Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen. To be 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 associations of stone masons, who built the magnificent cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe that the fraternity started. These groups, eventually, began to accept members who were not actual working masons. At that time they adopted the term “Accepted” Masons, and Freemasonry was born.
Here in Maryland, The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland was formed in 1787. Today, one hundred local lodges are located throughout the state in cities and towns both large and small.
The Masonic fraternity contributes over $1 Billion each year to its philanthropic pursuits, over $750 Million of that in the United States alone. The Crippled Children’s and Burns Hospitals sponsored by Shrine Masons are world famous for their ability to help those most in need. Maryland Freemasons provide college scholarships to approximately fifty worthy students each year, and support their communities in countless ways.