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.

What is the Illinois Lodge of Research

The Illinois Lodge of Research was chartered in 1976 by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Illinois as the only Masonic Research Lodge duly chartered in Illinois. It was formed for the purposes of studying, researching, and recording the history and philosophy of Freemasonry. Membership in the Illinois Lodge of Research is open to all Master Masons who are in good standing in a regular Masonic Lodge. Although the Illinois Lodge of Research is a state-wide lodge, it neither confers degrees nor competes with regular Masonic Lodges.

Masons do not have to demit from their regular Masonic Lodge to join the Illinois Lodge of Research. Also eligible to join are regularly constituted Masonic Lodges, libraries, and related bodies. Since its inception, this Lodge has endeavored to nurture a true love of Masonic research and scholarship which has resulted in many important papers having been published in its Annual Transactions. Today, the Illinois Lodge of Research continues to work in reporting current events and historical analysis important to both Illinois Freemasonry and Masonry in general. Meetings of the Illinois Lodge of Research provide a forum for the open discussion of Masonic events, personages, and current events important to Freemasonry.

Since its inception, this Lodge has endeavored to nurture a true love of Masonic research and scholarship which has resulted in many important papers having been published in its Annual Transactions. Today, the Illinois Lodge of Research continues to work in reporting current events and historical analysis important to both Illinois Freemasonry and Masonry in general. Meetings of the Illinois Lodge of Research provide a forum for the open discussion of Masonic events, personages, and current events important to Freemasonry.

The Lodge of Research also supports our Masonic Library, located at the Normal Masonic Temple. The library is undergoing a transition at the current time but will soon have regular hours as well as a way for members to contact the librarian for special appointments.

Meetings of the Illinois Lodge of Research provide a forum for the open discussion of Masonic events, personages, and current events important to Freemasonry. Our annual meeting is held during Grand Lodge’s Annual Communication every October, in the mid-afternoon of the Friday after the first Grand Lodge session. Members, as well as non-members, are welcome to attend our Annual Meeting, where a brief business meeting is held and a speaker is always featured presenting a fascinating topic on some aspect of Masonic education.

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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

“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”

— Henry David Thoreau

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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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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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