Freemasonry was ubiquitous in the United States between 1865 and 1930. Because of the centrality of Solomon’s temple to the Masonic ritual, members represented it repeatedly in paintings, decorative arts, and architecture. Through analysis of works ranging from lithographs to mausoleums and from circus performances to church windows this lecture examines how Masonic conceptions of the temple permeated the nation during this period.
Don’t miss your chance to see and hear about the detailed craftsmanship in this Kansas City landmark. Limited tour tickets available.
William Moore is an Associate Professor of American Material Culture at Boston University where he also serves as Director of the American & New England Studies Program and teaches in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Boston University and is currently first vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the premier national scholarly organization for the study of ordinary buildings and landscapes. He is the author of Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture and Masculine Archetypes. An American Studies scholar with fields of research including public history, American folk art, and the history of surfing, he is currently working on a manuscript examining the national fascination with the Shakers in the years between 1925 and 1965.
March 30, 2017
4:30p – 5:30p – Tour #1
5:00p – 6:00p – Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres
6:00p – 7:00p – Lecture
7:15p – 8:15p – Tour #2
Lecture + 4:30pm Tour – $15.00
Lecture + 7:15pm Tour – $15.00
Lecture Only – $10.00
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