Chris B. Ruli is a renowned writer and researcher on American Freemasonry. Based in Washington, D.C., Ruli's work primarily focuses on the early development of Freemasonry in the city and the fraternity's interactions with the Presidents of the United States.
Ruli has served as the former Grand Historian and Librarian of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia and currently holds similar positions in the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies in Washington. His research has been featured in several Masonic and non-Masonic publications such as Philalethes, Heredom, Plumbline, Scottish Rite Journal, and the D.C. Historical Society.
As an expert in his field, Ruli has been invited to speak on popular Masonic podcasts such as the Masonic Roundtable, the Scottish Rite Journal podcast, and the 1600 Sessions – a podcast by the White House Historical Association. He has also appeared on the History Channel to discuss Freemasonry and the White House.
Ruli is an active member of Federal Lodge No. 1 in DC and Alexandria-Washington No. 22 in Virginia, where he serves in various archival roles for both bodies. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, he continues to make significant contributions to the study and understanding of American Freemasonry.