Truman Lecture Series

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The Missouri Lodge of Research has been proud to name 12 individuals as Truman Lecturers. These individuals have each presented their Truman Lecture before capacity audiences.

  • Fall 2009: Christopher Hodapp - The Dan Brown Effect
  • Spring 2010: Michael Halleran - The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War
  • Fall 2010: Dr. Trevor Stewart - Ripples in a Pool: An Academic Process for Performing Masonic & Historical Research
  • Spring 2011: NONE - CANCELLED due to speaker illness
  • Fall 2011: Steven Vitale - When We Are Reborn: The Impact September 11th and Freemasonry Have Had On My Life
  • Spring 2012: Arturo de Hoyos - What Freemasonry Is, and What It Is Not
  • Fall 2012: Clifton Truman Daniel - Growing Up Truman
  • Spring 2013: Alton Roundtree - Prince Hall Masonry: The Untold Truth
  • Fall 2013: Robert LD Cooper - Scottish Freemasonry’s Contribution to the Formation of the USA
  • Spring 2014: Josef Wäges - Illuminati: Fact and Fiction
  • Fall 2014: Dr. S. Brent Morris - The "Post-Boy Exposure" of 1723
  • Spring 2015: Mark A. Tabbert - President George Washington: Recent Masonic Discoveries
  • Fall 2015: Paul Weldon Johnston - King Athelstan and the Possible Anglo-Saxon Origins of Freemasonry
  • Spring 2016: Clifton Truman Daniel - Harry S Truman: the Character of a Freemason

Please scroll down to view video recordings of the Spring 2012 (Arturo de Hoyos), Fall 2012 (Clifton Truman Daniel), Fall 2011 (Steven Vitale), Fall 2010 (Trevor Stewart) Truman Lectures. Additional information on the Truman Lecture Series will be posted on this site in the near future. This page will be expanded to include information regarding our past Truman Lecturers, copies of their presentations and embedded audio/video when available. Please bookmark this page and visit again soon!

Fall 2012 Truman Lecture

Missouri Lodge of Research Truman Lecture Series - Clifton Truman Daniel - Growing up Truman from Missouri Freemasons on Vimeo.

Clifton Truman Daniel is the oldest grandson of former US President Harry S. Truman and son of the late E. Clifton Daniel Jr., former managing editor of the New York Times, and best-selling mystery writer Margaret Truman.

Most recently he served as the Director of Public Relations for Harry S Truman College, one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to that, he worked as a feature writer and editor for the Morning Star and Sunday Star-News, a New York Times paper in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mr. Daniel is the honorary chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute in Independence, Missouri. He is a frequent speaker and fundraiser and the author of the 1995 book, Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman, and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1843, published in 2011.

Spring 2012 Truman Lecture

Missouri Lodge of Research Truman Lecture Series - Arturo de Hoyos - What Freemasonry Is, and What it is Not from Missouri Freemasons on Vimeo.

Arturo is the Grand Archivist and Grand Historian for the Supreme Council, 33°, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Washington, D.C. He is respected the world over as an authority on the history, rituals, and symbolism of Freemasonry.

Affectionately called the "Grand Archivist of the Universe," he is the author, editor, and translator of many books and articles. His encyclopedic knowledge of Masonry and multilingual abilities have made his works popular among Masons seeking "More Light."

He is a Past Master of McAllen Lodge No. 1110, AF&AM of Texas, an Honorary Member of John Blair Lodge No. 187, AF&AM of Virginia, an Honorary Member of Esoterika Lodge No. 316, F&AM of Washington and a full member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, United Grand Lodge of England.

He holds the 33°, Grand Cross of Honour, in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, the KYCH in the York Rite, and belongs to many other Masonic organizations, holding national offices and appointments in several.

Fall 2011 Truman Lecture

Missouri Lodge of Research Truman Lecture Series - Steven Vitale - When We Are Reborn from Missouri Freemasons on Vimeo.

Steven Vitale, 9/11 survivor and Freemason.

WB Steven Vitale's presentation is a deeply personal recounting of his experiences at Ground Zero on September 11th, 2001.

These experiences ultimately led him to re-evaluate his life.

His search for greater meaning in his life as a result of the tragic events on September 11th led him to Freemasonry and ultimately his goal of self discovery.

Worshipful Brother Steven Vitale grew up in New York City and currently resides in Central New Jersey with his wife Karen and two children, Nicole and Eric.

He has been involved in Freemasonry and many of its concordant and invitational bodies for the past eight years. Bro. Vitale is a member in good standing of St. John’s Lodge No. 1 A.Y.M., F.&A.M. the oldest lodge in the state of New York . St. John’s Lodge is also the owner and custodian of the George Washington Inaugural Bible which has been used by several United States Presidents to take their oath of office. Steven served as Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge for the 2010-2011 Masonic year. In addition to being active in both York and Scottish Rites, Bro. Vitale is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, and the New Jersey College of the SRICF (Masonic Rosicrucians).

Currently he is the Head of Commercial Banking for Sun National Bank’s Central New Jersey region. Additionally Bro. Vitale serves on the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Greater New York – Camps, is a co-founder of The Rose Circle Research Foundation and is an avid martial artist.

Fall 2010 Truman Lecture

Missouri Lodge of Research Truman Lecture Series - Trevor Stewart - Ripples in a Pool from Missouri Freemasons on Vimeo.

Trevor Stewart, Prestonian Lecturer of the United Grand Lodge of England, at their annual meeting on September 28, 2010. His presentation is titled: "Ripples in a Pool," an academic process for performing Masonic & historical research.

Trevor Stewart is a retired lecturer who was educated at Birmingham, Sheffield, Durham and Newcastle Universities. His academic work specialised in English eighteenth-century English literature and his doctoral research focussed on a coterie of Enlightenment gentlemen freemasons who lived in the north of England.

Bro. Stewart continued to give fully documented papers on various masonic subjects in American, Belgian, French, German and Scottish lodges – at both lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge levels - as well as in many English Lodges, Royal Arch Chapters and in London’s ancient Guildhall. He has also taught in history seminars at Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard Universities (2004) which focussed on newly discovered contributions made by early eighteenth-century English freemasons to the development and spread of ‘Newtonianism’. In October 2007 he was invited by the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge Masonic Academy to give his paper on ‘A Way Forward – some seminar techniques’. He was the keynote speaker at the 2010 annual dinner of the Philalethes Society in Minneapolis. He was invited by the Grand Lodge of Romania to address their May 2010 communication in Huniazilor Castle and by the National Grand Lodge of Greece in June 2010 at their communication in Athens.

Bro. Stewart contributed papers on Freemasonry in the Enlightenment period to international conferences held at the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre (London), the University of Bordeaux and the first and second international UK conferences on the history of Freemasonry in Edinburgh (2007 & 2009). He has published several papers in the annual transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge (AQC) and of the Leicester Lodge of Research, in Hibiscus (GL of Florida) and in The Ashlar, the leading Scottish masonic quarterly. He edited two volumes of The Canonbury Papers (2005 & 2006) for the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre (London). He has published numerous lectures in bound pamphlet format, a world-renowned English translation of Martinez de Pasqually’s crucial esoteric text Treatise on the Reintegration of Beings; and he has recently published a fully illustrated monograph on the famous 1702 Haughfoot Lodge, which formerly existed in the Scottish Borders region. He is planning three new books on the hitherto unpublished non-masonic writings of William Hutchinson (1732-1814), the founder of English masonic symbolism.

In 2004 Bro. Stewart was appointed by the United Grand Lodge of England to be its Prestonian Lecturer. He is a Past Master of three English Lodges, including the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 (English Constitution) and in June 2010 was installed as the Right Worshipful Master of Lodge ‘Sir Robert Moray’ No. 1641 (the leading Scottish research lodge - Edinburgh).

In December 2007 he was elected to Honorary Membership of both The Alpha Lodge No. 116 (New Jersey) and St. John’s Lodge No. 1 (New York City). He was elected subsequently to Honorary Memberships of the Cincinnati and the Atlas-Pythagoras Lodges (New Jersey) and he is particularly delighted to be associated so strongly with such distinguished New Jersey masonic bodies. He was created Right Worshipful Grand Lecturer (Honorary) by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in September 2009. He was created a Ninth Grade (Magus) by the SRICF in Washington DC (February 2007). He edited ‘From Across the Water’ an anthology of eight past papers from AQC on North American Freemasonry in the colonial era (copies may still available from the Scottish Rite Research Society, Washington DC).

Bro. Stewart has held office in all of the Orders which grace the English Masonic landscape, is a Life Member of various Scottish Orders - including the Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland - has been honoured in the Rectified Scottish Rite in Belgium and in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Germany. In SRIA he was a member of its High Council, a Chief Adept of a Province, the Director-General of Studies and an active member of its Executive Committee. He edited the SRIA Transactions (2005).

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