I've just received my American Lodge of Research hardback copy of Transactions in the mail today- great stuff!
For those of you that don't know, the Transactions is a collection of scholarly papers that members of the Lodge have written. As for the Lodge itself, it "is the oldest Masonic research Lodge in the United States. It was organized in 1931, and has been continuously active and productive since. Although its activities were originally directed towards the study of Masonic history in the United States, the Lodge now encourages work in wider and more general topics of Masonic study." At the website, you can download the FAQ sheet and get "the skinny" on the Lodge.
I had the fortunate experience to join as a Corresponding Member, but it is my sincere desire to join as an Active Member- "Active Membership is limited to Master Masons who have previously published or read a paper before the Lodge or before some other recognized Masonic Lodge of research, or have exhibited some other academic qualification that commends him to the Lodge."
I have a few ideas that I'd like to explore and present, and the ALR presents a GREAT venue to do such...Flipping through the pages, there's a pretty interesting paper that contains information about the Egyptian Rites...Hmmm, I think I have some reading to do!
Now, if I can just get my gauge to read 25...