A new spring season of Online talks for 2021. As always, these talks will be in the evening and completely free.
27 APRIL: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: LETTERS FROM SEGREGATED AMERICA
The season begins with the MCF Librarian, Martin Cherry as he recounts the inspiring story of Frederic Monroe, a black Prince Hall freemason in the USA who struck up a relationship with Martin’s predecessor at Freemasons’ Hall, Henry Sadler, at the very start of the 20th century.
11 MAY: JOHN THE PLANTER: THE FIRST NOBLE GRAND MASTER
You may not be familiar with the Duke of Montagu. In 1723 he appeared on the frontispiece of the book of Constitutions (see top of this email). Almost forgotten by history, the MCF Curator Mark Dennis will introduce the life of a forward-thinking man at the centre of freemasonry and Royal courts.
25 MAY: BARTHOLOMEW RUSPINI: INTRODUCING THE GENEROUS DENTIST
His legacy continues today in the Masonic Charitable Foundation. He revolutionised professional dentistry. To coincide with the MCF upcoming Library exhibition Generous Dentist: Bartholomew Ruspini, curated by their Archivist Susan Snell, she will also present this talk on the enthralling works of one of the 18th century’s most engaging characters.
8 JUNE: ILLUSTRATING FREEMASONRY: THE FRONTISPIECES OF THE BOOKS OF CONSTITUTIONS
Finally, the last talk of the season will see the MCF Librarian, Martin return to present an illuminating talk on what the frontispieces to the freemasons’ rulebooks were trying to say. In a period when rival Grand Lodges were publishing these symbolic images, Martin will attempt to decipher their hidden meanings.