Born and raised in Iowa, Mark graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA with a B.A. in European History in 1986. He received his M.A. in American History and Museum Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA in 1996. For over 20 years he has worked in museums in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Lexington, MA. In 2005, while the curator at the Scottish Rite National Heritage Museum he wrote American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities.
In 2006 he moved to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA. Mark is the Director of Collections and oversees the library, archives and museum. He also writes, speaks and curates exhibits on Freemasonry. In 2011 he published Museum and Memorial: Ten Years of Masonic Writings and with Prof. William D. Moore, Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism.
As a Freemason, Mark was raised in Malta Lodge No. 318, Burlington, IA in 1998. He is a Past Master of Mystic Valley Lodge, Arlington, MA and the Lodge of Nine Muses No. 1776, Washington DC. He is a full member of Quatour Coronati Lodge 2076, London, a member of the Society of Blue Friars, and holds honorary memberships in several American lodges of research. He has received the York Rite degrees and orders and is a 33º in the Scottish Rite (NMJ) of Freemasonry. He is a past president of the Masonic Library and Museum Association, a Fellow and past member of The Masonic Society board of directors current and a member of the Masonic Restoration Foundation's board of directors.
He is currently working on three different George Washington and Freemasonry-related books.
Jordan Yelinek serves the Grand Lodge of California as the Director of Member Services and Lodge Development, helping to form new Lodges and renew existing Lodges across the state. He is a Past Master of Prometheus Lodge in San Francisco, where he currently serves as Secretary.
Dr. Elquemedo Oscar Alleyne is Past Master of Wappingers Lodge No. 671 in New York. Brother Oscar is an internationally respected Masonic speaker having presented over 100 lectures covering multiple areas of interest to over 5000 Freemasons. He has published in several widely distributed Masonic journals, research bodies and academic conferences on Freemasonry and is a member of the board of The Masonic Society.
Patrick Craddock is the proprietor of The Craftsman's Apron in Nashville, Tennessee (www.craftsmansapron.com) providing Freemasons with the highest quality Masonic regalia, gifts, and personal effects available. He received his Master of Arts degree (Middle Tenn. State Univ. '92) and Master of Philosophy (University College of Wales - Aberystwyth '01) in history, is a contributing author to Encyclopedia of Tennessee History, C. Van West, ed., as well as a past-curator of exhibits at the Carter House Museum, Franklin, Tennessee. Initiated, passed and raised in O.D. Smith Lodge, No. 33, Oxford, Mississippi, he was a life member Hiram Lodge No. 7, Franklin, Tennessee and a Past Master of Conlegium Ritus Austeri No. 779 in Nashville (as well as a charter member of same), and an Honorary Member of the Rubicon Masonic Society, Lexington, Kentucky.
Allan L. Casalou is the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of California. He was raised a Master Mason in Merced Lodge No. 749 in 1991. He is a Past Master of Acalanes Fellowship Lodge No. 480 and Prometheus Lodge No. 851. He served the Grand Lodge of California as Grand Chaplain in 2001. Hired as the Executive Director of the Grand Lodge of California in 1999, Allan served as Assistant Grand Secretary for six years and, in 2008, was elected California's eleventh Grand Secretary.
Allan has enjoyed speaking at many conferences and lodges in the United States and abroad. His speaking topics include the initiatic experience, masonic traditions, lodge formation and life cycle, and Freemasonry as it relates to issues such as gender and religion.
Allan has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco.
Thomas W. Jackson, Past Grand Secretary of Pennsylvania, and Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges, is well traveled with a long glowing career in Freemasonry. His international travels are legendary. He holds Honorary Grand Rank in 20 Grand Lodges around the world, including Honorary Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Iran in Exile, and the Grand Lodge of San Marino, and has been invested with 17 medals for his contributions to the Craft. His observations are illustrative of the broad variations in the culture of Freemasonry around the world. In this thought-provoking selection of forty-four essays, he shares his viewpoints on many issues within and without the Masonic fraternity. Jackson is an Honorary Member of the Rubicon Masonic Society, Lexington, Kentucky.
Andrew Hammer is Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, one of the nation's most historic lodges and member of the Executive Committee, George Washington Masonic Memorial Board of Directors, and The Masonic Society. He serves as president of the Masonic Restoration Foundation. He is the author of Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance and regularly speaks to lodges on the theme of excellence in Masonry. Additionally, he is a member of the Philalethes Society and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle and Honorary Member of the Rubicon Masonic Society, Lexington, Kentucky. He is also a member of the Grand Lodges of Ireland, District of Columbia and North Carolina.
Jon T. Ruark is a Past Master and charter member of The Patriot Lodge No. 1957. He is also the current High Priest of Loudoun Chapter #55 Royal Arch Masons, and holds membership in the Scottish Rite, SRICF, and Allied Masonic Degrees. He is the creator and co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a live show and podcast dedicated to Masonic education, and his personal research interests lean toward esoteric and philosophical subjects. Outside of Masonry, Jon has Electrical and Computer Engineering degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's degree in Information Security & Assurance from George Mason University.
Dr. John Bizzack is a member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, in Lexington, KY, and author of several books on Freemasonry including For the Good of the Order: Examining the Shifting Paradigm within Freemasonry, and Island Freemasonry. He is a founding member of the Rubicon Masonic Society, A Fellow and Director of The Masonic Society. Dr. Bizzack speaks nationally on a wide variety of topics regarding Freemasonry.
Worshipful Brother Cameron Poe is Past Master of Lexington Lodge No. 1 in Lexington KY. His year in the East led to significant change in the approach used by Lexington Lodge No. 1 to educate their candidates through each of three degrees, and stimulate further Masonic education for all members, which ultimately led to not only a revitalization and cultural change of his lodge, but an 87% retention and active involvement rate that continues today.
He has since served his Grand Lodge as District Deputy Grand Master, Past Chairman for the Committee on Masonic Education, and the Committee for Collegiate Fraternal Relations. He was also Masonic Homes Ambassador for District 20 from 2011-2014, and currently serves on the Grand Lodge Committee on Credentials, Grand Lodge Representative to California, and the Southeastern Grand Masters Conference Committee for the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Rubicon Masonic Society in Lexington.
Chris Hodapp is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge #643 and of Lodge Vitruvian #767, Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana. He is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society and member of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, the Iowa Research Lodge No. 2, the Scottish Rite Research Society, the Philalethes Society, the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America, and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle. Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington.
Richard A. Graeter is Past Master of Caliburn Lodge No. 785, Cincinnati, Ohio and Active Member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, former Commander-in-Chief of Ohio Consistory, Honorary Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and past Chairman of the Masonic Education and Information Committee of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Graeter's powerful 2012 essay, Reform Freemasonry, is considered by many Masons as one of the most insightful and relevant Masonic writings in recent years. Graeter is an Honorary Member of the Rubicon Masonic Society, Lexington, Kentucky.
Join us at the 2017 Conference of The Masonic Society, September 7-10 in Lexington, Kentucky. Featuring nationally renowned Masonic speakers, panel discussions on Freemasonry, formal festive board, and tours of the Kentucky Horse Park and Henry Clay's Ashland estate.