Committed to the principle that an informed Mason is a better Mason, the Illinois Lodge of Research encourages members to study subjects connected with the Craft and offers opportunities to share research with other lodge members and our brethren in general.

Annual Transactions of the
Illinois Lodge of Research

In the late fall or early winter of every year, the Illinois Lodge of Research releases its Annual Transactions for the previous Masonic Year (which ended at the Annual Meeting in early October). More than just a simple accounting of the minutes of the annual meeting (though that is a part of it), the Transactions also include any research papers that were submitted, accepted, and selected for inclusion in the periodic publication.

There are Annual Transactions going back to the lodge’s inception in the mid-1970s and these are all located within the Illinois Lodge of Research’s Masonic Library at the Normal Masonic Temple in Normal, Illinois. Many of the newer transactions are kept in PDF format and available for the review and use of the lodge members. In fact, from 2017 moving forward, the Annual Transactions are only available in electronic PDF format.

The Annual Transactions are a benefit of membership in the Illinois Lodge of Research. Currently, only members have access to the current issue plus the 40+ from previous years. For more information, visit the Masonic Library in Normal or send an email to info@illinoislodgeofresearch.org.

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Mid-State Educational Symposium
March 24th, 2018 • Homer Masonic Temple, Homer, Illinois

Early Summer 2018 North-State Educational Symposium
June 23rd, 2018 • Libertyville Masonic Temple, Libertyville, Illinois

Deadline for articles for Annual Transactions
July 31st, 2018 to WB Hilton Kaufman

Lodge of Research Annual Meeting
October 5th, 2018 in the afternoon at Grand Lodge

“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again. Born writers of the future are amazed already at what they’re seeing now, what we’ll all see in time for the first time, and then see imitated many times by made writers.”

— Jack Kerouac

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From a group of like-minded brethren, advice and instruction on researching and writing, to opportunities to expose your creativity, learn why our lodge is unique.

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Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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Secretary

WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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Treasurer

MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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