonic Degrees in Virginia, other states, and other countries. Based on  "Brotherhood in Action!" by Allen E. Roberts.
Are Lodge Meetings Supposed To Be EnjoyableMt. Ex. George B. Yeates34Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/15/2003
A humorous admonition to keep Lodge meetings interesting and enjoyable, and not settle for simply reading the minutes and going home.
William Moseley Brown - The Man and His MasonryRt. Wor. Baldwin G. Locher, Jr.33Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/2002
A brief biography of the many accomplishments of William Moseley Brown, who served as Grand Master, Grand High Priest, and Grand Commander of Virginia; in addition to being active in many other Masonic bodies.
Virginia Lodge HistoriesMt. Wor. William Franklin Perdue32Virginia Research Lodge No. 177710/5/2002
Excerpts from a book commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Virginia about the History of Freemasonry. Provides interesting anecdotes of Masons and Lodges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Masonry the Past, Present, and FutureRt. Wor. Joseph P. Westfall Jr.31Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/22/2002
Discusses the secret societies that populated America at the turn of the last century, how most have disappeared and all that Masonry has to say for itself is that it is still here.
Black FreemasonryRt. Wor. Douglas T. Boynton30Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/9/2002
Explains the history of Prince Hall Masonry, the moral standards demanded by Prince Hall Masons of their members, and concludes with the current recognition of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia.
Masonry in the Federal DistrictMt. Wor. Stewart Wilson MinerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/29/2001
Using the World Wide Web for Conducting Masonic ResearchWor. Paul S. NewhallA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/2001
The Grange Ritual - A Masonic HarvestRt. Wor. Douglas L. Jordan29Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/23/2001
The Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange) is a fraternal organization for farmers established by Oliver Hudson Kelley, a farmer and Mason. This paper explores how the lessons of our Fraternity could be redone using farm implements instead of stonemason tools.
Religious Freedom In Early VirginiaWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001
The Times They Are A ChanginWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001
Fingerprint Based Background Checks to Protect Vulnerable PersonsWor. James LoudermilkA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001
What Does Free MeanWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/16/2000
The Importance of Research LodgesMt. Wor. Richard E. FletcherA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/16/2000
John DoveMt. Ex. Robert Stanley Hughes, Jr.28Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/9/2000
A well-researched biography of the life, work, and Masonic career of one of the most famous Virginia Masons, John Dove. He served as Grand Secretary/Recorder of the Grand Lodge, Grand Royal Arch Chapter, and Grand Commandery.
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - A ReviewWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/2000
The Challenges of Past MastersMt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/2000
George Washington's Masonic CareerMt. Ex. William A. Brown27Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000
A letter from Washington explaining why he became a Mason, his Royal Arch membership, his Honorary Membership, and his appointment as Grand Master AND General Grand Master.
Whither Are We TravelingWor. Nelson King, FPS25Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000
Examines the decline in our Lodges, how we sell Masonry too cheap and offer little to new members, and how this is not a recent problem. Talks about Traditional Observance Lodges in Australia and Canada and asks why they wouldn't work here in America.
Research LodgesWor. John Shroeder26Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000
A brief discussion of the several Research Lodges in Virginia, using Rt. Wor. Paul Bessel's guide to research papers with an explanation of using that guide.
The Murdered Magicians - A ReviewWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/2000
The Seventh SignBro. Sean O’NeillA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/2000
Freemasonry in Winchester During the Civil WarWor. Jeffrey G. Burcham24Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/18/2000
Provides details of how the Civil War affected the activities of Winchester Hiram Lodge, including a visit from a well-known Masonic President, William McKinley. Describes the beautiful Masonic frescoes painted in the lodge room.
The Royal Arch of Zerubbabel and the Royal Arch of SolomonWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/2000
Suggestions About How To Do Interesting and Informative Masonic ResearchRt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/2000
The Middle Chamber and the Ethic of Self ImprovementBro. W. Kirk Crady23Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/11/1999
This paper consists of two things: a report on an experiment in Masonic education undertaken in January 1996 at Widow's Sons' Lodge in Charlottesville, and a rationale for an ethic of self-improvement as revealed in the experience of our second degree.
Masonic Symbols and EmblemsMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1999
The Post Boy Sham Exposure of 1723Wor. S. Brent MorrisA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1999
Hidden Masonic LessonsWor. Samuel L. Cochran22Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/25/1999
What are the lessons taught by the Masonic degrees and how can we apply them to our daily lives?
Century-Ending DilemmasMt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner21Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/25/1999
The author talks about the upcoming Y2K scare and explores several "double-zero" issues he sees in Masonry that need to be addressed.
George Washingtons Masonic CareerMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/31/1999
Masonic Symbolism - Thoughts on Its Philosophical SourceWor. W. Kirk MacNulty20Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/19/1999
An in-depth look at Masonic Tracing Boards and their symbolism, which demonstrates that Freemasonry is a profoundly noble view of humankind, which deserves to be taught once again.
The Forgotten Mother of Our CountryMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1999
The Underground RailroadProf. Edward SmithA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1999
Selected History of Widows Son LodgeRt. Wor. Robert E. Simpson17Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/27/1999
Selections from a new book detailing the 200 year history of the Lodge, including four Grand Masters, interactions with Presidents and Civil War Generals, and community leaders. Also discusses Moon Lodges, of which over 200 Virginia Lodges once were.
Neo-Platonism and the Royal Arch Triple TauWor. W. Kirk MacNultyA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1999
Preserving the Heritage, Building the Future - A Call To ActionMt. Wor. Edmund M. CohenA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/19/1998
Tabernacle, Temple, SelfBro. Joseph P. Gardner16Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/12/1998
A detailed description of the tabernacle, or tent, used by Moses to house the Ark of the Covenant while in the desert; and the rich designs of Solomon's Temple which was built as it's permanent home.
Masonic Symbols, Physical And ConceptualMt. Wor. Edmund M. CohenA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1998
Freemasonry in EnglandMt. Ex. George B. Yeates15Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1998
An explanation of how Freemasonry increased dramatically in England during the 18th and 19th centuries and the attraction it held for the middle class.
Color SymbolismWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1998
Anti-Masonry and our ResponseWor. Wallace Edmund McLeod, Ph.D.14Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/27/1998
Describes in depth the charges leveled against Masonry by various religious organizations and handily refutes them.  Recommends that Brothers should speak out and defend the craft.
Masonic Titles Their Use And MisuseRt. Wor. Chris DainsA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/30/1998
The Rise and Decline of Masonic FlasksWor. Jeffrey G. Burcham13Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1997
A history of Masonic flasks manufactured by glass works and popular in the early 1800s. Also provides details about the Anti-Masonic party and it's possible cause of the decline of their use.
Grand Lodge RecognitionsMt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/13/1997
Regular LodgesMt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/13/1997
OpportunitiesBro. Robert D. Springer10Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/1997
Brother Robert Springer, a career Air Force Officer, recounts the numerous opportunities that Masonry and military service offered him in his life, and calls on all Masons to provide that opportunity to those who should join us.
A Little Bit O'AllenMt. Wor. Richard E. Fletcher9Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/28/1997
Mt. Wor. Fletcher, Past Grand Master of Vermont, recounts selected works from the prolific writer Allen E. Roberts following his untimely death. He speaks of the efforts of the Masonic Information Center to keep Masons informed about our history.
A Lambskin Or White Leather ApronWor. A. J. HughesA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/31/1997
A Memorial Tribute To Allen Earl RobertsMt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich Jefferson8Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/22/1997
A fond tribute to the life and work of Allen E. Roberts, a prolific Masonic author and long time Secretary of Virginia Research Lodge.
Benjamin Franklin - MasonRt. Wor. Clarence E. Whitley7Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/1996
A biography of one of our most famous Masons, Benjamin Franklin, his early years, his service to our country, and his Masonic career.
Regularity, Recognition, and Fraternal RelationsRt. Wor. Mickey AnderA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/7/1996
Masonic Tracing BoardsWor. W. Kirk MacNultyA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1996
Scripted Debate on Classes, Voting, and CatechismBro. Glenn CrossA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/1995
Another Look at the TrestleboardMt. Wor. Ralph L. Haltquist6Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/23/1995
Using the Trestleboard to build Solomon's Temple, to form the Grand Lodge of England, and in our Lodges today. Enumerating the Ancient Landmarks, whether they should be enumerated or still considered Landmarks at all.
Abraham Lincoln and FreemasonryRt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/29/1995
Why There's Confusion Among The WorkmenMt. Wor. John A. Anagnostis5Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/1995
The author compares Northern and Southern English with humorous results, explains the importance of reaching younger Masons and ensuring we bring about necessary change together, and provides several examples of Masons living up to their obligations.
It Came to PassMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/1995
The Mounties and MasonryWor. Nelson King, FPS4Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/25/1995
Wor. King, a Canadian Mason, gives a detailed history of the ties between Masonry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including his lifetime fascination with the RCMP.
Addressing the Membership Crisis in VirginiaMt. Wor. Thomas F. May3Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/10/1994
The Grand Master of Masons in Virginia spoke on the membership crisis we are experiencing and described the twenty three point plan he instituted to address it.
History of Freemasonry and the Development of the 15 Original English Masonic LecturesMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/29/1994
Reflections On A SpotlightWor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1994
Examination of VisitorsWor. Michael PobatA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/1994
Research Into The True Name Of The Grand Lodge Of VirginiaMt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/18/1993
Washington Memorial ExercisesMt. Wor. Norman Hoff, Sr.A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1993
Preface to Volume IIWor. Edwin R. Carpenter Jr.A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/15/1993
Origin of the Regius PoemMt. Wor. Floren QuickA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1993
The Letter GWor. S. Brent MorrisA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1993
Saint John The BaptistWor. Roger W. PeakA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1992
The Cradle Of The American RevolutionAlexandria Scottish RiteA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1992
Masonry And ReligionBro. Thomas E. WeirA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/31/1991
Mozarts Other Masonic OperaDr. Roger M. FirestoneA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/30/1991
The BibleMt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/15/1990
Charles A. Lindbergh - Man, Mason, AmericanDr. Roger M. FirestoneA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/1990
Freemasonry And JudaismRt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/1990
Alpha Lodge No 116Bro. J. Hampton Harley, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/16/1989
The Office Of District Deputy Grand MasterMt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich JeffersonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/1989
The Legend Of Hiram AbiffBro. Jerry MarsengillA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/29/1988
ChangeMt. Wor. Cabell F. CobbsA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/30/1988
Freemasonry Under AttackBro. Robert R. Collins, Jr.75Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/25/1988
This paper concerns itself with the report,"Guidance to Methodists on Freemasonry," presented at the 1985 Methodist Conference in England. The report charges that Masonry is incompatible with Methodism and that Methodists who are Masons or might become one should reconsider.
Preface to Volume IMt. Ex. Richard B. BaldwinA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/14/1988
A preface to the first Volume of Transactions for A. Douglas Smith Lodge of Research No. 1949. This is the first of many documents provided by that Lodge for our archives.
A Concise Study Of Freemasonry In FranceDr. Claude Harrison Harris76A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1988
This paper is an overview of the history of Masonry within the country of France. It lists the major grand bodies that govern French Masons.
George W. Wright PavilionRt. Wor. Robert E. Simpson74Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/26/1988
This paper chronicles the George W. Wright Memorial Tubercular Pavilion at the Blue Ridge Sanatorium in Charlottesville, Virginia. The money raised by Virginia Masons for this act of charity is only exceeded by our Masonic Home.
Applied Masonic ResearchRt. Wor. John P. McIntyre68A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1988
A presentation including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin about the events of the writing of the Constitution in 1787. This presentation was originally presented at Elmer Timberman Lodge #54.
Notes on Royal Arch Masonry in VirginiaWor. E. Robinson Lee73Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/12/1987
This paper is a detailed study of the history and degrees of the Royal Arch Chapter, which in Virginia contains the Cryptic Degrees as well as the degree of the Holy Royal Arch.
The Masonic Witch Hunt of the 1980sBro. Thomas E. Weir60A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1987
A critical review of the THE BROTHERHOOD by Stephen Knight. The author (of the book) is quite critical of Freemasonry and indulges several conspiracy theories not based on fact. The author of the paper addresses these ideas and explains once again how Masonry is NOT a religion.
To Be Or Not to BeMt. Wor. William M. Johnson72Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1987
The author was on the Long Range Planning Committee for the Grand Lodge. His paper asks the question, "To be a Mason, or not to be a Mason?" Are we doing everything we can to make Masonry what it needs to be? If not, then it is for all of us to "Bring the line up to the standard!"
Masonry and the ConstitutionMt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner58A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1987
An analysis of the several Masons who participated in drafting the U.S. Constitution. Examines the political and philosophical influence of the newly formed Grand Lodge of England, and how these Masons did and did not use their Masonic experience in writing this first of it's kind document for the government of a new nation.
The Best of the BestRt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts71Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/28/1987
Rt. Wor. Roberts was the author of the column "Through Masonic Windows" which appeared in two different Masonic publications for a number of years. He was asked to compile a list of his best columns to present as a paper.
What's OnMt. Ex. George B. Yeates70Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1986
This paper researches the origin of the proper noun "On" from Royal Arch ritual and finds a possible answer in ancient Egypt.
Methods Of Historical ResearchJoseph S. Gordon, Ph.D.57A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194911/29/1986
A useful guide for a Mason interested in beginning to write research papers. Explains the fame of mind necessary, and details the various steps of gathering information, creating a bibliography, and developing a writing style for articles.
What Have You Done TodayRt. Wor. Tom Eggleston67Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/13/1986
This paper explores the question, "Does Masonry still have a purpose in today's society?" The answer is a resounding yes, and the follow up question is, "What are you doing, TODAY, to bring that about?"
General And Brother Joshua L ChamberlainBro. Charles W. Plummer56A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/30/1986
A history of Chamberlain’s life as a school teacher, a Mason, a highly decorated Civil War General, and four-time Governor of the state of Maine.
Resolution of Memoriam Alfred Douglas Smith JrMt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich JeffersonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/29/1986
A memoriam in honor of A. Douglas Smith Jr.
The Perfect CubitMt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich Jefferson66Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/14/1986
This paper explores the concept of a "Perfect Cubit" used to build King Solomon's Temple. A cubit is a measurement of a man's arm, and there was no consistent length of a cubit among the different workmen of the Temple. Paper also presented in A. Douglas Smith Lodge that same year.
The Three Great LightsBro. Catlin E. Tyler64Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/1985
This paper offers several symbolic meanings of the Square and Compasses as displayed on the Bible, including exactly how many degrees wide the Compasses are supposed to be and the reason for such.
A Declaration For Masonic ActionBro. Kenneth H. Hooley55A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194911/30/1985
In light of the dramatic loss of membership in Grand Lodges nationwide, a very aggressive proposal of how to take action to correct this loss and return Masonry to its previous prominence in society.
Robert BurnsWor. George D. Stevens63Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/28/1985
The tragically short history of the Poet Laureate of Scotland, Robert Burns. He is perhaps our most famous Masonic poet.
The Masonic Rods and StaffsWor. C. Richard Walk54A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/29/1985
An analysis of rods and staffs in biblical and human history, and a brief program that illustrates how the movement of the Stewards and Deacons form our Masonic symbols.
The State of FreemasonryMt. Wor. Henry G. Law62Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/22/1985
An analysis of the reasons for the decline in membership in the Fraternity, tying it to the austerity of those who lived through the Great Depression and the enormous influx of members following World War II. The author suggests a dramatic increase in dues to resolve the issue and restore our Lodges to their proper state.
Masonic Ritual In VirginiaRt. Wor. Samuel T. Atkinson53A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/30/1985
A thorough study of the origins of Virginia Ritual, from our Mother Grand Lodges through the forming of the Grand Lodge of Virginia to the establishment of the Committee on Work and Grand Lecturers.
Masons' HallMt. Wor. L. Douglas Delano61Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/23/1985
A detailed history of the oldest Masonic building in the United States, Masons' Hall, in Richmond. Originally the home of the first Lodges in Richmond, it is still in continuous use, and is nearly as old as the city of Richmond itself.
The Twofold Nature Of FreemasonryBro. Kenneth H. Hooley52A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/15/1984
The author discusses the exoteric/external, the structure and ritual of our craft; and the esoteric/internal, the hidden meaning behind the ritual and symbolism. He discusses the origins of Freemasonry and our ties to the Rosicrucians.
Freemasonry And The Leaders Of Victorian EnglandMt. Ex. George B. Yeates51A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/29/1984
An explanation of how speculative Masons began to join operative Lodges, and brief biographies of prominent Masons in the English nobility.
George Washington and the Virginia ConventionsMt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPS49Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/22/1984
An analysis of the several conventions to form the Grand Lodge of Virginia and why George Washington was not asked to serve as our first Grand Master.
The First Tool EngineerRt. Wor. George L. Miller50A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/1984
A brief story of the first Tool Engineer and the first Tool Engineering Educator, Tubal Cain.
John CoustosWor. Wallace Edmund McLeod, Ph.D.48Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/23/1984
A detailed history of John Coustos, who was tortured by the Inquisition to obtain Masonic secrets. Information is provided about the many famous Masons in the Lodges he was a member and Master of.
Masonry Within The BeltwayMt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner46Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/24/1984
The author examines the Lodges of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia that are found within the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He highlights their numerous problems and recommends a possible solution.
Advice to a LeaderRt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts47Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/10/1983
An excerpt from an installation by the Grand Master of India, presented as advice to any Masonic leader on how to rule and govern.
Pulling Down IdolsWor. James Royal Case43Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/24/1983
Off-the-cuff comments by the Grand Lecturer of Connecticut on common Masonic folklore reprinted in magazines, such as the number of Masons who signed the Declaration of Independence. Most are factually incorrect.
Ho, Companions!Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner45A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/30/1983
The author examines the problems of Centralization, Legalization, Idolization and Depersonalization that threaten Freemasonry. He suggests the antidote is Fraternalization, if we are strong enough to take it.
Research and the Grand BodiesMt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner42Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/25/1983
An in-depth analysis by a Past Grand Master of the lack of the Grand Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery to utilize research lodges to their full effectiveness and suggestions for improvement of research in general in Virginia Masonry.
Alfred Douglas SmithRt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts44A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/1983
The first paper presented in A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 1949, in honor of the Mason it was named for.
The Jewel - Square or QuadrantMt. Wor. A. Douglas Smith, Jr.39Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/11/1982
Past Grand Master A. Douglas Smith, Jr. elaborates on the legend of the Grand Master's jewel and his effort to disprove the common theory it was crafted for George Washington, when in truth it was made in 1911.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free MasonryWor. Phillip V. Whitley37Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/27/1982
A detailed history of the origins of the Mother Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite and the growth of Scottish Rite Masonry in Virginia.
YORKTOWN 1781 -- 1881 -- 1981Rt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts38Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1981
A study of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, the climactic battle of the Revolutionary War. Also the centennial and bicentennial celebrations and the Grand Lodge's involvement.
Within Our PowerMt. Wor. Dwight L. Smith40Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1980
Brethren, let us address ourselves to ways whereby we, as Freemasons, can help to bring about the dawn of a better day for ourselves, and, in so doing, a better day for all mankind.

That's all very good – but how?
Levi L StevensonWor. Walter M. McCracken41Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/29/1980
A biography of a prolific and active Mason, not only a Grand Master, Grand High Priest, and Grand Generalissimo, but the only Most Illustrious Grand Master of the short-lived Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in Virginia.
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The Battle of WaynesboroShelby L. ChandlerGeorge Washington Lodge of Research No. 17323/2/2015
On March 2, 2015, the Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of Lee Lodge No. 209, AF & AM, hosted the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Waynesboro at Constitution Park in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Freemasonry and the English Civil WarShelby L. ChandlerGeorge Washington Lodge of Research No. 17322/22/2015
Examines the conflict between Masons in England, Scotland, and Ireland at the time the Grand Lodge of England was founded.
Esoteric Symbolism of the Lafayette ApronJohn M. ParrishGeorge Washington Lodge of Research No. 17322/28/2014
The Lafayette Apron, a gift to George Washington, is a custom designed apron with nearly forty Masonic symbols and emblems sewn between the borders of the apron.
Military Lodges of FreemasonryShelby L. ChandlerGeorge Washington Lodge of Research No. 17325/13/2013
Explains the history of Military Lodges and how they express the principles of Masons meeting on the level.
Washington - Early EA or Fortunate FreemasonShelby L. ChandlerGeorge Washington Lodge of Research No. 173211/4/2012
Explores how George Washington, who was not a "Lewis", was allowed to receive his EA degree before the age of 21.