Christopher Lee Hodapp
Christopher Hodapp is the author of 'Freemasons For Dummies,' the world's best-selling introduction to the Masonic fraternity; 'Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C.' ; and he is the co-author with Alice Von Kannon of 'The Templar Code For Dummies' and 'Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies.' In 2008 he became the founding Editor of The Journal of The Masonic Society, and is today the Editor Emeritus. His 'Freemasons For Dummies' blog has been regularly updated since 2006, and is the world's most popular source of national and international news about the fraternity.
Chris spent twenty three years in advertising as a commercial filmmaker for Dean Crow Productions in Indianapolis, shooting and editing close to 1,000 commercials, music videos and feature films. He has written scripts for corporate and non-profit clients, and his voice has appeared in many television and radio commercials. He is currently the Associate Director of the Masonic Library and Museum of Indiana in Indianapolis.
Chris received his college education at Indiana University, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Valley College, California State University at Northridge, and Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis.
For those who really care about such things, as a Freemason he is a Past Master of Broad Ripple Lodge #643 and of Lodge Vitruvian #767, Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana; and a member Internet Lodge #9659 in the Province of East Lancashire of the United Grand Lodge of England. He is also an honorary member of Vincennes Lodge No. 1, Plymouth-Kilwinning Lodge #149, Ancient Landmarks Lodge #319, Garfield Lodge #569, and Logan Lodge #575 in Indiana; African Lodge #459, Prince Hall Affiliation, in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Grand Lodge of New Mexico AF&AM.
Chris is a 33° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley. He is a founding member of Levant Preceptory, a medieval Knights Templar period recreation degree team in the York Rite, and he is an officer of the Indiana College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis. He belongs to numerous other Masonic appendant organizations, including Shriners International Murat Oasis in Indianapolis.
Chris is a Founding Fellow of The Masonic Society, and served as the first editor of the Society's quarterly magazine. He is a member of Indiana's Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D., Iowa Research Lodge No. 2, the Scottish Rite Research Society, the Philalethes Society, the Grand College of Rites of the United States of America, the Bristol Masonic Society, and the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle.
He was the editor and a contributor to "Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith" by the Knights of the North, a Masonic leadership think-tank. He has written for Indianapolis Monthly, Masonic Magazine, Templar History, the Scottish Rite Journal, the Knight Templar Magazine, the Indiana Freemason , the Phylaxis, and numerous other publications.
Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon developed episode outlines for the History Channel program, 'Brad Meltzer's Decoded' in 2010, and contributed material on conspiracies and secret societies for TruTV and the American Heroes Channel. They are both frequently interviewed on the subjects of Freemasonry, fraternalism, the Knights Templar, and 'secret societies,' appearing on National Public Radio, the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and the American Heroes Channel - most recently in 2017 on 'America: Facts vs Fiction.'
Chris's most recent book, 'HERITAGE ENDURES: Perspectives On 200 Years Of Indiana Freemasonry,' was published in 2018.
He and Alice live in Indianapolis with Sophie, the Flying Poodle.
Awards and Recognition
- Awarded the Caleb B. Smith Medal of Honor on May 16th, 2018 by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Free & Accepted Masons.