Wednesday, March 26, 2014

1st Annual Masonic Educational Symposium

The first annual Masonic Educational Symposium, hosted by my Lodge, Wilmington #804 F&AM Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will be held on Saturday, September 20th 2014.  Starts at 9:00am and will last most of the day. The speakers for the event are Bro. Charles M. Harper Sr., author of Freemasonry in Black and White. Bro Juan Sepulveda of Sepulveda Fine Art as well as the Winding Stairs podcast and his new project the YouTube Masonic show called The Masonic Roundtable. Bro. Adam T. Osman, PM Master Masonic Scholar and author of Earning Freemasonry, a One Day Class Redemption. Lastly myself, Shawn M. Gorley, Master Masonic Scholar, Book Review Editor for Bonisteel Masonic Library, Editor for Lewis Masonic and author of Freemasonry Defined, Using History to Understand the Fraternity. 
Also be advised that each presenter will have their respective books and artwork for sale at this event.
The speakers at this event are currently huge educational movers and shakers within today’s Freemasonry. The presentations are going to be open for Q&A and discussion is highly encouraged! It is intended to be a day to learn from the presenter as well as from the attendees as well, this will not be a boring all day sitting on your butt listening to presentation after presentation type of day, it is to encourage learning, visitation and Brotherhood. Several breaks will be offered during the day. The seating is limited to 100 brethren, no sales at the door. It is open to EA and above in a non tyled setting. Cost per person is $30.00 which will include all of the above and I saved the best for last, our Lodge is known across the State for serving the best meals at meetings, we will have three full meals included in the cost of the ticket, we don’t do cold cuts and cheap cookies! Everything will be homemade and there will be plenty of it so don’t go away hungry! Breakfast will be donuts, coffee, juices, eggs and bacon. Lunch will be a variety of home made soups and chili provided by the lovely ladies of the local church and dinner will be prime rib and diced potatoes prepared by a Brother that owns a butcher shop and catering company.
Brothers I am highly excited to be putting this together and hope to meet and converse with many of you, it will prove to be an amazing day!
Tickets are sold in advance only in order to properly have enough food as well as to keep it small enough to promote visitation among attendees.
To purchase tickets via the internet please visit
For those Brethren that would prefer to pay by other means than credit cards over the internet, as well as any questions please email
We are not using and Lodge funds to put this event on, I have personally decided to foot the startup costs of this event using the profits stemming from my book Freemasonry Defined, Using History to Understand the Fraternity
Checks and Money Orders are accepted and please make them out to Shawn M. Gorley and mail them to 2645 Garner Rd. Edinburg, PA 16116
1959905_322262707932228_1052770187_nFor those that live far away and would need overnight accommodations please look for hotels in the Sharon, Hermitage, and New Castle Pennsylvania areas.
Thank you Brethren all and I hope to meet many of you at this event

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