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Cultural Anthropology Research Paper
Posted: 21 June 2011 01:49 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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My daughter is a student at Leslie University and took a Cultural Anthropology course last semester. She had to do a research paper on an American “Subculture” and chose to write about Freemasonry. She interviewed people, attended a Table Lodge (Ladies at the Table) and did a lot of research at Grand Lodge. Here is a link to the paper at the Ancient York web site (posted with permission of the admins and my daughter):

http://ancientyorklodge.org/Ethnography_paper.html

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Posted: 22 June 2011 09:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Great stuff.  Thanks for posting this, brother.  This paper is good evidence that one does not have to be a Mason to research the fraternity and get true answers.

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Posted: 22 June 2011 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Good point Dan.  This paper was very interesting to read and included some great pictures of the Grand Lodge of Boston.  Well done!

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Posted: 22 June 2011 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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The paper was excellent! I think papers like that could go a long way in reducing the stereotypes often associated with Masonry.

/My BA was in Anthro., btw.

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Posted: 22 June 2011 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Thanks Brothers, I’ll make sure my daughter sees this :)

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John Ruggiero, 32°
Past Master, Ancient York Lodge, Lowell, MA.

God never sends us anything we can’t handle. Sometimes I wish He didn’t trust me so much. - Mother Teresa

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Posted: 22 June 2011 11:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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An excellent paper indeed. Thank you Brother John for bringing that to the Forum, and thank your daughter for all her hard work.

I would also like to thank Windrider for first contacting our moderators before just posting a link. That’s the kind of Masonic collaboration that goes a long way in our Fraternity.

And finally, for those who want to learn more about our Fraternity and/or are looking to join, I think the paper goes to show that if someone really wants to find out about Freemasonry, all it takes is a little research (or in this young lady’s case, a LOT of research). And you don’t need a “connection” to do this first hand research either. Most Grand Lodges have an information officer of some type who is always willing to help non masons get the information they need.

Thanks again,

Bob Heruska
Forum Administrator.

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Posted: 22 June 2011 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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I’m glad the paper is being as well received by my brothers as it was by my daughter’s class. She was the first student to present a paper to the class. She tells me there were so many questions that she was forced to exceed her time allotment for the presentation.

She worked hard on the paper and (warning, parental pride) is once again on the Dean’s List.

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