Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ben Franklin wanted you to read this..

The first edition of the first Masonic book published 
in America was printed by Brother Benjamin Franklin 
in Philadelphia in 1734. 

It was a reprint of Brother James Anderson's work, 
known as "Anderson's Constitutions," 
printed by William Hunter in London,
which was published in 1723 
under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. 

It was entitled:

"The Constitutions of the Freemasons". 

It contains the History, Charges and Regulations 
of the Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity.

The Master's and Warden's Songs are published within it's pages. 
Worth the read alone.

The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA has an original copy of the book.  
The museum is owned by the Scottish Rite Northern Jurisdiction.
If you have never been there, you need to go.
They have a great museum and great programs year round.

The entire book can be downloaded for free 
from the Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Here is the link:

They have a paperback version you can purchase for $15 off of their site too.

We thank them for their work on this important historical document and 
appreciate them making it electronically available online.

- Masonic Almanac Editor