Given the interest here in Freemasonry I thought I'd add that there is a new Masonic Research society aptly titled The Masonic Society. While full
membership requires one to be a Master mason you can subscribe to a wonderfull and well done quarterly magazine written and edited by the likes of
Christopher Hodapp and other famous Masonic authors.
What Is The Masonic Society?™
A significant group of passionate Masons are coming together to create what aims to be nothing less than the premier North American research society
in Freemasonry. Called simply The Masonic Society, we are gathering together brothers who have a deep and abiding desire to seek knowledge, explore
history, discover symbolism, debate philosophies, and in short, who will be at the forefront of charting a path for the future of Freemasonry.
As a student of Freemasonry, you are invited to join with us in the formation of this new and exciting organization.
Our name, The Masonic Society, intentionally alludes to the Royal Society, the innovative organization of visionary men who were at the forefront of
the Age of Enlightenment, many of whom were present at the formation of what became modern Freemasonry. Likewise, our new Society will be at the
forefront of a new age of Freemasonry, and we intend to be a vibrant, active community within the fraternity.
The goal of The Masonic Society is not just to look backward at the history of Freemasonry, but to foster the intellectual, spiritual and social
growth of the modern Masonic fraternity.
To that end, The Masonic Society extends the hand of assistance and cooperation to individual Masonic research lodges in North America. It is the
desire of The Masonic Society to be a partner with these lodges, to give their members the regular opportunity to publish their papers for an
international audience, and to publicize their activities.
The Masonic Society is also forging a special relationship with those bodies that meet annually during Masonic Week, as well as the Grand Encampment,
Knights Templar and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. While not designed as a York Rite-specific research group, The
Masonic Society encourages examination of this branch of Freemasonry.
Membership in The Masonic Society is $39 per year ($49 outside of the U.S. & Canada). Benefits will include:
• Commemorative pin, patent of membership, and dues card.
• The quarterly Journal of The Masonic Society will present articles that enlighten our past, and explore solutions to the challenges facing
Freemasonry today and tomorrow. The Journal will feature articles by the best-known authors in Freemasonry, as well as the brethren from the lodges in
your neighborhood. There will also be articles from the non-Masonic academic world that is looking with greater interest than ever at our fraternity
and its place in society. We'll bring you timely Masonic news, photos and commentary from around the globe, in full color. The Journal will also
feature advertising from a select group of publishers, regalia manufacturers, and fraternal supply companies which specialize in products specific to
Freemasons – the only magazine of its kind to do so in America and Canada.
• Members-only access to the Masonic Society online Internet forum.
• Annual First Circle gatherings – Each year, The Masonic Society will be an active participant in the Allied Masonic Degrees "Masonic
Week," held in February in Alexandria, Virginia. This will include the annual First Circle gathering. An additional symposium will be held elsewhere
in the US or Canada once a year. These events will be educational, informative, but most of all, fun and memorable to attend.
Fellows of the Masonic Society will be named each year, in recognition of their contribution to the body of knowledge of the fraternity, through their
writing, their In