The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library

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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.

10/22/2018

Update on 10/30 Lecture!
Please note:
If you have not already sent in your RSVP to this month's Free Monthly Lecture, Mitch Horowitz speaking Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 pm,

Occult America – The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

The lecture venue is now FILLED TO CAPACITY and there are no more seats. Please do not arrive at the Library unless you have a confirmed RSVP, or are one of the first 40 people on Facebook to indicate attendance.

We will be having a check-in list at the door, and we request that you arrive before the normal arrival time of 6:30 in order to have everyone seated in time for the 6:45 start.

The lecturer has offered to return to do a repeat engagement on November 13 for those who wish to attend but who did not RSVP in time. If you are one of those, please send an email to [email protected], and we will start an RSVP list for November 13.

Kind regards,

Joseph Patzner
Librarian
Robert R Livingston Masonic Library & Museum

Catherine Walter
Curator
Robert R Livingston Masonic
Library & Museum

Happenings at our Library. http://nymasoniclibrary.org/recent-acquisitions/?fbclid=IwAR12kRz-sC_rPIwF8ofoW8vh-6-OtLsQagG...
10/19/2018
Recent Acquisitions – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Happenings at our Library. http://nymasoniclibrary.org/recent-acquisitions/?fbclid=IwAR12kRz-sC_rPIwF8ofoW8vh-6-OtLsQagGoHdwRvfjQhQeUgr1N8WwxDTU

and http://nymasoniclibrary.org/an-1889-cornerstone-trowel-made-by-tiffany-co/

Posted on August 28, 2018August 29, 2018 by Joseph PatznerRecent Acquisitions If you are interested in deepening your understanding of the early history of Freemasonry and its influence of Freemasonry throughout the United States and Europe, visit the library’s reading room to browse our recent ac...

Our June Lecture is coming up!  Mystical Symbolism and Music with Angel Millar and Tony Crisos who will present the Kyba...
06/14/2018
Free Library Lecture Series: Lecture No. 6 ~ Mystical Symbolism and Music – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Our June Lecture is coming up! Mystical Symbolism and Music with Angel Millar and Tony Crisos who will present the Kybalion, Sacred Geometry and a Musical Performance! Please don't forget to RSVP.

Sponsored by The Square Club of the Fourth Masonic District of Manhattan, Inc., Thursday, June 28, the Livingston Masonic Library will be hosting Brother Tony Crisos and Brother Angel Millar who will present a lecture and concert titled: Mystical Symbolism and Music: a Salon de la Rose Croix Lecture...

05/30/2018

The Library honors the 165th Anniversary of Continental Lodge No. 287

Special Library Hours Next Week!The Library is closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day, and closed for all but ...
05/25/2018
Library Closed Monday, May 28 – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Special Library Hours Next Week!
The Library is closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day, and closed for all but book returns on Tuesday, May 29, due to filming in the Reading Room.
Please excuse any inconvenience.

A Boy Scout salutes at the foot of a grave after volunteers placed flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in preparation for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

The Livingston Library was pleased and proud to install this week a temporary exhibit for the benefit of two A.P History...
05/25/2018
Special Exhibit at the Library for over 100 Visitors – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

The Livingston Library was pleased and proud to install this week a temporary exhibit for the benefit of two A.P History high school classes, as well as for a large group of Librarians. We welcomed these 3 separate groups, one each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a total of over 100 visitors.

Posted on May 24, 2018May 24, 2018 by Catherine WalterSpecial Exhibit at the Library for over 100 Visitors This past week, the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York was pleased and proud to mount a temporary exhibit in honor of three separate visitor groups. T...

Sponsor For the Library Lecture Series – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New Yo...
05/24/2018
Sponsor For the Library Lecture Series – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Sponsor For the Library Lecture Series – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Posted on May 23, 2018May 23, 2018 by Catherine WalterSponsor For the Library Lecture Series The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York is pleased, proud and very happy to announce that the Free Monthly Lecture Series has found a Sponsor for the next seven Lect...

05/10/2018

Livingston Masonic Library Closed this Friday, May 11, 2018!
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After having been open this past Sunday before Grand Lodge ....(please plan a visit on Sunday next year!) ...the Library will be closed, Friday, May 11.
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Please excuse any inconvenience.

01/12/2018

Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, January 15, in honor or Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

01/10/2018
A Travel though the Livingston Masonic Library's Resources

With the start of a new school semester, check out our lecture on our Library's resources, and how we can help you with your research!

As the Librarian of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library, Jo-Ann Wong speaks about the various resources and types of research that can be cond...

01/08/2018

Please note that the Library's Reading Room will be closed on January 11, due to filming. Library offices will remain open. We apologize for the inconvenience.

12/22/2017

Please note that the Library will be closed from December 25-29, in observance of the holidays.

Check out the amazing work that our Fall 2017 Archives Intern, Sarah Jacobs, has been doing at the Library!
12/11/2017
Archiving at the Library – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Check out the amazing work that our Fall 2017 Archives Intern, Sarah Jacobs, has been doing at the Library!

Posted on December 11, 2017December 11, 2017 by Jo-ann WongArchiving at the Library By Sarah Jacobs, Archives Intern For the past three months, I have been interning at the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library in their Archives. I have used my experience at this institution, to supplement?...

Read our recap on last week's wonderful lecture, with MW Daniel Semel!
12/05/2017
A Recap of “The First Jewish Grand Master: A Lecture with MW Daniel Semel” – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Read our recap on last week's wonderful lecture, with MW Daniel Semel!

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Jo-ann WongA Recap of “The First Jewish Grand Master: A Lecture with MW Daniel Semel” On November 30, 2017, the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library was honored to have Most Worshipful Daniel Semel as our Speaker for the Month. His lecture, The First Jewis...

12/04/2017

Please note that the Library's hours will be adjusted tomorrow, December 5, to 8:30-4:30PM.

11/22/2017

The Library will be closed on November 23-24, in observance of this holiday week. Happy Thanksgiving!

11/20/2017

Please note that the Library Reading Room will be closed on November 21 for filming, but offices will remain open.

Check out new books that have been recently added to the collection!
11/15/2017
Check Out New Books in the Library! – The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of the Grand Lodge of New York

Check out new books that have been recently added to the collection!

Posted on November 15, 2017November 15, 2017 by Jo-ann WongCheck Out New Books in the Library! Next time you come to the Library, make sure to check out our 3 new books that were recently added to the collection! Reclaiming the Soul of Freemasonry by Sovereign Grand Commander John Wm. McNaughton [Ca...

11/09/2017

Please note that the Library will be closed tomorrow, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day!

Take a look at Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill, both Freemasons, meeting for the first time at the Potsdam Confere...
11/01/2017
Instagram post by @nymasoniclibrary • Nov 1, 2017 at 8:19pm UTC

Take a look at Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill, both Freemasons, meeting for the first time at the Potsdam Conference. With Joseph Stalin (not pictured), they were to decide how to handle post-war Germany after Nazi surrender. Don't forget to visit the Library, to see the rest of our Truman-related #archives #research #freemasonry #president #politics

3 Likes, 1 Comments - @nymasoniclibrary on Instagram: “Take a look at Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill, both Freemasons, meeting for the first time…”

10/31/2017
The Restoration of King Solomon's Temple: A Magic Lantern Show

In light of Halloween, take a step back in history and watch our Magic Lantern Show, containing images of original lantern slides! And, don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!

On December 15, 2016, the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library hosted a Magic Lantern Show that was narrated by R∴W∴Peter A. Flihan. The show was o...

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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.

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Tuesday 12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 12:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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