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What's New - June 8, 2007

 
The Temple That Never Sleeps:
Freemasons and E-Masonry Toward a New Paradigm

by Josh Heller and Gerald Reilly
Softcover $16.95
Also available at www.amazon.com  (books)
The two authors, American and UK Masons, present a radical view of Freemasonry for both today and tomorrow. In addition to their ideas are those of numerous Internet Masons (E-Masons) from around the world who, . . . have provided stunning personal insight into the viability of the Craft in the Internet Age.
This book will challenge your understanding of Freemasonry today and how it might transform for future generations.
 
Google Books – Search Engine
which gives 3820 hits for “Freemasonry” . . . some (1379) with full text, some with limited text available.
For the search term “Freemasons” there are 3600 hits.
 
One such book available from Google Books, which may be downloaded is:
The New Free-mason's Monitor, Or, Masonic Guide: Or, Masonic Guide. For the Direction of Members ... By James Hardie, 1818
 
Novus Ordo Saeculorum (NOS) – Internet Forum, a bit strange but lively discussion
 
PhoenixMasonry
There active website continues to uploaded new listings, which are clearly identified on their Home Page.
One recently uploaded is the complete text, in four volumes, of Denslow’s “10,000 Famous Freemasons.”
 
Editing Copy & Paste or Downloads
 
Regarding the above noted book, if downloaded these four volumes consist of 2,366 pages of text! There are ways to download such information so that it is considerably more user friendly, for example in the present case:
 
1. Click on Volume I and you will arrive at the URL http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/10,000_famous_freemasons/Volume_1_A_to_D.htm
2. On the explorer toolbar, go to ‘Edit’ and click on ‘Select All.’ All of the text & graphics will turn Blue.
3. On your keyboard, depress the Control Key and then the “C” (CTRL C) simultaneously. This will Copy the text selected.
4. Open a New Blank Document in MS Word and depress the Control Key and then the “V” key (CTRL V) simultaneously. This will Paste the selected text into the New Blank Document. If you look at the resultant Paste, you will have about 565 pages of text and graphics.
5. For your new loooonnnng MS Word document, go to Edit and select the ‘Select All’ option. All of your text will reverse image to white text on a black ground.
6. While all of document is thus reversed, select ‘Arial’ for your Font, and then 8 points for the Font Size.
7. At this point your new document will be considerably shorter, but the paragraph spacing will have a lot of extra spacing. To adjust this, go to ‘Format’ and click on ‘Paragraph.’ Under spacing, set ‘Before’ and ‘After’ to zero (0) and Line Spacing to ‘Single.’
8. If there are pictures or graphics in the document, they too may be edited for size, placement and ‘cropping’.
a. To edit a picture or graphic, click on it and you will see a box form around it with little boxes in the corners and on the middle of the top, bottom and sides. If you place your mouse over, for instance, the lower right corner of the moused picture of graphic, a double arrow will appear.
b. You may then depress the left mouse key and drag the cursor in toward the center of the picture or outward, and the size of it will get smaller or larger accordingly. Also, while the picture is ‘moused’ you may change the position of it on the page by Aligning it Left, Center or Right, from the toolbar.
c. If you wish to do more advance editing of the picture, click on it and go to Format and click on Picture. If you have not clicked on the picture, the Picture option will not function under the Format tab. When the Picture window opens you will see a heading which reads, ‘Crop From’. If there are portions of the picture you would like to eliminate or edit, you may Crop your picture from the Top, Bottom, Left or Right to suit your needs or tastes, getting rid of extraneous material, ragged borders, &c.
d. If you wish to Imbed or Mortise you picture into the text of you document, you may, from the same Format/Picture window, to the ‘Layout’ tab. You must have ‘moused’ your picture for this to function. Under Layout, you will see ‘Wrapping Style;’ I normally click on ‘Square,’ around which you will see a blue square appear when you click on it . . . then I click on the Advanced button. From there click on the Text Wrapping tab. At the bottom of the new window you will see ‘Distance from Text.’ If you wish to mortise your picture on the left side of your page, set the left distance at zero (0) and the right distance at 0.1”. You may then click on your picture and Drag it to wherever you wish it to appear along the left margin of your page.
Conversely, If you set the left distance at 0.1” and the right distance at zero (0), you may click on the picture and Drag it to wherever you wish along the right margin of your page.
There are many other options and distances that you may use, but the above ones will get you started. When put into text, all of these editing procedures may appear daunting, but once learned they may be quickly and affectively.
 
If you are going to upload your text or pictures to the internet, you may wish to place the pictures in Tables, which a matter for discussion apart from the present one.
 
This will reduce the 565 pages to about 179 pages with a few minor adjustments to the headings and graphic, so that the first page, with the resized and mortised picture of the cover, will look something like:
 
10,000 Famous Freemasons
by William R. Denslow
Volume I - A- D
 
Foreword by Harry S. Truman, PGM, Past Master, Missouri Lodge of Research
Published by Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Co., Inc., Richmond, Virginia
Copyright, I957, William R. Denslow
 
Reduced 70%, from 565 to 179 pages.
All four volumes reduced from 2366 pages to 738 pages total.
 
 
There are many other ways to experiment with various settings, but the ones given above outline the basics from which you may vary as you see fit. With very little practice you will be able to quickly format documents in many different ways.
 
The Books of
Benson J. Lossing
These books, while perhaps not considered ‘Masonic’ are well written for reference purposes
and contained a very large number of excellent engravings.
From a research standpoint, there are a considerable number of Freemasons represented within the pages of these books,
where there may be found an account, with links, of the
SURRENDER OF BRITISH STANDARDS AT YORKTOWN
and a very fine engraving of the same.
These standards were surrendered to Bro. Robert Wilson, first Secretary of Military Lodge No. 93, Manlius, New York.
A more complete account of this may be found on the OMDHS website at:
 
Lossing - Field Book of the Revolution, Volume I
 
Lossing - Field Book of the Revolution, Volume II
 
Lossing - Field Book of the War of 1812
 
Lossing – The Hudson from the Wilderness to the Sea
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The Life of Brother Joseph Brandt
by Colonel William L. Stone. Volumes I and II
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1843.
 
Joseph Brant
 
 
 
also by Colonel William L. Stone
The Life and Times of Brother Sir William Johnson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Masonic Library & Museum Association - MLMA
An International Organization of Librarians, Archivists, Curators, & Directors
 
 
 
E-Book Library
(In alphabetical order by Title)
10,000 Famous Freemasons by William R. Denslow  - Volume 1 "A-D"; Volume 2 "E-J"; Volume 3 "K-P"; Volume 4 "Q-Z"
The Arcane Schools - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7
The Craftsman, and Freemason's Guide by Cornelius Moore
Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the World - Volume I - Volume II - Volume III - Volume IV - Volume V - Volume VI
History of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons by Henry Stillman and William Hughan 1906 
History of Freemasonry by Albert G. Mackey, M.D. 33rd Degree - Volume 1;     Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4Volume 5Volume 6Volume 7
The History of Freemasonry by J.W.S. Mitchell
The Lights and Shadows of Freemasonry by Robert Morris
The Masonic Ladder by John Sherer
The Masonic Manual
Opinions on Speculative Freemasonry
The Collected "Prestonian Lectures"   Volume 1 1925-1960Volume 2 1961-1974Volume 3 1975-1987
Richardson’s Monitor of Freemasonry
Tales of Masonic Life
The Theocratic Philosophy of Freemasonry by George Oliver
The Virginia Text Book by John Dove
Washington and his Masonic Compeers by Sidney Hayden
 
 
 
Quatuor Coronati Research Lodge No. 2076
The Premier Research Lodge. Membership information or . . . now have their Transactions available on .pdf CDs.
Currently available on CD-ROM in searchable PDF format:
Volumes Available: AQCs 1-40, 42, 44-46, 48, 49, 51, 53, 55, 56, 58-117
Now Available: Quatuor Coronatorum Antigrapha (QCA) Vols 10, 11, 12
Each CD comes with a current Adobe Reader installation folder, rules for the Norman B. Spencer Prize Essay, a letter from the Editor and a Style Guide for submissions to AQC. The Index CD contains a combined Index from AQC 1 to 109 and individual indexes for 110 to 117 in searchable PDF format. It also contains an Article Register of all papers in AQC together with authors' names, dates and the relevant volume & page numbers.
 
Rosslyn Templars
Masonic Articles – An interesting assortment of articles. Be sure to surf the rest of the website for more interesting items.
 
About the Society 
Since 1991, the Scottish Rite Research Society (SRRS) has become one of the most dynamic forces in Masonic research today, pursuing a publication program emphasizing quality—both in content and physical form. While it has its administrative offices at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., it is open to all. We encourage anyone interested in deepening his or her understanding of Freemasonry to become a member and make the SRRS your research society.
Heredom is the flagship publication of the Scottish Rite Research Society and has been sent annually to members since 1992. It is a collection of the finest essays on contemporary and historical Freemasonry emphasizing the Scottish Rite.
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If you have a favorite link to a Masonic URL, related information, or wish to contribute a paper or thought to the pages of OMDHS,
drop an email to boazz@twcny.rr.com
 
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Again, enough of
 
What’s New
 
for the moment . . . places to go and things to do, but check back for additions in the near future.
 
Fraternally yours
OMDHS