Inside the secret world of the Freemasons – CBS News

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(CBS News) The Square and Compasses are among the traditional tools of stonemasons. They also form the symbol of a group that has been misunderstood and even maligned for many centuries. This morning, Mo Rocca takes us inside:

It’s the world’s most well-known secret society. Rich with symbols and ritual, it’s the source of legends . . . parodies . . . and conspiracy theories.

Welcome to the world of Freemasonry.

True or false? The Masons are a secret society. “No. That’s false,” said UCLA history professor Margaret Jacob, one of the world’s leading experts on Freemasonry.

True or false? Freemasonry is a religion. No, said Jacob.

True or false? Masons were behind the American Revolution. “False, false, false,” she said.

“Okay, but what about on the dollar bill? The eye and pyramid?” asked Rocca.

“Oh, yeah, the eye, yeah,” said Jacob. “Everybody says it’s Masonic. In fact, it’s commonplace in the 18th century, that particular set of symbols.”

True! Freemasons laid the cornerstone of America — well, at least some of its most iconic structures, like the National Cathedral in Washington and the Statue of Liberty.

via Inside the secret world of the Freemasons – CBS News.

Hezekiah Alexander’s Home Site

This is a copy of the announcement from WB Clayton Wright….

Today a new Masonic website begins its life: http://www.AlexanderHomesite.org

January 20, 2010 Today a new Masonic website begins its life: www.AlexanderHomesite.org Here is that site, to you and the other leaders of North Carolina Masonry. The developing story of this incredible house, built by one of the Masonic founders of Charlotte, has taken many years to come to light.

I invite you to print it out so you can have your own hard copy. It’s just a few pages of text and illustrations. Some of the facts have previously appeared in The Scottish Rite Journal, The North Carolina Mason, National Geographic, the new website TreasuresofNorthCarolinaMasonry.org and in our Charlotte Scottish Rite temple exhibit. This document contains all the discoveries to date.

In the Charlotte hotbed of revolution and Masonry, Hezekiah Alexander made his residence the focus of both—not to mention eleven children. His house was all but forgotten by history and Masonry for two centuries. Now it’s wake-up time! With warm wishes, Walter J. Klein 33