Freemasonry also known as Masonry or The Craft, is an ancient and noble fraternity. The beginnings of which are lost to history. Although Masonry is believed to be the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world, the exact date of its founding is uncertain. Freemasonry can, however, be easily traced to sixteenth century Scotland although the first Masonic governing body was not founded until 1717 in London. By 1723, the Constitutions of the Freemasons were assembled and published, and although that document explicitly refers to an alleged meeting of masons in England assembled by Prince Edwin, the son of the tenth-century Saxon king Athelstan, there is no supporting evidence to this claim. Despite this, theories that the fraternity is much older than the Age of Enlightenment exist, and most historians accept that the Craft is descended from the medieval stonemason’s guilds.
Our Mission is to raise the moral, social, intellectual, and spiritual conscience of society through service to God, family, country, and self under the Fatherhood of God within the Brotherhood of Man guided by the enduring and relevant tenets of our fraternity--Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
The Manhattan Area Shrine Club, located in North Central Kansas, is home to more than 100 Shriners. We are associated with the ISIS Temple located in Salina Kansas. We proudly support the Shriners Hospital for Children located in St. Louis, Missouri, dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive care in a family-centered environment at no charge – regardless of financial need.
Illustrious Brother James D. Cole, 33°, Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction wants to see YOU at the 2020 RiteCare Conference in St. Louis! Make plans to join us NOW! Space is limited!
2020 Marks a New Era for the Scottish Rite Children’s Charities The September Conference kicks it all off!
Scottish Rite Northern Jurisdiction Children’s Dyslexia Centers gather alongside Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction RiteCare Programs across the country to network, learn and grow the programs that serve kids.
2020 Children’s Language & Literacy Conference September 9-11, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri