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Introduction
A great deal of misinformation exists regarding the nature and history of Freemasonry as well as our work within our lodges and in our communities.  The purpose of this web site is to introduce Evans Lodge in particular, Masonry in general, and to reveal the degree to which Masonry offers valuable and practical wisdom as guidelines in a man’s life and consequently contributes to the well-being of both individual men and the societies in which they live.

If, after reading this short section, you feel that you would like to further investigate Masonry or you find that this is an organization with which you would like to be associated, you are encouraged to contact any Mason whom you know regarding questions or a petition for membership. If you do not know anyone who is a Mason you may contact Evans Lodge directly. They will be happy to help you or connect you with the proper person.

We hope you find this page informational and enlightning. Enjoy!

What is Masonry?
Square-Compass Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world.  No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Most probably, it arose from the professional guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages.  Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land.

In 1717 four lodges in England met to create a formal organization, the first Grand Lodge. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area.  In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state and the District of Columbia.  In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province.  Local assemblies of Masons are called lodges.  There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several.  There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.

Many believe that the practical lessons and notions of equality, tolerance and freedom taught and applied in Masonic lodges for centuries may well have been the source of inspiration in the foundation of the United States of America. And many other nations have followed in those benevolent footsteps.

What is a Lodge
The word "lodge" is a reference to both, a group of Masons meeting in some place and the room or building in which they meet.  Masonic buildings are also sometimes called "temples" because much of the symbolism Masonry uses to teach its lessons is derived from the building of King Solomon's Temple in the Holy Land. Masonry however, considers its goal to be the building of the spiritual temple of each man. The term "lodge" itself originates with the temporary structures which the stonemasons built against the sides of the cathedrals during construction.  In winter, when construction came to a stop, they lived in those lodges and worked at carving stone and educating one another.  While there is some variation in detail from state to state and country to country, lodge rooms today are designed and furnished very much as you see in the image on the right.

If you've ever watched C-SPAN's coverage of the House of Commons in London, you'll notice that the layout is about the same.  Since Masonry came to America from England, we still use the English floor plan and English titles for the officers.  The Worshipful Master of the lodge sits in the East and presides over meetings. "Worshipful" is an English term of respect which means the same thing as "Honorable." He is called the Master of the lodge for the same reason that the leader of an orchestra is called the "Concert Master." It's simply an older term for "Leader." In other organizations, he would be called "President." The Senior and Junior Wardens are the First and Second Vice-Presidents. The Deacons are messengers, and the Stewards have charge of refreshments.

Every lodge maintains an altar at its center which bears a "Volume of the Sacred Law." In the United States and Canada, that is almost always a Bible, but may include a multitude of books representing the several religions of men present.
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I Want More Information
We will be happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss masonry in greater depth. We invite you to contact us via email or to come visit us and have dinner with us the days we meet. Our calendar provides the monthly dates and times we meet. We encourage you to come and discover the oldest and greatest fraternity mankind has ever had!


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