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Book Signing & Presentation: Symbols in the Wilderness – Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York

July 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Symbols in the Wilderness: Early Masonic Survivals in Upstate New York

Freemasonry played a vital role in the social development of New York State. Its Lodges provided a trusted place for newcomers to meet and for friendships and business partnerships to develop, free from political, professional, and sectarian differences. During its explosive growth from 1790 to the end of the 1820s Masonic brethren produced iconic architecture, as well as extraordinary examples of folk art, expressed in large symbolic paintings (“tracing boards”), murals, textiles, and graphics. Most of these have remained entirely unknown outside the Upstate Lodges that, against all hazards, have preserved them. Their symbolism seems mysterious and confusing to outsiders, but once explained, it gives insight into a period and place unique in American history. The book was authored by Joscelyn Godwin , Christian Goodwillie, and Marianita Peaslee and produced by Richard W. Couper Press at Hamilton University.

Authors Joscelyn and Christian will be available to sign books and will conduct a presentation at the Onondaga Historical Museum. 

Joscelyn Godwin is professor of music at Colgate University. Christian Goodwillie is director and curator of Special Collections, Burke Library, Hamilton College. Marianita Peaslee is the digital imagery specialist, Burke Library, Hamilton College.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the OHA Gift Gallery the evening of the event.



July 20, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Onondaga Historical Association
321 Montgomery Street
Syracuse, 13202
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