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An Evening With Christopher Hodapp

You are cordially invited to join Hiram 40 Masonic Lodge on September 8th, 2012 for an evening lecture with 33 degree Freemason, author, and filmmaker Christopher L. Hodapp.  We invite Freemasons and non-Freemasons alike to learn more about our craft, the history behind it, and other very interesting myths and facts about Masonry.

Among Hodapp’s most recognizable works is Freemasons for Dummies (published in 2005), which is part of the “For Dummies” line of books.  In 2006 Hodapp wrote Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C., which explores the early history of the United States and the role Freemasons played in its revolution and founding. It also contains an extensive guide to Masonic landmarks in Washington D.C. In 2007, in collaboration with Alice Von Kannon, he wrote The Templar Code For Dummies, a guide to the medieval Knights Templar, the subsequent mysteries and myths that have surrounded them, and their connections with Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. In 2008, Hodapp and Von Kannon published their second collaboration, Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies, which was required reading in a 2010 course on conspiracy at Harvard University.

In 2009, he authored Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington, D.C., a Masonic guidebook to Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol.

In 2010, Hodapp and Von Kannon developed episode outlines for the History Channel program, Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and contributed material on conspiracies and secret societies for TruTV.

He has written for Templar History MagazineMasonic MagazineThe Indiana Freemason MagazineKnight Templar Magazine, The Phylaxis MagazineThe Scottish Rite Journal and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Between 2005-2008, he wrote a monthly humor column for the Texas-based Living Natural First MagazineA Pilgrim’s Progress: True Tales of an Organic Greenhorn.

He has appeared on the History Channel Secrets of the Founding Fathers and the Discovery Channel Hunting The Lost Symbol.

Hodapp became a Freemason in 1998, and is a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Indianapolis. He is a Past Master of Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, one of the first “European Concept” lodges in the U.S. He is a member of the York Rite and a Knight Templar. He is a Past Sovereign Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees, a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners), and numerous other Masonic organizations. In 2004, as part of a Masonic think-tank known collectively as the Knights of the North, he co-wrote and edited Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response To The Questions Of Dwight Smith, which is widely recognized as a major influence in the so-called ‘traditional observance” Masonic movement in the U.S.

Join Hiram 40 Masonic Lodge to hear Hodapp speak for $15

When: Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Doors open at 7:00 PM – Lecture begins at 7:30 PM in the main lodge and ends at 9:00 PM

Refreshments to be served at 7:00 PM

Where: 1520 Caswell Street Raleigh NC 27605

Cost: $15 (tickets can be purchased securely online below, from Hiram 40 members, or you may send a check to Hiram 40)


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