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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.

2022 Annual Meeting of the Lodge of Research


May 21, 2022
Reynoldsburg Lodge #340 in Reynoldsburg, OH
Virtual Meeting Zoom Information
Please Register if attending in person to account for lunch.

Stated Actives Meeting (12:00 pm)
Lunch (1:00 pm)
Educational Associates Meeting (2:00 pm)

WB Jack Freund:   RSS Masterpiece
Of Mortality and Bees:  A Masonic Prescription for Modern Death Anxiety and Thanatophobia

Stated Annual Meeting will also include the election of Officers.  If any Actives would like to be considered for Office in the coming year, please contact RWB Herbert.

The Ohio Lodge of Research Announces the 2022 Norman G. Lincoln Scholarship to be awarded to Ohio Students seeking to further their education.  Please find all relevant information at the following link:

Norman G. Lincoln Scholarship

Thank You to all of the applicants.  The Scholarship Committee is working to make the selections, but you have given us a big challenge with very strong applications.

Brother Pearrow's presentation is now available for viewing in the Virtual Archives:

Keeping secrets safe has been a major tool in the arsenal of modern civilization.  How does cryptography figure into our Masonic heritage? How can the secrets of encoding be applied to the Craft?  What implications are there for the Human Race and beyond?

Virtual Archives of the Lodge of Research


All virtual presentations made before the Ohio Lodge of Research are available as recorded videos. Enjoy past presentations and consider joining the Brothers of the Lodge for the next Virtual Education Night. Links are also provided to recorded presentations of other Masonic Research organizations. If you would like to suggest an additional link to be included in the virtual archives, contact the Webmaster.

OLR continuesVirtual Meetings

In light of the success of recent virtual Masonic Meetings for the purpose of education, the Ohio Lodge of Research will continuehosting virtual meetings, in addition to the face-to-face Stated Meetings for the purpose of speaker presented topics and/or topics of discussion.
Speakers Wanted!

Although the OLR uses stated meetings for the purpose of conducting business, the main function of the Lodge is that "of encouraging Masonic study and research."  Therefore, the focus of all meetings (and the sole purpose of virtual meetings) is to educate.  If you would like to present a topic, lead a discussion, or suggest a speaker from outside of the OLR, please contact the Worshipful Master.

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

Contact Worshipful Master Alex Herbert to insure your topic is included in the agenda for the next stated and the Brothers are aware of the topics to be discussed.

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Hosting Virtual Masonic Education?

Share the topic and relevant information and let the Ohio Lodge of Research spread the word for you.  We can provide the information and link on this page as well as share the information with a group of Brothers always on the lookout for ways to improve their Masonic knowledge.

Thank you to WB Sherry Chandy who will be maintaining the OLR presence on Facebook. If you have any content, comments, or questions about our Facebook page contact the Lodge Secretary at this time.



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Share your Research and Ideas with the Masonic Community
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.

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.