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The first Lodge of research, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, No. 2076, was organized in 1884. Thereafter many other Grand jurisdictions in the United States and throughout the world began to charter research lodges. The oldest in the United States being the American Lodge of Research in New York City.  In 1950, President Harry S. Truman served as Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research while serving as President of the United States; he had chartered the Lodge in 1941 during his Grand Mastership.

Connecticut is home to two research lodges: the Philosophic Lodge of Research chartered in 1942 and the Masonic Lodge of Research. 

Links To Research Lodges

Missouri Lodge of Research --- Missouri, USA

Philosophic Lodge of Research --- West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Quatuor Coronati Lodge ---London, England, UK

Southern California Research Lodge --- South Pasadena, California, USA