The Pennsylvania Lodge of Research was warranted by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania effective St. John's Day, Dec. 27, 2000, and Thomas W. Jackson, R.W.P.G.S., was named Warrant Master. The new Research Lodge is open to all Master Masons belonging to a lodge in any jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Masons under the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will be regarded as full members and those from other jurisdictions will be associate members.

The Lodge of Research will meet twice a year at different locations within the state. All who join within the Masonic year 2001 will be charter members. Since a Lodge of Research is not a Craft Lodge, it does not interfere with, or count as, a dual membership.

The initiation fee is $50, which will include a member's jewel, and the annual dues will be $25. To join the Research Lodge, a Master Mason must contact Mrs. Joanne Ford in the Office of Masonic Education to request a petition. After the applicant receives the petition, he must complete it, acquire verification of membership by his lodge secretary, and return it with the initiation fee and dues to: the Office of Masonic Education, Masonic Temple, One North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.