Tentative Program
(Presentations and Presenters Subject to Change)

Opening and Welcome:

  • James R. Dillman, President, The Masonic Society
  • William A. Reiners, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Indiana

Presentations Sponsored by The Masonic Society

Friday – Masonic Research

Friday morning keynote address:

  • David Hackett, PhD
    (Author of: That Religion in Which All Men Agree: Freemasonry in American Culture)
    – Topic related to accessing academic research by the non-academic

Friday morning, TMS session 1: “Masonic Research – re dux”

Chair: José Dìaz, Ph.D., Ohio State University

  • Presenters: José Dìaz, Ph.D. and Michael Halleran, PGM GLKS (Topic Pending)

Friday afternoon, TMS session 2: “Accessing and Using Research Tools”

Chair: Greg Knott, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)

  • Cherie’ Weibel, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) – “How to Obtain Original Source Materials”
  • JoAnn Jacoby, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) – “How to Use an Academic Library”
  • Shawn Eyer, George Washington Masonic National Memorial – “Critical Reading in Masonic Literature”

Saturday, Writing and Editing

Saturday morning, TMS session 3: “Communicating your research”

Chair: Andrew Hammer, Grand Lodge of Virginia

  • Michael D. Clevenger, GLOH – “Presentation Tools and Styles”
  • Michael Poll, GLLA – “On Demand Printing”
  • Todd Creason, GLIL – “Masonic Blogging: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
  • Andrew Hammer, GLVA – “Publishing Options and Opportunities”

Saturday afternoon, TMS session 4: “QP Masonic Style Guide Review”

Chair: Kenneth W. Davis, Ph.D., Grand Lodge of New Mexico

  • Kenneth Davis, Ph.D. and Brent Morris, Ph.D. – Work on a consistent style guide for US Masonic publishers, editors, and writers began at the first Quarry Project conference, in 2013. Since then, through the efforts of many contributors, the first edition of the Quarry Project Style Guide has been published

This session will cover the guide’s purpose, development, content, use, adoptions, and supplements.

Saturday afternoon, roundtable:

  • A discussion related to editing and public relations
    Tentative Panel: Michael Halleran, Shawn Eyer, Brent Morris, John Palmer).
    To be coordinated and lead by the Masonic Information Center of MSANA.

Saturday evening, banquet:

  • John Bizzack, Ph.D.
    (Author of: Discovering Freemasonry in Context: The Laboratory of Moral Science)
    Working Title: “The Perils and Consequences Associated with Poor Research Practices”

Presentations Sponsored by the Masonic Library and Museum Association

Chairs – Adam Kendall, Aimee Newell, PhD, Brian Rountree

Sunday morning keynote address:

  • Helge Bjørn Horrisland – A topic concerning recovering Masonic history

Friday afternoon, roundtable:

  • A discussion concerning the procurement and use of interns
    Presenters to be announced
    (Order of presentations to be determined)

Museum Presentations

1.       Using Your Collection:
a.       Using Your Collections in Exhibitions
Hilary Anderson Stelling, Director of Exhibitions and Audience Development,
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, MA
b.      Creating Accessible Collections: Digital Tools for Connecting Audiences to Your Objects
Ymelda Rivera Laxton, Assistant Curator,
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, MA
c.       Starting from the Ground Up: Grand Lodge of New Jersey Museum of Masonic Culture – A Case Study
Glenn T. Visscher, Ph.D, Chairman, Museum & Library Committee,
Grand Lodge of New Jersey

2.       Marking and Photographing Your Collection:
a.       How do I put a number on THAT?: A Demonstration of Object Numbering Techniques
Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D, Director of Collections,
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, MA
b.      Photographing your collection – Title and Presenter information pending

3. Museums: “Collections, Plans, and Policies – Heather Calloway, PhD, Chair

4. Fraternal Collections Policies – Mark Tabbert, George Washington Masonic National Memorial

5. Grand Lodge of California Collections Policies – Adam Kendall, Director, Henry Coil Museum (GLCA)

Library Presentations

1. Library Collection Development – Presenter to be determined

2. Cataloging Your Collection – Presenter to be determined

Presentations Sponsored by the Masonic Information Center (MSANA)

Chair, George Braatz, Director, MSANA

Saturday morning keynote address:

  • Scott Monty, former Ford Motor Company executive
    Topic to be determined

Friday, September 18 – Session #1:

  • Moderator – George O. Braatz

    Professional Look at Non-Profit Communications from Outside

    A speaker/program from the Indianapolis area (working on former TV anchor)

    Panel of Editors from Masonic publications of National Scope:
    – Scottish Rite Journal – S. Brent Morris
    – Northern Light – Alan E. Foulds
    – Knight Templar Magazine – John L. Palmer
    – Masonic Service Association – George O. Braatz
    – Philalethes – Shawn Eyer
    – Masonic Society Journal – Michael Halleran
    – Royal Arch Mason – James H. Hodge (?)

Friday, September 18 – Session #2:

  • Moderator – Thomas Foster

    Public Relations and Marketing for Masonic Groups

    Presentation by: Amy Ritzel, Corporate Director of Public Relations for Shrine

    Advertising/Media Campaigns by Masonic Groups

    Presentations by (or a panel of):
    – Grand Lodge of Massachusetts – Robert Huke
    – Grand Lodge of Michigan – Robert Conley, PGM, Grand Secretary
    – Grand Lodge of Maryland – Thomas Foster
    – Grand Lodge of California – Emily Limon, Director of Communications

Saturday, September 19 – Session #3:

  • Social Media
    Attracting New Members through social media
    Presentations by:
    – General Definition
    – Rocky Mountain Conference of Grand Masters Social Media Policy
    – Issues involved in misuse of social media by Grand Lodge of Utah
    – Program in Utah and Virginia
    – Program in Michigan

Saturday, September 20 – Session #4:

  • Masonic Philanthropy and Use of Promotional Media
    Presentations by:
    – Grand Lodge of Minnesota
    – Grand Lodge of Oklahoma
    – Implementation at Local Lodge Level