Christopher L. Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the world's best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity.
His Freemasons For Dummies Blog is the most widely read source of current national and international news about Freemasonry.
Chris has written for nearly twenty years about fraternalism, 'secret' and secretive societies, the Knights Templar, and conspiracism.
Chris is a popular speaker around the world. He has been featured numerous times on NPR, History, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and the American Heroes Channel - most recently on "America: Fact Vs. Fiction."
He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana
Perspectives On 200 years of Indiana Freemasonry
by Christopher L. Hodapp
Freemasonry crossed the frontier into the Indiana Territory along the banks of the Wabash River in 1809. It would take nine more years and the declaration of Indiana statehood before the formation of the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM on January 13, 1818 in Madison. Since that time, Indiana's Freemasons have been at the center of their communities, their state, and the nation.
Heritage Endures is a different type of Masonic grand lodge history book. It frames the Hoosier state's fraternity within America's history and the outside Masonic world for the last two centuries. Heritage Endures explores some of the most fascinating, heroic, touching, turbulent, and a few of the most unsettling moments of Indiana's and America's Masonic history.
This book was commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM for its 200th anniversary. But Heritage Endures goes far beyond the borders of Indiana and tells a broader tale of Freemasonry as a fraternal and social force that has evolved and adapted to suit the times in which it has resided. It is a unique series of perspectives of the Masonic fraternity in America as a whole, using the Hoosier state's Masons and their lodges as an example of the nation's wider fraternal landscape.