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The Evolution of the Masonic Apron in America, 1740 to the Present

W.B. Patrick Craddock is a noted expert on Masonic aprons and regalia. He has earned a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Philosophy in history degree and is a contributing author to Encyclopedia of Tennessee History, C.Van West, ed., He is a past curator of exhibits at the Carter House Museum in Franklin, TN. W.B. Craddock was Initiated, Passed, and Raised in O.D.Smith Lodge No. 33, Oxford, Mississippi, and is a Charter Member and Past Master of Conlegium Ritus Austeri No. 779, Nashville. Additionally, he is the owner of The Craftsman’s Apron (www.craftsmansapron.com), manufacturer and provider of one of the highest quality Masonic regalia available today. Brother Craddock will address the Brethren on the subject of the Masonic apron and how it has changed over the last 250 years. The presentation features many images of historic American aprons.



While we refer to this great fraternity as an art and a craft, we should explore the importance of our regalia, and other ephemera. Taking care to ensure the quality of all of the accoutrements of the craft has far reaching effects, both in our pride as members and in our value to the outside world. More than simple dressing to identify membership, these things have deeper motivations and may tell us a great deal about who we are and where we may be going. 

The Civility Mosaic


The Missouri Lodge of Research Fall 2022 Truman Lecture was delivered by MWB Russ Charvonia. MWB Russ Charvonia’s The Civility Mosaic, written with Michael Ashley, is a 21st Century treatise on restoring civility as a matter of our survival. As past Grand Master of Masons in California, Charvonia provides readers with a first-of-its-kind, insider look at Freemasonry and how the practical application of its underlying ethos of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth can help us rise above the world’s bickering and violence to create a more compassionate, more humane, and more civil society. 

Civility, as we see it, isn’t simply about playing nice. It’s about giving people the resources to have rational and productive discussions about hard subjects. It’s also about finding ways to work more productively with all of our brothers and sisters for the greater good of society.

In these dark and turbulent times of discord, The Civility Mosaic urges us not to abdicate our human duty. It’s our hope that it encourages every reader to be the proverbial stone dropped into the placid waters of complacency, allowing our actions to be ripples of change, spreading to far shores.


Check out the January  - March 2023 Newsletter from the Missouri Lodge of Research.

If you missed Fall 2020 Truman Lecture, you can check out James R. Morgan, III book: The Lost Empire: Black Freemasonry in the Old West (1867-1906) and you can now watch the presentation on YouTube.