Most Worshipful Grand Master Daniel C. Yandel
welcomes you to the Grand Lodge of Illinois, A.F. and A.M.
- Grand Master's
Program Guide 2007-2009
- Grand Master's Itinerary
A brief history of Masonry in Illinois
The bicentennial of organized Freemasonry in Illinois was celebrated
in 2005 with the observance of the chartering of Western Star
Lodge, established in 1805 in the town Kaskaskia in what was then
known as the “Indian Territory.” Shadrach Bond,
Illinois’ first governor, became a member of this lodge
in 1806 and went on to serve as its presiding officer in 1815
and again in 1818, the year in which Illinois achieved statehood.
The first Grand Lodge of Masons of Illinois was formed by a small
group of Lodges in 1822 and flourished for several years before
ceasing operations in 1827, a period that coincided with the short-lived
anti-Masonic national political movement. However, by 1839,
Freemasonry was on the rebound and Illinois’ current Grand
Lodge was formed in 1840.
Today, the Masonic Fraternity under the jurisdiction of the Grand
Lodge of Illinois comprises more than 500 Lodges and 70,000 Masons—men
of character from every walk of life all working together to build
a better world!
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