2013 Schedule and Handouts

(Please note: odd and even sessions run concurrently)


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Friday, September 27

9:00 AM–10:00 AM General Session–Keynote

Susan Mitchell Sommers, Ph.D., Professor, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania–“So, You Want to Do History?” (presentation & resources)


10:20 AM–12:00 PM

Session 1–Libraries: “Collection Policies”

Brian Rountree, MLIS, GLMB, chair
• Tom Savini, GLNY–Collections Policy, Grand Lodge of New York (presentation)
• Bill Kreuger, GLIA–Collections Policy, Grand Lodge of Iowa (presentation)
• Jeff Croteau, MLS, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library–“Why Saying No Is As Important As Saying Yes: Delicate Issues in Collection Development Gifts” (presentation) (notes) (bibliography)


Session 2–Writing and Editing: “Writing Plainly”

Kenneth W. Davis, Ph.D., GLNM, chair
• Annetta Cheek, Ph.D.–“Using Plain Language in Academic Writing: A Workshop” (presentation)


12:00 PM–1:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM–2:40 PM

Session 3–Museums: “Collections, Plans, and Policies”

Mark A. Tabbert, GWMNMA, chair
• Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D.–&#8220Fraternal Collections Policies” (General) (presentation)
• Adam Kendall, GLCA–“Grand Lodge of California Collection Policies” (State) (presentation)
• Heather Calloway, Scottish Rite House of the Temple–“Scottish Rite Masonic Collections Policies” (Organizational) (presentation) (notes)


Session 4–Research: “Basics”

Jose Diaz, Ph.D., Ohio State University, chair (presentation)
• Jose Diaz, Ph.D and Michael Halleran, GLKS–“Rite is Wrong: Historical Research, Writing, and Getting Published in Freemasonry” (presentation)


3:00 PM–4:40 PM

General Session–“Library and Museum Success Stories: A Panel Discussion”

Adam Kendall, GLCA, moderator
• Mark A. Tabbert, GWMNMA–Museum (presentation)
• Michael D. Brumback, PGM, GLIN–Museum (presentation)
• Tim Winkle, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22–Library (presentation)




9:00 AM–10:00 AM General Session–Keynote

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library–“What Can Masonic Objects Tell Us That Documents Don’t?”


10:20 AM–12:00 PM

Session 5–Museums: “Artifact Inventory and Cataloguing”

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., chair
• Adam Kendall, GLCA–“Inventorying Collections: A Primer”
• Bill Kreuger, GLIA–“Cataloguing Objects: A Primer” (presentation)
• Todd Johnstone, GLWA–“Digitizing Photographs for Online Use” (presentation)


Session 6–Research: “Avoiding Pitfalls in Masonic Research”

Shawn Eyer, GWMNMA, chair
• Shawn Eyer, GWMNMA–“Masonic Historiography and Cultural Analysis: Avoiding the Extremes of Minimalism and Eisegesis”
• Susan Mitchell Sommers, Ph. D.–“Sympathetic Skepticism — Keeping at a Scholarly Remove” (presentation) (resources)


12:00 PM–1:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM–2:40 PM

Session 7–Libraries: “Cataloging and Basic Care of Books and Archives”

Tom Savini, GLNY, chair
• Glenys Waldman, Ph.D., GLPA,–“Basic Book Preparation and Preservation” (presentation)
• Brian Rountree, MLIS, GLMB–“Cataloguing Masonic Libraries” (presentation)
• Albert Martin, GLGA–“Basic Care and Organizing Masonic Archives” (presentation)


Session 8–Writing and Editing: “Following Rules: Adopting and Observing a Style Guide”

Kenneth W. Davis, Ph.D., GLNM, chair
• Kenneth Davis, Ph.D.–“Presentation and Review of Various Academic and Masonic Style Guides: Pros and Cons”
• Kenneth Davis, Ph.D.–“Developing a Useful Masonic Style Guide: A Workshop” (presentation)


3:00 PM–4:40 PM

General Session–Publishing Success Stories: A Panel Discussion

John Palmer, PGM, GLTN, editor, Knight Templar Magazine, moderator
• Sanford Holst, author, Sworn in Secret: Freemasonry and the Knights Templar
• Rich VanDoren, Ph.D., author, various articles for periodicals and the internet
• Michael Halleran, GLKS, author, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War
• Andrew Hammer, GLVA, author, Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance


6:00 PM–9:00 PM Gala Banquet

After-dinner speaker: Christopher L. Hodapp, GLIN, author, editor, and film producer–“Dan Brown and the Future of the Craft”




9:00 AM–10:00 AM

General Session–Exhibitions

Hilary Anderson Stelling, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library–“Exhibiting Masonic History” (presentation)


10:10 AM–11:10 AM

General Session–“Ideas and Prospects for Future Quarry Project Conferences: A Panel Discussion”

Adam Kendall, GLCA, President, Masonic Library and Museum Association, and
Bo Cline, PGM, GLAK, President, The Masonic Society, moderators


11:20 AM–12:00 PM Conference Close

S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., editor, Scottish Rite Journal–“Masonic Meta-analysis vs. Original Masonic Research” (presentation)



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