This series will be in two parts. Both will be written in narrative and timeline/chronological format. The first will start as close to Freemasonry's beginnings as possible continue through to the Lewis and and Clark Expedition. There will be a break in between the two halves of the series. The second part will be about the first lodge west of the Mississippi River and immediately after.
The majority of the articles will be about the link between Freemasonry and the Lewis and Clark Expedition and what happened as a result of the expedition within the Masonic Fraternity. The sections of the articles that are not specifically about the expedition and its link to Freemasonry will be mentioned but without a great deal of detail. Readers are encouraged to conduct their own objective research into anything mentioned in these articles.
The topic of these articles may offend some. If you think you will be offended by this subject matter read no further than this introduction article.
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As In a previous series the author of these articles will state his personal opinion as to the connection between the Freemasonry and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
It is only fair to disclose the author of this blog is himself a Freemason. While this may offer special insight to the topic of this series it in no way makes him bias one way or another as to this subject. There is no one, single spokes person for Freemasonry and the author of this blog is not attempting to be such a person.
As the series progresses the articles may be spaced apart by extended periods of time, but there will be no interruption as to the topic of this series.
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