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Manitoba Organization: Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (AF & AM)

Freemasonry is the oldest, and estimated to be one of the largest male fraternal organizations in the world. Freemasonry is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Freemason, or Mason, is taught to be a good citizen of good character, to care for those less fortunate, and to give back to his community. Freemasonry traces its roots to the Middle Ages. It is from the guilds of operative, or stone masons, who built the cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe from where the fraternity evolved. These guilds eventually began to accept members who were not actual working, but speculative Masons. At that time they adopted the term “Accepted” Masons, and Freemasonry was born.

In Manitoba, the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was formed in 1875. It is the governing body of the forty three Masonic Lodges located throughout the province.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Masonic Temple (335 Donald Street, Winnipeg)

MHS Centennial Organization: Grand Lodge of Manitoba

Manitoba Organization: Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine / Shriners International

Sources:

We thank John Drew for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2019

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