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The Ohio Lodge of Research is chartered by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio and operates for the purpose of encouraging Masonic study and research.  We are Freemasons committed to sharing our enthusiasm for Masonry and the Light we have gained through presentations, publication, and fellowship.  This internet portal is an opportunity to share beyond the walls of our Lodges and beyond the borders of our state.  Please enjoy the available information, consider joining us for a discussion, and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us.  Together we learn and together we grow.

The next meeting of the Ohio Lodge of Research
September 21, 2019
Location: Lancaster Lodge #57
224 South Main St.
Lancaster, Ohio

Meeting of the Actives: 1pm
General Meeting of Master Masons:  3pm. 

Speaker:  RWB Kenneth Cohen; DDGM of the 14th District
Past Master of Reynoldsburg #340
Topic:  Royal Scofield Society

All Master Masons in good standing with a Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Ohio are welcome to attend the General Meeting.  Consider joining us for a day of Masonic education and invite your Brothers to join us. 

Any Members (Active or Associate) who wish to make a presentation should contact the Master or the Secretary to be placed on the schedule of an upcoming meeting. Preference in scheduling will be given to Associate Members seeking to present for consideration as an Active Member, followed by Active members wishing to present original work, and finally any Brothers wishing to present or lead discussions of a topic to stimulate the interests and education of the participants.

Discussion Forums
A beneficial feature of the new Ohio Lodge of Research Website is the addition of discussion forums.  If you have used discussion forums on other websites, you will recognize a similar format.  If you are not familiar with discussion forums, they are a method for the Members of the Ohio Lodge of Research to communicate with one another, share ideas, and stimulate good conversation.  We hope the discussion forums become an area of heavy traffic.  Feel free to use these discussions to get to know your Brothers of the Ohio Lodge of Research, share new ideas related to Masonry, have your questions answered, and explore new topics.  The value of the discussion forums is limited only by your imagination and willingness to participate.  Follow the Discussion link at the top of the page and visit frequently to keep up with the conversations.

Discussion Forums are only visible to registered Members of the Ohio Lodge of Research.

Member Introductions

One of the challenges of the Ohio Lodge of Research is having a membership that is geographically distributed all over the state of Ohio (and beyond).  This can make it difficult for everyone to get to know one another.
Take advantage of the "Member Introductions" discussion group to share information about yourself with the Brothers of the Lodge and learn more about others who also have interests in Masonic Research.
Topics of Discussion

Have a question to which you've been trying to find the answer?  Or, want to see if others are interpreting an idea the same way you are?  Start a new thread in this general discussion group.

The topics that can be discussed here are limited only by your imaginations and your willingness to share.  Frequent and open conversations will benefit Masonic research throughout Ohio and beyond.
Works in Progress

Have a paper or presentation that you've been working on, but haven't been able to put on the finishing touches.  Post it to the "Works in Progress" folder of the Document database and start a thread in the corresponding discussion group in order to get feedback from your fellow researchers in the Ohio Lodge of Research.
Officers and Administrators will not consider your work for submission until you are satisfied with your product and formally submit it to the Lodge for consideration.

Can you help with the
Document Library?

One of the beneficial features of our new website is the document library.  We have already uploaded several of the previous volumes of OLR Proceedings.  In the future, it will be used to quickly and efficiently share new submissions, writings, and publications with the membership.
However, several volumes are not currently available in this electronic library.  If you have access to any of the following volumes of the "Proceedings of the Ohio Lodge of Research," we would appreciate them being shared with us so they can be digitized and uploaded to the website.

Volumes of the Proceedings of the Ohio Lodge of Research Needed:

Volume XIII:  1985
Volume XX:  1991
Volume XXV:  1997 - 2003

Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to help us locate past volumes of the proceedings.  Only 3 volumes are currently missing from our electronic archives.
Recent Publications

The following papers were recently presented during the General Meeting of the Ohio Lodge of Research.  (Note:  the links will only be accessible to members)

MWB Nelson M Williams

Rufus Putnam &The First Settlement in Ohio (The Masonic Impact)

The Living Stones Magazine Was edited by WB Robert Herd, but is no longer in print. WB Herd has since made all issues of the magazine available  for download. 

Living Stones