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(From "A History of Birmingham Lodge, on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Lodge")

Introduction - 1891 through 1991

In this century we accept as commonplace such things as the automobile and high speed internet, cell phones, micro-electronics, plam size internet appliances, just to name a few.

Therefore, it is extremely difficult for us to imagine what life was like in the small farming community of Beltsville, Maryland, just one hundred years ago, when Birmingham Lodge No. 188 first came into existence. Life without electricity would be almost impossible for us today, and yet in 1891, although the phenomenon of electricity was known, its great potential was undreamed. The homes and public buildings of that day relied upon oil burning, wick lamps, and in the Lodge Halls, the Lesser Lights were candles. Central heating systems were not in general use and the potbellied wood stove was the accepted means of heating the lodge Hall.

To us it might seem that they indeed lived in an age of darkness, and yet our Brothers of that day practiced the same form of Masonry we do today. Their lives were governed by the same precepts and they adhered to the same tenets of our Institution. While they were permitted by the Grand Lodge to do a few things we cannot, conversely, we can do some things they could not.

Birmingham Lodge is fortunate to have in its possession a complete set of minutes beginning with the organizational meeting held on Tuesday, June 9, 1891. In reading these, one cannot help but be impressed by the thoroughness and the detail of these records. However, there are instances where certain details are lacking; details which are needed to complete the over-all picture, but which at the time, they must have felt were unnecessary because of their complete familiarity with the situation. In these instances we can only try to piece together the facts and read between the lines.

Photos through the Years

Grand Lodge and Collateral Bodies

Here are links to the Grand Lodge of Maryland and other Masonic bodies in the State of Maryland. Visitors to the website can visit these links to find out more about the history, tenets, and values of Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Maryland website provides information on the structure of the Masonic Order, as well as upcoming events, meetings, and other activities. Additionally, visitors can find links to other Masonic bodies such as the Royal Arch Masons, the York Rite, Scottish Rite, and Shriners International.

Grand Lodge of Maryland

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Shriner's International

Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction

Maryland York Rite of Freemasonry

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