Visitation to St. John’s Lodge No. 1 NYC

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Wednesday September 18th
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Attire: Tuxedo or Dark Suit & Tie

Masonic Hall
71 W 23rd Street, New York New York
Ionic Room, 6th Floor
Meeting 7:15 (Arrive by 7:00)
Dinner to Follow $60 Cash
Sagaponack Restaurant on the corner of 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue

Business Meeting
Research paper presentation by a member of the lodge

Master’s Message

I am delighted you have come to visit with us.We are the oldest Lodge in New York State, and one of the oldest in the country. We were founded in 1757, and are currently enjoying 255 years of continual existence. Originally chartered by the Premier Grand Lodge of England, we now give our allegiance to the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons, State of New York. We meet in the beautiful Grand Lodge building at 71 West 23rd Street in central Manhattan (see We are also the owners of the famous Washington Inaugural Bible, upon which the founder of our country took his oath of office as first President of the United States on April 30, 1789, and which has since been used by a number of Presidents, including Harding, Eisenhower, Carter and George Bush Sr. When not in use or touring, it is on display at Federal Hall on Wall Street (

However, we focus on the present and future as well as our past. We are custodians of a long history, and seek to pass this on to future generations. People knock at our doors to become Freemasons, which is to learn how to become a better person, a better citizen, and a better informed individual. Those who come through our portals receive enlightenment through a combination of historic rituals, education and participation in a range of events, both social, charitable and formative. They learn tools to take back into the ‘real world’ to improve their leadership skills, but they also learn about their inner faculties, and their relationship with their inner self, with God and their fellow creatures. In an age of uncertainly and an almost unimaginable rate of change, it is sometimes good to belong to an institution which has endured through the centuries, which offers a little mystery in profane times, and to rest for a moment in the sanctuary which its Lodges provide, and reflect on subject more inspiring than mundane concern, and to contemplate the reason we are here.

Yours sincerely,

Piers A. Vaughan
Worshipful Master 2012 – 2013


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