|Midnight Freemasons at Illinois Grand Lodge 2013|
Three years ago today, on April 15th, 2012, the Midnight Freemasons Blog was born--or perhaps I should say re-born. So on this special anniversary I thought I'd tell you how this all got started. I've stayed pretty quiet over the last three years, but I'm going to do a little bragging about the Midnight Freemasons now--so get ready.
This blog began at some point in 2007 as my personal blog. It was a place to dump the leftover research material from my books and articles. I posted three times a week on the same schedule the Midnight Freemasons use today--Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I got a pretty good following. It had a couple different names early on, before I settled on The Midnight Freemason.
|Midnight Freemasons with Author Christopher Hodapp|
|Midnight Freemasons Creason, Schimian, and Knott at Ogden Lodge No. 754|
|Midnight Freemasons Creason, Knott and Shirley at Eastern Illinois University|
|Managing Editor Robert Johnson|
In three short years, you'll find our pieces reposted on blogs everywhere. You can hardly Google a topic relating to Freemasonry and not have one of our pieces come up in the search. You'll find us in Lodge newsletters, mirrored on the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction "Mason's Only" forum, and we've even been featured in the Working Tools Masonic Magazine. We've had pieces translated and reposted in several different languages--we have a very open sharing policy (just give us proper credit). And I'm sure Robert Johnson would agree, the best part of this blog are the emails we receive from men all over the United States (and a couple other countries) who have been reading our blog and have decided they want to join our Fraternity. I couldn't begin to guess how many candidates Robert and I have put into contact with Grand Lodge Secretaries over the last few years.
|Midnight Freemasons Todd E. Creason and Scott Niccum (2011)|
Of all the things I've had the opportunity to do in Freemasonry, the Midnight Freemasons is one of the most remarkable. Greg Knott and I took a trip to Washington D.C. to attend Mason Week. I met Masons from all over, and was absolutely astounded how many of the Masons I met knew the Midnight Freemasons well. And I think we're just at the very beginning of the Midnight Freemasons journey.
|Midnight Freemasons Knott, Gordon and Creason at York Rite Grand Chapter (2014)|
One thing I've learned over the decade since I first petitioned a Lodge of Freemasons--you don't get anywhere alone. It is together as a group, focused on the same goal that we accomplish the most.
|Knott, Richards, and Creason at Mason Week, Reston, VA (2015)|
|Midnight Freemasons Michael Shirley and Judy Gordon|
So this is thanks to the Midnight Freemasons and their remarkable editor Robert Johnson for their hard work over the last three years, and to our readers who have made us so successful.
Thank you all, and Happy 3rd Anniversary to the Midnight Freemasons!
Todd E. Creason, is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and continues to be a regular contributor. He is also the author of the From Labor to Refreshment blog, where he posts on a regular schedule on topics relating to Freemasonry. He is the author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and currently serves as Secretary, and is also a member of Homer Lodge No. 199. He is a member the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, the York Rite Bodies of Champaign/Urbana (IL), the Ansar Shrine (IL), Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees, Charter President of the Illini High Twelve in Champaign-Urbana (IL), and a Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He was recently awarded the 2014 Illinois Secretary of the Year Award by the Illinois Masonic Secretaries Association. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org