In the Middle Ages, the term “freemason” was awarded to highly skilled stonemasons who were hired as free agents to build castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland. Because of the inherent danger of their work, stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to manage construction and to take care of sick and injured members as well as the widows and orphans of those who were killed on the job. Eventually, men who were not skilled stonemasons wanted to join the group for the many advantages it offered. These men were known as accepted masons rather than operative masons. This is how the group began to shift from a craft guild to a fraternity.
The first Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the English tradition was established in 1717 in London. In 1718, English Freemasonry spread to France and Spain, and after 1729, to India, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. English Freemasonry spread to other parts of Europe and eventually made its way to the American colonies. In 1733, the first American lodge was established in Boston, under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. The United States now has grand lodges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
As Masons, we are committed to being honest and truthful with other people. Freemasonry teaches a man to be faithful to his responsibilities, his country, his neighbor, and himself and family. The pursuit of knowledge is at the very heart of our purpose.
The Leavenworth Masons of Zarthan Lodge #148 are men who voluntarily asked to join a lodge. We love our community and through our service we show how much we care.
We were accepted because we are good who hold high ethical and moral ideals. We go to meetings which we call the lodge, in order to learn and to teach what friendship, morality, and truth really involve, and to practice on a small scale the reality of brotherhood. Practical programs for charity and relief are planned and executed. It is also an educational organization.
By means of traditional ceremonies and other educational programs, we learn and teach the truths of morality, justice and the necessity of a brotherhood to achieve those universal ideals. The special kinship we feel for each other as brothers and our community service is our deepest satisfaction.
Masons provide relief to help those who are in need. We promise not only to assist our brother Masons in times of need but to practice charity toward all men. No person in need of our charity is turned away and we ask nothing in return.
Our members include men from a wide range of religious backgrounds and traditions, but each of them shares a commitment to this important principle -- the Fatherhood of a Supreme Being and the Brotherhood of Man. Freemasonry recognizes the strong bond which unites all people.