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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Iowa Research Lodge at the Scottish Rite Center

2012 Semi-annual Meeting
Iowa Research Lodge No. 2
Friday, January 18, 2013

Scottish Rite Masonic Center • 6th & Park Sts • Des Moines, IA

  • Open Lodge 5:30 p.m. - Business Mtg Masons Only
  • Research Semi-Annual Dinner
  • Ladies Invited 6:15 p.m. $20 per person
Send Reservations by Mon., January 14 to
IRL 2 • P. O. Box 13048 • Des Moines, IA 50310
or call 515-255-7600 for reservations/email
Give a 2013 Membership - $30.00 + 4.25 postage
New Members Receive 3 Books from our library plus the 2013 Book a $45.00 Value

"European Freemasonry"
Dr. Natalie Bayers, Assistant Professor, Drake University
Scottish Rite Masonic Center • 6th & Park Sts • Des Moines, IA
A native of Russia, Natalie Bayer graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in modern European history. In 2000 she moved to the US to pursue her education. She received her Ph.D. in European intellectual history from Rice University in 2007, writing her doctorate thesis on interactions between European and Russian Masonic lodges during the eighteenth century. 

After teaching at Trinity University in San Antonio as a Visiting Assistant Professor between 2007-2009, Dr. Bayer was selected as the inaugural post-doctoral fellow for the study of Freemasonry and Fraternalism at the History Department of UCLA, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of California.
Working with Professor Margaret Jacob, Dr. Bayer was responsible for creating and teaching an innovative course on Freemasonry and Fraternalism in European History. Bayer taught the course at UCLA and at the Grand Lodge of California. 

In August 2010 she took up the tenure-tracked position of Assistant Professor at Drake University in Des Moines, where she now teaches coursesin European and Russian history and the history of Freemasonry.

Dr. Bayer has published extensively on the subject of eighteenth-century Freemasonry in English, Russian, French and Spanish, and actively participates in national and international conferences. Her keynote speeches on Masonic-related topics include papers delivered at the Centre for the Research of Freemasonry and Fraternalism at the University of Sheffield (UK), the Canonbury Conference in London (UK) and the symposium on “Expressions of Freemasonry” at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

In addition to her teaching and research, Bayer is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism  ); a member of the academic committee of the International Conference on the History of Freemasonry and a member of the standards and practices of Masonic research committee for the Quarry Project.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Party 2012

Master of Kadosh for 2012 John W. Clearman and Master of Kadosh elect for 2013 Daniel R. Hobson opened wide the doors of the Des Moines Consistory for the 2012 Holiday Party Wednesday evening, December 12. A large crowd enjoyed  heavy hors d’ouevres, live music, and the fine fellowship only a Scottish Rite party at the Des Moines Consistory can offer!

The evening began with the installation of officers. Bill Clark, 33°, stepped in to serve as the installing Master of Ceremonies as Ron Lindhart, 33°, acted as the evening’s Installing Officer.   

After the installation ceremony, the party began downstairs in the beautifully decorated Tapestry Lounge. With a live jazz quartet playing in the background, Scottish Rite Masons and their guests enjoyed a lovely evening filled with food, camaraderie, and holiday cheer. (MM)