In January 2006 I began a new position as the Director of Collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. As the “historian in residence” it is my duty to know all there is to know about Washington’s membership in, and relationship to, Freemasonry.
Yet, it was more than seven years before I realized a completely new approach was needed. Not in just researching, identifying. and locating every item that documented Washington’s membership, but also placing those items in a wholly new context of Washington life. Prior to 2013, I was told by other Masonic researchers and other Washington scholars that there was nothing left to discover and not much more to understand.