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Mysteries of the Masons

Glancing through a reprinted copy of the 1868 edition of The World Almanac I came across some information about the number of Freemasons in the U.S. This was a more relevant topic in days past because the Masons had been accused or suspected of being the force behind a number of conspiracies and events either real or imagined. Today in pop culture, the Freemasons have become the poster group for all secret societies. They’ve been parodied on the Simpsons, had a member who turned out to be Jack the Ripper in the movie From Hell, and served as the keepers of a fortune in gold in National Treasure. According to the first edition of The World Almanac, there were an estimated 300,000 Freemasons in the U.S. Their membership was at its highest in 1959, when there were 4,103,161 masons in the U.S. As of 2005, there were 1,569,812 masons in the U.S. And not one of them will divulge the secret handshake.

–Vincent Spadafora

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