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.

Just for Members of the
Illinois Lodge of Research

Being a member of the Illinois Lodge of Research gives you certain benefits, advantages, and special opportunities that non-members don’t have. Becoming a member of our lodge is easy! And it doesn’t mean that you have to demit from your “home” lodge. Interested in joining Illinois’ only Lodge of Research? Find out more here.

Member Benefits
Members of the Illinois Lodge of Reseach enjoy certain benefits. Click here to find out more and see if the minimal cost to join and maintain your membership in our lodge is worth it. We think you’ll agree that it is.

Call for Research Paper Submissions
Every year, the Illinois Lodge of Research publishes its Annual Transactions. It’s something we’ve done from our beginning in 1976 (yes, we have 20+ years of Masonic education — talk about a valuable member benefit for you and your lodge). Click here to learn about this year’s Call for Research Papers. Hurry, the deadline is approaching (July 31st).

General Guidelines
While we’re refining the details of our guidelines for submitting a research paper or presentation — as well as determining an exact style guideline — we do have some general guidelines available for anyone considering submission of a research paper. Click here to learn more.

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Want to join or know a Master Mason who would enjoy the Illinois Lodge of Research? Download a petition by clicking here.

You can also download our combination brochure AND petition by clicking here. Learn about the Illinois Lodge of Research and see if we are the right fit for your Masonic education needs and desires.

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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

“A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.”

— Joseph Conrad

Learn About the Lodge

Like any Masonic lodges, we have a structure and predictability. There are some distinct differences, however. We invite you to learn more.

Member Benefits

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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If you think you'd like to join the Illinois Lodge of Research, we have everything you need to make that a reality. Find out how to take the next step.

We'd Like to Hear From You

The Illinois Lodge of Research values the ideas, opinions, and input of our members. We'd like to hear from you when you have a problem, inspiration, or would like to contribute in some way to the lodge or overall Craft. Please reach out to our Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary or complete the quick-inquiry form below.

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Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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