The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

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Hello everyone,The Library & Museum has recently revised its reopening guidelines (URL: https://nymasoniclibrary.org/re-...
08/26/2021
Livingston Masonic Library Re-Opening Guidelines – Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

Hello everyone,
The Library & Museum has recently revised its reopening guidelines (URL: https://nymasoniclibrary.org/re-opening/), which were approved by the Grand Secretary. These revised guidelines will take effect Monday, August 30, 2021.
Best regards,
Alex S. Vastola
Director

Livingston Masonic Library Re-Opening Guidelines Livingston Masonic Library & Museum Visitor Guidelines (August 2021) Effective Monday, August 30, 2021 In accordance with the recent New York City Executive Order, the Library & Museum requires all visitors age 12 and older to provide proof of vaccina...

Hello everyone,Three new recorded Library Lectures have been posted to the Library's YouTube channel:https://www.youtube...
07/23/2021
Light from the West: The Royal Arch and International Freemasonry

Hello everyone,
Three new recorded Library Lectures have been posted to the Library's YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpvs4guJOjk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbODsBmOWIM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOHLkkFq7rg
Best regards,
Alex S. Vastola
Director

In this lecture, Light from the Wet is the story of how the American Royal Arch system has become a key link in the universal cord connecting Masons around t...

Hello everyone,The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge has installed a new secure Library Book...
07/08/2021

Hello everyone,

The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge has installed a new secure Library Book Drop on the 14th Floor. Library patrons will now be able to use the book drop to return their library books outside of library opening hours.

Best regards,

Alexander Vastola
Director

Hello everyone,

The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge has installed a new secure Library Book Drop on the 14th Floor. Library patrons will now be able to use the book drop to return their library books outside of library opening hours.

Best regards,

Alexander Vastola
Director

Hello everyone,The April 2021 library lecture has been posted to the library's YouTube channel.  URL: https://www.youtub...
07/02/2021
Pre-Columbian Builders: Development of Architecture and Agriculture in the new world

Hello everyone,

The April 2021 library lecture has been posted to the library's YouTube channel. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAlDMBs5Afg

I hope everyone has a great July 4th weekend!

Best regards,

Alex S. Vastola
Director, Livingston Masonic Library

In this lecture, RW Ivan Boluarte will explore the development of Pre-columbian architecture and agriculture in the new world prior to the arrival of Europea...

Hello everyone,The latest Library virtual lecture video from the Salon De La Rose + Croix lecture on March 25, 2021 has ...
04/16/2021
Virtual Lecture: Salon De La Rose Croix

Hello everyone,
The latest Library virtual lecture video from the Salon De La Rose + Croix lecture on March 25, 2021 has just been posted on our YouTube channel: URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7sp-2o9ZIA
Best regards,
Alex
Director

OPENING ACT: In Search of The Golden Fleece: The Warrior Philosopher¹s Path To Immortality.Lecture by Tony Crisos A short lecture on the history and philosop...

Hello everyone,The new reopening guidelines and staff hours have been posted on the Livingston Masonic Library's website...
04/07/2021
Livingston Masonic Library Re-Opening Procedures (April 2021) – Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

Hello everyone,
The new reopening guidelines and staff hours have been posted on the Livingston Masonic Library's website: URL https://nymasoniclibrary.org/re-opening/
The new guidelines will go into effect by April 19, 2021.

Best regards,
Alex
Director

Livingston Masonic Library Re-Opening Procedures (April 2021) Livingston Masonic Library & Museum Re-opening Procedures (April 2021) Effective Monday, April 19, 2021 Library & Museum Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM Visits: All patron...

Hello everyone,The second virtual lecture of the 2021 Livingston Masonic Library Lecture Series will occur on March 25, ...
03/09/2021
Virtual Lecture: Salon de La Rose + Croix (Lecture, Art, and Music event)

Hello everyone,
The second virtual lecture of the 2021 Livingston Masonic Library Lecture Series will occur on March 25, 2021 at 7 pm. Information about this lecture is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-lecture-salon-de-la-rose-croix-lecture-art-and-music-event-tickets-142561189355
Best regards,
Alex
Director

A short lecture on the history and philosophical value of the Golden Fleece through existing literature and archeological findings.

Hello everyone,The first virtual lecture of the 2021 Livingston Masonic Library Lecture Series will occur on February 25...
01/28/2021
The Crane-Balestier Letters: Holland Lodge in the Age of Schisms

Hello everyone,
The first virtual lecture of the 2021 Livingston Masonic Library Lecture Series will occur on February 25, 2021 at 7 pm. Information about this lecture is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-crane-balestier-letters-holland-lodge-in-the-age-of-schisms-tickets-138483147823
Best regards,
Alex
Director

This presentation by Bro. Bradley Corsello tells the complete story of Holland's independence for the first time anywhere.

Hello everyone,Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in New York State, the new limited operations and procedur...
01/27/2021
Limited Operations and Temporary Closure of Reading Room – Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

Hello everyone,
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in New York State, the new limited operations and procedures for the Library & Museum has just been approved by the Grand Secretary and posted to the Library's website: URL: https://nymasoniclibrary.org/limited-operations/
Best regards,
Alexander Vastola, Director

Limited Operations and Temporary Closure of Reading Room January 27, 2021 Livingston Masonic Library & Museum Limited Operations Procedures: General Information: • Due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in New York State, the Livingston Masonic Library & Museum will be temporarily closed ...

Hello everyone.  Our September and October 2020 Library Lecture videos are now uploaded to our YouTube channel.  Here ar...
12/15/2020
William Wines Phelps: New York Mason, anti-Mason, and Mormon

Hello everyone. Our September and October 2020 Library Lecture videos are now uploaded to our YouTube channel. Here are the URL links to the lecture videos:

September 2020 Lecture: Michael LaRocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZIF-5q6G1U

October 2020: Michael Homer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm-fxyAbTmw

I hope everyone has a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Best regards,

Alexander Vastola
Director

William Wines Phelps joined Freemasonry in the early 1820s in Homer, New York (Homer Lodge No. 137), where he was the editor of the Western Courier. But afte...

Hello everyone,I hope everyone is doing well.  I am pleased to announce that our Librarian, Joseph Patzner, has recently...
07/11/2020
The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well. I am pleased to announce that our Librarian, Joseph Patzner, has recently uploaded six new videos of our recorded Library Lectures to the Library's YouTube channel! (URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzwVcQe9QmE_KJ7nQiBiGLA/videos).

Best regards,

Alexander Vastola, Director

The Livingston Masonic Library lecture series is now streaming online! Check back to see more videos of our monthly events. The views expressed are personal ...

03/24/2020

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy despite the corona-virus pandemic. Even though the lectures through June have been canceled by order of the Grand Secretary, the lectures for the Fall (September and October) are still on. I will keep you informed about these lectures. I am working on the 2021 lecture schedule. Many of the speakers whose lectures have been canceled due to the corona-virus have agreed to speak in 2021. My staff and I are working from home for the time being, however, we will try to make some posts to our Facebook and Instagram accounts over the next few weeks. - Alexander Vastola, Director

03/13/2020

Hello everyone. I was just notified by the Grand Secretary that all Library Lectures that were scheduled for the period of March through June of this year are canceled as a health precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the March 26th, 2020 Lecture has been canceled. Lectures will resume in September of 2020.

Hello Everyone,Feel free to visit the Library to see our new exhibition on the George Washington letter from the Library...
02/14/2020

Hello Everyone,
Feel free to visit the Library to see our new exhibition on the George Washington letter from the Library's collection, which is now on display from today until February 21.

01/30/2020

Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that tonight at the Library from 6 pm-8 pm Bill Mauer will be giving his lecture on George Washington and the Bicentennial.

Hello everyone,We just posted information about our next lecture on January 30 on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.com/...
01/10/2020
George Washington and the 1932 Bicentennial

Hello everyone,
We just posted information about our next lecture on January 30 on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/george-washington-and-the-1932-bicentennial-tickets-89112707507

This month the Livingston Masonic Library is glad to welcome C.F. William Maurer to speak about George Washington and the celebration of the bicentennial of Washington's birth. In addition to touching up the contribution from Brother Sold Bloom who served as the director of the United States George....

Hello everyone.  Today we uploaded two new lectures to the Library website's Youtube page: one Liberty Lodge No. 7 and t...
01/08/2020

Hello everyone. Today we uploaded two new lectures to the Library website's Youtube page: one Liberty Lodge No. 7 and the other on The Lost Degrees of Freemasonry:
URL: https://nymasoniclibrary.org/youtube-channel/

01/03/2020

Happy New Year, everyone. I would like to introduce myself. I am Alexander Vastola, and I am the Director of the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge. I am working to set up our schedule of Lecture Speakers for 2020, so if anyone would like to give a lecture sometime this year, email me at [email protected], and I will send you the schedule. We are looking for a speaker for our next lecture on January 30, 2020.

Hello everyone,The latest Blog post from the Library has just been posted on the artifacts from the 1919 Time Capsule fr...
12/20/2019
The 1919 Time Capsule of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital – Robert R Livingston Library

Hello everyone,

The latest Blog post from the Library has just been posted on the artifacts from the 1919 Time Capsule from the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital at the Masonic Home campus in Utica, New York.

On behalf of the Library and Museum's staff and Board of Trustees, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Best regards,

Alexander Vastola
Director, The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge

Posted on December 20, 2019December 20, 2019 by Alexander VastolaThe 1919 Time Capsule of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital By Alexander Vastola Director, The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge The time capsule box with the tool used to cut open the box’s coppe...

08/20/2019

Due to the Summer holidays, there will be no lecture scheduled in August. Stay tuned for the Fall lecture schedule!

11/27/2018
This Day In Masonic History

A Happy 272nd Birthday to Chancellor Robert R Livingston, our Library's namesake!

November 27, 1746 Robert Livingston was born in NY, NY. He became an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat from New York. He was one of the Founding Father of the United States, known as "The Chancellor", after the high New York state legal office he held for 25 years. He was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1781 to 1783 under the Articles of Confederation. In 1789 as Chancellor of New York, Livingston administered the presidential oath of office to George Washington at Federal Hall in New York City, then the Capital of the United States. He was U.S. Minister to France from 1801 to 1804. Livingston was a Freemason, and in 1784 he was appointed the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York, retaining this title until 1801. The Grand Lodge's library in Manhattan bears his name. The Bible Livingston used to administer the oath of office to President Washington is owned by St. John’s Lodge No. 1, and is still used today when the Grand Master is sworn in, and, by request, when a President of the United States is sworn in.

Address

71 W 23rd St, 14th Floor
New York, NY
10010

General information

The mission of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge is to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available for education and research, to both members of the Fraternity and others, such materials as relate to the history, philosophy, culture, and organization of Freemasonry, in its social and historical contexts, with a special emphasis on Freemasonry in New York State. The Livingston Masonic Library is a non-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. As one of the world's foremost repositories of Masonic books, artifacts, and ephemera, the Livingston Masonic Library maintains a vast collection of materials which are available to visitors and researchers. The collections in the care of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge are the property of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, F&AM. Some of the strengths of the collection are: -Over 60,000 volumes detailing Masonic history, origins, philosophy, symbolism, current events, esoterica and occultism. -Historical files for every Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Valley in New York State. -Extensive holdings of Masonic periodicals from all over the United States and the world, from the 1700's to the present day, including a large collection of Shrine publications. -Subject files containing articles, essays, speeches and studies on numerous topics relating to Freemasonry. -Biographical files on Masons known for their achievements both within the Craft and in wider historical contexts. -Extensive collections of Masonic memorabilia, ritual artifacts, jewlery, aprons and other textile artifacts, artwork, engravings, paintings, and collections gathered by Past Grand Masters of New York. -Revolving exhibits in the Reading Room of Masonic memorabilia and ephemera; Concentration in New York State History.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 12pm - 8pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+12127414505

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