Friends of the Academy
The following organizations provide additional avenues for Freemasons to explore Masonic history and philosophy. They also serve as excellent resources for those in our Masonic Scholars Program. We encourage everyone to explore the opportunities that each of these groups provides.
Established in 1928, the Philalethes Society is the oldest independent Masonic research society in North America, serving thousands of members around the world.
Quator Coronati Lodge No. 2076
Quatuor Coronati is the world’s premier research lodge. Established in 1884 (and consecrated in 1886), the lodge’s founders wished to advance an evidence-based approach to study Masonic history and research the origins of Freemasonry. Their approach was intended to replace the more imaginative writings of earlier authors and was later referred to as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research.
The Masonic Society
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.
Pennsylvania Lodge of Research
The Pennsylvania Lodge of Research is constituted solely for the purpose of Masonic study. Working under a warrant from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, F. & A.M., the Lodge of Research meets twice a year in different locations around the Commonwealth. During our meetings, Brothers offer presentations on Masonic topics that further our understanding of our Fraternity, including its history, philosophy, and symbolism.
Association of Masonic Arts
Founded in 2013, the Association of Masonic Arts is actively involved in laying the groundwork for a far greater appreciation of the significance of the Masonic Arts, and its recognizable material culture in Western history and beyond. Though the beautiful objects of the Craft have long been a focus of great fondness for Masons, the serious potential in using the wider appreciation of its themes and symbolic meanings has been under-appreciated as a simple way of bringing all those connected with Masonic traditions together.