Welcome to the web site of the
Grand Lodge of Maine Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
Here you will have the opportunity to view a lot of information about our organization and what makes it unique. In order to make your time here enjoyable and productive, we have created four separate web venues. Presently you are at the 'formal' portion of our site where business and administrative matters are presented. Many of the items in the 'download' portion of the site have to do with the administrative details that members of the Craft are interested in and may not be well understood by those not part of the Fraternity. Nevertheless, feel free to spend as much time here as you like. The many links provided on the site will undoubtedly add to your experience.
We have a separate site for our Maine Masonic College which features educational programs of all kinds, most of which are open to our friends and neighbors. We have also created a History Section for those interested in researching our history and/or genealogy matters. We have included not only our Grand Lodge transactions but also histories of the local lodges in Maine and much more. All of our sites are continually expanding to provide you with an enhanced online experience.
If you have questions about Freemasonry that you can not find answers to on our web site or are interested in joining just follow the "Contact Us" links.
Again, welcome and enjoy!
Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity. For three centuries, it has beckoned men of good character to its ranks. It has no regard for differences in race, color, creed, religion or station in life. Using traditions and implements of antiquity, it seeks to inspire its members to live by the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
While the moral philosophy of Freemasonry is founded upon religious principles, it is neither a religion nor a substitute for one. It does not solicit membership but welcomes men who have good morals and who profess a belief in a Supreme Being. Any man sincerely desirous of serving humanity only needs to ask a member in order to receive a petition for membership.
The Creation of the Grand Lodge of Maine
From 1619 to 1820, Maine was a District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1762, the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Grand Lodge of England (now the United Grand Lodge of England) issued a charter to form a lodge in Falmouth (said lodge later moving to Portland) at the request of a number of Masons living in the area. In 1819, the people of Maine voted to withdraw from Massachusetts and form a separate State. The Maine Lodges (there were 31 at the time, active and thriving) then met in convention and voted to follow suit and form their own Grand Lodge when the separation should take place. Maine joined the Union as the 23rd State on March 15, 1820 and the Grand Lodge of Maine came into being on June 1 following. It was consecrated by the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire on June 24, 1820 with William King, the first (and serving) Governor of Maine installed into the office of Grand Master.
The Grand Lodge of Maine is pleased to have you visit its web site.
Grand Master's Declaration of Principles
Masonry is a values centered organization which affords like-minded men opportunities to share similar values, hopes and concerns for ourselves, our families and our communities. Masonry as expressed in the teachings of our three degrees provides us with the foundation to exercise our beliefs commensurate with our needs and wants in life.
Our Masonic Lodges should be regarded as places where we make, or administer, the rites of Masonry to a man. Masonry itself is defined by and through the men that exercise the philosophy of its teachings. It is who we are.
Societal norms are dramatically changing and will continue to change and even evolve into new orders and ways of thinking. Society changes for many reasons; mostly out of need.
We have opportunities to expand our philosophies by addressing men's issues by affording Masons a safe and compatible forum to address their important needs such as health and livelihood matters. We have opportunities to reach out to our ever-increasing minority population by educating this segment of our population of the true and tolerant principles of Masonry and even inviting them to join our Fraternity. We have opportunities to help men seek a better understanding of their place in the Lodge, in the community and in their consciences.
Initiatives for membership growth and for candidate, member and officer education are important. Stressing the value of these initiatives and making them more pertinent to the needs of Masons and Lodges are keys to success. We have opportunities to present a fresh perspective in revisiting the financial priorities of our Grand Lodge. We have an opportunity to create a partnership between the Grand Lodge and the subordinate Lodges by listening to the needs of the Lodges and affording the best resources which will help them achieve success. Accountability, responsibility and transparency will be exercised. Above all, it is an atmosphere of building relationships that will allow for greater ownership by all and to enhance and add the greatest value to Masons and Lodges.