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Freemasonry & Fraternalism Gems of Song for Eastern Star Chapters by Lorraine J. Pitkin and Jennie E. Mathews Although the Order of the Eastern Star was largely invented as a companion secret society to Freemasonry in the nineteenth century, both men who are Masons and women with a family connection to Masons are members, and chapters are found as far afield as Scotland and Australia. History of the Knights of Pythias by Jos D. Weeks Largely a secret society, the Pythians sought to aid reconciliation after the Civil War and gave rise to other movements, including the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan, Princes of Syracuse, Knights of Omar, and Order of Calanthe. Membership is less than it once was, but lodges exist in more than twenty states and Canada. Manual of Knights Templar by Edward J. Newman Partly because of novelists and Hollywood, the Masonic Knights Templar have enjoyed an enormous amount of recent attention, and are the subject of extravagant claims about their antiquity. They certainly are a highly ritualistic and very curious organization, as this volume of their secrets illustrates. The Story of the City Companies by P. H. Ditchfield As this volume shows, the guilds or livery companies of London started as medieval associations of tradesmen: haberdashers, skinners, goldsmiths, and ironmongers. They became charity foundations, trustees of schools and hospitals, custodians of art treasures and historic buildings, and the electorate for the leadership of the City of London. Freemasonry in All Ages by Rev. M.F. Carey The tension in Freemasonry over its legendary and real origins and with its Enlightenment ethos in contrast with Christian views is apparent in this work by an Irish Episcopalian priest. Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems Authored by Gen. Albert Pike Albert Pike (1809-1891) began writing as a youth, and “Hymns to the Gods” was his first published poem when he was only 23. He is primarily remembered as perhaps the leading scholar of Freemasonry in the nineteenth century but quite apart from that his verses display his incredible linguistic skills and knowledge of mythology. 19