The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge F.& A.M of Wisconsin chartered Silas H. Shepherd Lodge in 1983. Its registry number, 1843 was chosen because it represents the year of the founding of the Grand Lodge. It is a special kind of lodge, and the only duly chartered research lodge in Wisconsin.
Silas H. Shepherd Lodge is a statewide lodge and does not compete with other lodges. Plural membership is open to all Master Masons in good standing, regularly constituted lodges, Masonic libraries and Masonic bodies may join Silas H. Shepherd Lodge as sustaining members.
The lodge's namesake, Silas H. Shepherd, was a leader of Masonic education in Wisconsin. As chairman of the Grand Lodge Research Committee between 1916 and 1936, he was nationally recognized for his scholarly writings on Masonic subjects.
The work of Silas H. Shepherd Lodge of Research appeals to both the serious Masonic scholar and the writer. In addition, Master Masons who enjoy fellowship of like-minded men at informational meetings and like to read about Masonic events, history and people will find its meetings interesting.
From its beginning, the Silas H. Shepherd Lodge has endeavored to nurture a true love of research and scholarship. The annual transactions of the lodge contain papers of this kind.
If you enjoy true Masonic fellowship and Wisconsin Masonic history as well as stimulating discussions of matters important to Freemasonry, you should become a member of Silas H. Shepherd Lodge of Research No. 1843 F. & A. M.
The lodge meets on the 2nd Saturday of March, June, and September at selected lodges throughout the state. The December meeting is held at the Oconomowoc/Hartland Masonic Center. The dues are $30.00 per year and include access to all transactions and publications via our Member's Only website and if desired, printed copies mailed to your address.