MWB Terry Tilton is a Past Grand Master of Minnesota. He is currently the Secretary and a past President of The Philalethes Society. He is the first Grand Lodge Education Officer appointed in the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and is a member of many York and Scottish Rite Bodies. In 2002 MWB Tilton was elected Grand Master of Masons of Minnesota. He was named the 200th Fellow of the Philalethes Society in 2007 for his contributions to Masonic education and research. Brother Tilton has been a guest speaker at many Grand Lodge, regional and national Masonic education forums..
Topic: Knights Templar Allusions. In light of recently discovered documents about the Knights Templar, what evidence or allusions do they give to their faith and beliefs. Does Masonic ritual veil these still today? MWB Terry Tilton will give an overview of our Masonic origins in light of the possible new evidence found in these recently recovered documents. Where did Masonry begin? What were our real secrets? What are some possible implications? Some of these published and unpublished documents give us tantalizing new clues. You may be surprised by the implications of what they seem to reveal to us. MWB Tilton will discuss the scholarly methodologies used in authenticating these documents—a process he is currently participating in. This talk will complement the presentation by Bro. Scott Wolter relating the discoveries in the Templar Cremona Document from 1100.
WB Robert Davis served for over 25 years as Executive Secretary of the Guthrie Scottish Rite Bodies in Oklahoma . He is a Past Master of three Masonic lodges, and served as the charter Master of Guildhall Lodge No. 553, a traditional practices lodge in Oklahoma. He is a KYCH, a 33° Mason, and recipient of the Grand Cross. Brother Davis serves on the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Research Society. He is a past president of the Masonic Restoration Foundation and serves on the Steering Committee of the Masonic Information Center of the United States.
Topic: The Search for Mature Masculinity in Private Conclaves of Men.
Brother Davis will examine the nature of manhood and the role Initiation plays in providing the path by which men take on the role of the mature masculine in their lives. It will also examine how our friendships and associations with other men in the private conclaves of our fraternity play a vital role in connecting us to the profound magic that is inherent to our gender.
WB Shawn Eyer is the current the Editor of Philalethes Magazine and is one of the country’s most highly regarded scholars and writers on Masonic symbolism, history, ritual, and philosophy. Brother Eyer is a Past Master of Academia Lodge № 847 in California, and Junior Warden of The Lodge of the Nine Muses № 1776 in the District of Columbia, holds a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology, and a dual Baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Religious Studies.
Topic: The Essential Secrets of Masonry. In this, the 300th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England, there is no better means of understanding the what and why of early Freemasonry than by studying the explanations given by the early Freemasons themselves. According to WB Shawn Eyer in a recently published essay, “Or Craft looks to various pasts to determine its identity in the present: Masonic historians direct special attention toward authentic fragments of the fraternity’s history, for such evidence often sheds much-needed light upon the actions and motivations of the early participants.” Bro. Eyer will introduce and discuss an obscure Masonic sermon given in a Lodge in the Colonies of North America in 1734. This document preserves what appears to be the oldest surviving private Masonic oration in the world. Bro. Eyer explores the document’s explicit references to the esoteric nature of the “essential secrets” of the Craft.”
WB Robert L.D. Cooper took up the position of Curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library in June 1994. In this capacity he is a full-time employee. In that capacity he is the custodian of many unique and rare documents relating to Freemasonry in general and Scottish Freemasonry in particular.
Topic: The paper that will be presented in two parts. Part one will be a ‘talking head’ delivery on Freemasonry before 1717. This, first part, will focus on what is known of Freemasonry in Scotland before the era of Grand Lodges. The early documentary evidence to be discussed will include: The Schaw Statutes 1598, The Schaw Statutes 1599, The Minutes of Aitchson’s Haven – January 1599, The Minutes of The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel), No.1 -July 1599, The St Clair Charter 1601 The St Clair Charter 1638, The Minutes of Lodge Mother Kilwinning – 1642, The Minutes of The Lodge of Aberdeen – 1670, AND much more… The second connected part looks at the ritual in use at the time. Instead of simply discussing the ritual on this occasion we shall have some audience participation! Together we shall go through part of the ritual to understand the deeper, esoteric, meanings that it contains. Copies of the oldest ritual be distributed to those in attendance.
Bro. Scott Wolter is a forensic geologist who famously inspected the Kensington Rune Stone – a purported 14th Century stone bearing a Scandinavian inscription found in Minnesota in 1909. A regular on the History Channel, Br. Wolter offers new insights into what he believes is a numerical code he has discovered in the inscription on this controversial stone, a code which he overlooked until he was initiated into the York Rite of Freemasonry several years ago.
Topic: An Unveiling of the Templar Cremona Diaries. Brother Scott Wolter’s presentation will outline the historical narratives revealed in a collection of Templar diaries from the Twelfth Century called the "Cremona Document." Purchased in Italy in 1971 and decoded from the Twelfth Century Theban cipher in which they are written, the document contains first-person accounts of six Templar Knights, led by Hugh de Payans (the first Grand Master of the Knights Templar) and their discoveries under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem at the time of the First Crusade (which was in approx. 1095). A second narrative contained within the Cremona Document chronicles a successful voyage of six ships and one hundred and forty men and women to North America to recover First Century scrolls deposited in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, as described in documents discovered by de Payans and his men during their expedition under the Temple Mount. The North American voyage from 1178-1180, was led by a Templar knight named Ralph de Sudeley. The details of both De Sudeley's and Hugh de Payans' historic discoveries may well rewrite the history of the discovery of North America and which will be introduced and shared at the Colorado Masonic Symposium for the first time. In 2003, another set of Templar Journals, unrelated to the Cremona Document, dating from 1353 came to light, will also be introduced at this Symposium, many of the details of which are currently under a non-disclosure agreement, some of the details of which independently corroborate the Twelfth Century Cremona Document.