Grand Masonic Day 2024 Keynote Chris Hodapp Interview

In this episode I am honored to present my recent interview with Br. Chris Hodapp. We talk about his upcoming appearance at Grand Masonic Day 2024 as our keynote speaker, how posting over 5000 entries in his blog was no big deal, and whether Freemasonry is ONLY for Dummies. Enjoy!

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Christopher L. Hodapp is the author of Freemasons For Dummies, the world's best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity. His blog of the same name is the most widely read source of current national and international news about Freemasonry. He has been a Mason since 1998, and is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge 643, Lodge Vitruvian 767 and the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, all in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of the Masonic Society twelve years ago. His most recent Masonic book was Heritage Endures for the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of Indiana in 2018.

Chris is a 33rd degree Mason in the Scottish Rite. In the York Rite, he is a founding member of Levant Preceptory, Indiana’s medieval Knight Templar degree team. He’s belongs to countless other Masonic organizations and research groups, and is Friar #101 in the Society of Blue Friars, an organization that honors Masonic authors. In 2018 he was awarded the Caleb B. Smith Medal of Honor by the Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana for his "distinguished service to Freemasonry in Indiana and worldwide." He currently serves the Grand Lodge as Director of the Indiana Masonic Library and Museum and numerous committees.

Chris has authored six books about Freemasonry, fraternalism, and various secretive societies, and two have been with his wife and collaborator, Alice Von Kannon.  He and Alice have appeared on the History Channel, NatGeo, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. They have both written for the History Channel and TruTV, and they’ve written several books for the For Dummies series, most recently, RVs & Campers For Dummies.

Chris and Alice recently celebrated their 47th anniversary, and they live in Indianapolis with their canine companions, Sophie the Flying Poodle and Max the idiot circus dog, who have them both answering to basic commands. They can frequently be found startling the wildlife and dazzling the rustics in their Airstream trailer as they crisscross the country. Appropriately, their newest book together is RV Vacations For Dummies, released in June 2023.

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Coming up on May 25th is Grand Masonic Day at Agnes Street in New Westminster BC. Also mark your calendars for Sept 27th-29th for Esotericism in Freemasonry Conference 2024 in Seattle Washington.

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Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again.

Christopher L. Hodapp
May 15, 2024

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