The Maine Lodge of Research was ...
Organized April 21, 1979;
Insituted August 14, 1981;
Received its charter as a research lodge May 5, 1982; and
Constituted June 26, 1982.
Since then we have met at least quarterly in various locations across Maine. Since our first Stated the topics of study, discussion, presentation and publishing have included a vast and impressive array of regional, global and historical subjects related to the Craft, directly spawned from the interests our members. Becoming a member will allow you to determine where we go next.
(Photo: The Lodge sponsored a public viewing of The Magic Flute as performed by Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.)
Many of our members are speakers and educators on Masonic topics. We welcome you to contact us if you're interested in having a guest speaker come to your Lodge. We are happy to act as a middleman connecting Brothers with lodges looking for a guest program.
Our charter is under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Maine, but we are not part of the Maine Charitable Foundation, don't vote in the Annual Grand Lodge meeting and are not part of any district. Thus, we are the most unique Lodge in the state and brave our a path with unique challenges. We are not connected to the Maine Masonic College, though many of our members work with the MMC via serving as Regents and teachers.
This website was created summer 2017 and replaced the website that was through the Grand Lodge of Maine. That website went defunct in 2016 when the Grand Lodge gave
their website a complete facelift and changed responsibility for its maintenance.
Our work has included a public presentation of the Masonic themed opera The Magic Flute that brought together Masonry and the community in a positive and entertaining evening.
We also hosted a semi-annual meeting of the Philalethes Society research society, which included Masonic guest speakers of note. Click here to find out more via their official website.
We also regularly support the on-going development of the Grand Lodge of Maine Library through financial donations. Some of these went to the purchase of Kindles and e-books.
More importantly, the Lodge has provided a place for presentation and publication for many Brothers who might not had an outlet elsewhere to share their interests. Along this line we've recognized those whose publishing has gone above and beyond via our Fellows.
Starting in 1980 the Lodge published an annual transaction of Masonic writings that were presented to the Lodge, along with other submitted writings of concern to the Craft. The transactions ended after over twenty volumes that can now be found in Masonic libraries across the country.
In 1984 the Lodge reprinted the Masonic history lectures of reknown Maine attorney, Harvard law professor and Christian apologist Simon Greenleaf, Esq., A Brief Inquiry into the Origin & Principles of Freemasonry. Brother Greenleaf, namesake of an annual Grand Lodge of Maine award and a California law school, was an important player in the development of the Christian school of thought known as juridical apologetics. This path saw legally trained scholars applying the form of proof, argument and cross-examination to determine the authenticity of the Gospels.
The previous version of this website was a recipient of the George Washingon Past Master Award in 2002. This was an annual recognition for outstanding and easy to maneuver Masonic websites that was presented from 1999-2011. For a list of all the award winners click here for the official website.
In 2008 we became the first Lodge of Research to be honored with a Mark Twain Award For Excellence In Masonic Awareness. This award was given out annually between 2006 and 2012, recognizing a total of 129 organizations. Click here to visit the official website of the Award and see a list of all the recipients.
It was sponsored by a department of the Masonic Service Association. Click here to find out about the Masonic Service Association.
The MSANA was created in 1919 by Grand Lodges in the U.S. for the purpose of better providing aid to servicemen fighting abroad. The War Department, now called the Department of Defense, refused to work with 49 autonomous Grand Lodges. The MSA continued its work going into World War II via a volunteer program in overseas hospitals that continues to the present day. Additional work since the beginning years that has continued to mold itself to changing international situations has included publishing educational materials to promote Freemasonry and world-wide disaster relief appeals.
Receiving the Award brought additional recognition via mention on the personal Masonic blog of Brother Nick Johnson in Minnesota, The Millennial Freemason: Insights into the Mind of a Young Freemason. We quote the entire post of March 26, 2009, while it can also be read by clicking here for the original post:
MSANA's Masonic Information Center has awarded 24 Lodges the Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Masonic Awareness. One notable Lodge (although I have to admit that all of them are notable just from receiving this award) is the Maine Lodge of Research. If none of you are familiar with this particular Research Lodge, it is one of the premier Lodges in the world. The Maine Lodge of Research, because it allows Master Masons of all recognized jurisdiction of Maine to join, boasts an impressive list of members and fellows including John J. Robinson, Tom Jackson, Paul Bessel and Ed King. I really want to congratulate all the Lodges that have been honored with this important distinction in Masonry.