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Regular Meeting and Installation of 2017 Officers

MMRS Regular Meeting

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle

Cockeysville, MD 21030

 Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (mmrs1979@gmail.comto confirm your attendance

 Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

together with the installation of 2017 officers

“Anti-Masonry in Upstate New York – Why?”

By Chuck Crossett, outgoing President of MMRS

 The disappearance of William Morgan in 1826, know as the Morgan Affair, is widely regarded as the start of the incredible backlash against Freemasonry, which had been very popular and widespread in the still-young United States. Such an event, even a possible murder, cannot explain the breadth and depth of the anti-Masonry movement that resulted. This talk is meant to illustrate upstate New York at the time Morgan decided to publish the Masonic rituals, his sudden departure, and resulting huge membership decline, hundreds of closed lodges, and the loss of Masonic esteem and power. Religious revivals, blue laws, the Erie Canal, Shakers, and the prediction of the end of the world all played a part!

 Chuck Crossett is the 2016 President of MMRS, as well as a member of Freedom Lodge #112, Druid Chapter #28, and the Alexandria Valley Scottish Rite. He is an engineer and historian.

Regular Meeting 05 November 2016

Saturday, November 5th, 2016


Freedom Masonic Lodge #112

2253 Liberty Road Eldersburg, MD 21784

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary ( to confirm your attendance

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

MMRS is pleased to announce that

Stephen J. Ponzillo, III, MWPGM

of the
Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Maryland

presenting a talk on
“The Masonic Life and Contributions of PGM Warren Stitt Seip”

We will meet at Freedom Lodge in Eldersburg, MD with lunch at noon and the Meeting and Presentation to be held at 1pm.

Festive Board – Monday August 1st 7pm

Annual Festive Board

Monday, August 1, 2016
at the
King’s Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Dr., Columbia, MD 21046

Cash Bar – 6:30 P.M.
Dinner – 7 P.M.

$ 45.00 per person for dinner, beverage, and gratuity.

RSVP before July 20th to

Seating is limited, please confirm your attendance via email before sending your check.

Distinguished Presentation

New Light on the Gormogons
by S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., P.P.

The Gormogons suddenly appeared in London newspapers in 1724 as a rival to the Freemasons both in exclusivity and antiquity. It had been thought they disappeared in 1732, but new evidence including a previously unrecognized 1733 London play—show that their reputation persisted until the end of the 18th century.

Bro. Morris is Past President of the Maryland Masonic Research Society, Past Master of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge, current managing editor of The Scottish Rite Journal, and author of numerous books and articles on Freemasonry.

Meeting – Saturday April 23, 2016

MMRS Regular Meeting

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle

Cockeysville, MD 21030

Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (

to confirm your attendance

Meeting and Presentation 1 pm

“Transmission and Freemasonry”
By Eric Serejski

Communication in the context of initiatory societies, or transmission, has rarely been studied. On the other hand, in general pedagogy, the study of communication of knowledge has seen significant developments in the last fifty years, providing models and tools permitting better techniques. The studies that clearly delineate explicit and tacit knowledge and the transmission of those have also seen major advances. In the field of esoteric transmission, within the context of an ancient tradition, of evolving sociocultural values and the disappearance of cultural boundaries, transmitters of knowledge can only benefit to assimilate the exoteric concepts of communication to understand, uphold, enhance and adapt their methodology of transmission.


Eric Serejski is currently Secretary of the Maryland Masonic Research Society.

MMRS meeting – April 23rd Calendar (.ics) file

MMRS announcement 23April2016 pdf file

Meeting March 12, 2016

Regular Meeting

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

at the

Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M of Maryland

304 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Meeting in the basement of the main building

Lunch at 12 noon

$15 payable at the door

Please contact the Secretary (  to confirm your attendance

 Meeting and Presentation 1 pm
Led Zeppelin and Symbolism”

By Inessa Mischenko, P.P.

Led Zeppelin, who bestrode the world of rock like a colossus, have continually grown in popularity and influence since their official winding up in 1980. They exasperated critics and eluded classification, synthesizing blues, rock, folk, rockabilly, funk, classical, country, Indian, and Arabic techniques. They performed the alchemical trick of transmuting base lead into gold — and platinum — and diamond. Let’s take a closer look at the symbolism that was used, and sometimes exploited, by Led Zeppelin.

Inessa Mischenko, P.P., is the WM of Emounah Lodge #34 working under jurisdiction of Women’s Grand Lodge of Belgium, and has been a member of MMRS for 10 years. She currently serves as Chaplain.

Calendar file (.ics) for this Meeting

MMRS announcement (.pdf) 12March2016

MMRS in 2016

This year, the Maryland Masonic Research Society will hold a series of meetings that will emphasize the process of research: how to select a topic and get started, what resources are available, finding sources, and writing a talk or paper.

Four or five times throughout 2016, we plan to have a talk given by either a member or an invited lecturer, as well as spend a short discussion time exploring the mechanics and methods of research. We always have lunch available, and try to meet at lodges around the state.

We also hope to expand the resources provided to our members, including bibliographies on specific topics (where to start reading, essentially), a larger selection of papers and sources, as well as lists of resources available through other groups.

Please consider helping us this year, either by presenting a talk, working with others to write a bibliography, or just by attending a couple of our meetings.

Membership cards have just been sent to those that have paid their dues for 2016. All funds help our efforts to provide these talks and resources, so please be sure to pay your dues as soon as possible.

The winter meeting will be announced soon, once the location is confirmed. I hope to see you there!

Chuck Crossett
President, MMRS

UPDATED: Meeting and elections on Sat. Dec. 5th

There will be a regular meeting of the Maryland Masonic Research Society on Saturday, December 5th.

Our original speaker cancelled, so we have a change in the topic and speaker for this meeting.

Tarot and Freemasonry
by Michael Hughes

“Freemasonry and the Tarot” will explore the fascinating intersection of the Fraternity and the ancient deck of cards known as the Tarot. Originally used in continental Europe for playing games and gambling, a number of influential Freemasons latched onto the richly symbolic 78-card Tarot deck and promoted it as a reservoir of mystical and esoteric wisdom. Brother Hughes will show how the Tarot was transformed by well-known Freemasons, including Eliphas Levi, Kenneth Mackenzie, William Wynn Westcott, and Arthur Edward Waite, from a simple gambling game into a system of divination, spiritual insight, and magic that is utilized today by millions of people around the world.

Michael M. Hughes, current president of MMRS, discovered the Tarot when he received his first set of cards, the James Bond 007 Tarot Deck, at the age of ten. From that time on, he has been fascinated by the rich history and symbolism of the Tarot. He teaches classes and workshops on the history and use of the cards and has been a professional reader for over twenty years. His Tarot blog is:

Our speaker will be Paul J. Rich, 32°, author, and President of Policy Studies Organization (Westphalia Press). Bro. Rich will discuss the topic of women and Masonry, including the institution of dames in pre-18th century lodges.

Our meeting will also include the election of officers for 2016.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Lunch will begin at 12:00pm
Meeting at 1:00pm
Silver Spring Masonic Lodge No. 215 A.F. & A.M.
410 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901

This link is an ics calendar file to add this meeting to your calendar.

August Festive Board


Monday, August 3, 2015

The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
10150 Shaker Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Cash Bar – 6:30 P.M.
Dinner 7 P.M.
$ 45.00 per person for dinner, beverage, and gratuity.
Please send your intent to attend to the Secretary, Inessa Mischenko, by July 25th.
For additional $35 you have a chance to purchase a collectable item – Maryland Masonic Research Society original Masonic Firing Glasses, handmade and engraved in UK.
Please mail your check to the Secretary by July 25th, 2015

Anti-clericalism, Freemasons and the Cristero War
by Brother and Rabbi Ken Cohen

Bro. and Rabbi Ken Cohen is a writer, speaker and pastor. Ken served as Hillel Director at American University in Washington, DC and held pulpits in Cardiff, Wales, Southfield, Michigan and Columbia, Maryland. He was a broadcaster with the BBC. Ken lectures widely and has taught classes on Jewish ethics at the US Capitol.

Ken was ordained by Leo Baeck College in London. He has a Bachelors degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an MA in Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew University and a Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Ken is planning to talk about the dilemma that Masons face – they expected to show loyalty to the government, on one hand, but to resist tyranny on the other. What if the two come into conflict – if the government is a tyranny? The obligation to show loyalty is expressed in terms of obedience to the legislature – not to the sovereign. This might not be happenstance.

The Maryland Masonic Research Society

The Maryland Masonic Research Society (MMRS) was founded in 1979 by Elwood E.Cook and others, with the mission and motto of “Masonic Enlightenment through Research”.

MMRS meets at least four times a year at various locations throughout Maryland to hear and discuss research papers and presentations on philosophy, science, Masonic history, other subjects of interest to our members.

Subjects and papers presented in the last few years included:

  • The Lost Word is a Vibration
  • From the Tao to the Knights Templar, Masonic Principles Are Everywhere
  • A series of short talks on Masonic working tools
  • Alchemical and Rosicrucian Principles and Freemasonry
  • Freemasonry for the 21 st Century
  • “Return of Sacred Architecture: The Golden Ratio” [book in print]
  • “Committed to the Flames” [book in print]
  • The Qabalah
  • Russian Freemasonry and Catherine the Great
  • A scientific review and study: Sacred Geometry: Golden Ratio

Our August meeting each year is a Festive Board. Most of our year’s papers are collected in a volume of Transactions that is distributed to the membership. The Maryland Masonic Research Society is not a Lodge, and while it is hoped that all members will pursue the Craft, membership and officership are open to all who have an interest in Freemasonry. Lodges, libraries, and other organizations may become institutional members. Dues are $25 per year, and there is no application fee.