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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.


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.

Have a Paper that you would like to present the the Brothers of the Ohio Lodge of Research?

Contact Worshipful Brother Stacoffe at master@ohiolodgeofresearch to make sure your topic is included in the agenda for the next meeting and the Brothers are aware of the topics to be discussed.

Have an idea for a paper?
Consider starting a new topic thread in the discussion group or sharing your work in progress to get the assistance of the Brothers of the Ohio Lodge of Research.

All Proceedings of the Ohio Lodge of Research are now available and searchable in the Documents Section of this site.
[Available to Members]

Thank you to everyone who helped us locate all of the print copies of the Proceedings.
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

Requirements for Submission
The guidelines and requirements for submitting work to the Ohio Lodge of Research are provided in the document: Submission Requirements.  Writings should follow the  AQC Style Guide.  If you are looking for inspiration or unsure of how to begin writing a Masonic paper, consider reading Writing a Masonic Paper as it was published by the Philalethes Society.

250 Years of Growth and Service to God and Man
The document shown to the left was recently discovered in the files of the Ohio Lodge of Research. It is an 8 x 12 page with an amazing amount of information printed in that small space. The document is double sided, however the two sides are identical with one exception: one side is in color, the other is in black and white.  Although obviously printed in 1967 for the 250th anniversary of Freemasonry, it is unclear what specific organization was responsible for the printing.  If you have any additional information about the document, please share it with the officers of the OLR for inclusion in the database.

Click on the image to download a pdf version that can be viewed with magnification.