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Excelsior is a project of the Leadership Committee from the New York Council of Deliberation. It is composed of three online components: Leadership Sessions, Lecture Series and a video news series, XLCR32.

Seth Anthony

Bro. Seth C Anthony, 32° HGA


Fraternal Failures: What Modern Masons Can Learn from Failed Fraternal Orders

Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM

At 7:00 PM on February 22nd, join Bro. Seth C Anthony, 32° HGA, for his program “Fraternal Failures: What Modern Masons Can Learn from Failed Fraternal Orders”

Bro. Anthony is a Past Master of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. In 2018, Seth was honored with the Grand Master’s Outstanding Service medal for his work with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves on several committees and as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge.

He was honored with the Knight York Cross of Honor for his leadership in the York Rite, and is an officer of Francis Marion Highely Chapter, Knights of Rose Croix, of the Valley of Reading, AASR, NMJ. Seth was named one of the first four Hautes Grade Academics of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction for his research into the spread of clandestine Freemasonry in Pennsylvania in the late 1800’s. An avid fraternalist, Bro. Anthony is a member of more than thirty fraternal organizations, holding various leadership positions in many of them, including sitting on the board of directors of both the J.H. Rathbone Museum and the Historical Society for American Fraternalism.

He is an avid collector of fraternal materials and is best known for the “Museum of Fezology,” a website devoted to celebrating the history and cultural implications of the small felt, tasseled hats. The site features items from Seth’s own extensive collection of fezzes, from the apparel of the American Woodmen to the masonic White Shrine of Jerusalem. Seth’s other collecting interests include banners, jewels, and ephemera related to fraternal organizations that are less well-known. He is a frequent guest speaker for fraternal podcasts and events. Seth has been published in the Journal of the Masonic Society, The Knight Templar Magazine, The Freemasons Victoria, and others, and he co-edited the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania F. & A.M.’s newest edition of “The Exemplar: A Guide to a Masons Actions.” Seth holds membership in more than 30 fraternal organizations, serving many as an officer.

In his secular life, Seth is employed as the Director of Sales, Marketing & Business Development for Holleran, a research and consulting firm specializing in the senior living and retirement industry. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Edinboro University, where he majored in psychology, specializing in learning processes. Later, he earned a master’s of science degree from Capella University, majoring in organizational management, with a focus on human resources.

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Leadership Sessions
Excelsior will hold 3 virtual leadership sessions per year, each highlighting programs & ideas designed to help your Valley succeed. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

October 16, 2021
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The Ambassador Program
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

February 12, 2022
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Virtual and Hybrid Meetings and Presentations – Best Practices
D.B. Myron Deputat, 32° MSA

June 16, 2022
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Journey On with Pathfinder
Ill. J.B. McNaughton, 33°

October 19, 2022
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“Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” Part 1
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

February 23, 2023
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“Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” Part 2
Ill. Robert Siebold, 33°

December 14, 2023
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Living Our Scottish Rite Values by Applying the Maxwell Leadership Method
Ill. William Edwards, 33°

Lecture Series
The Lectures Series will present 3 online lectures per year, featuring Masonic & non-Masonic speakers with topics of interest to our Brethren. The upcoming schedule is as follows:

December 28, 2021
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The Civility Mosaic
Brother Russ Charvonia, Past Grand Master of California
April 29, 2022
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Introduction to Contemplative Masonry
Brother C.R. “Chuck” Dunning, Jr.
August 9, 2022
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Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
Jeff Croteau, Director of Library & Archives

December 22, 2022
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A History of the Scottish Rite in New York
Ill. W. Bruce Renner, 33°

April 11, 2023 
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The Play’s the Thing
Ill. James Gregg, 33°

October 18, 2023 
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Osage Indian Murders, the Founding of the FBI and the Masons Involved
Ill. Mark A. Wright, 33°

February 22, 2024 
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Fraternal Failures: What Modern Masons Can Learn from Failed Fraternal Orders
Bro. Seth C Anthony, 32° HGA

XLCR32 is a video newscast service. Valleys are asked to take photos & even video clips of their events and celebrations and email us at [email protected] for instructions on how to send those files to us. Once we have the files along with information about the event, we will compile them into a short video and post it on our Vimeo page (​).