The Lute Society of America, founded in 1966, is devoted to the lute and its music. Membership is open to anyone, anywhere – scholars and listeners as well as amateur or professional players. We share information through our publications, here on our worldwide web pages, and at one or two annual Summer Seminars. Smaller regional meetings are occasionally sponsored as well. Many of our members subscribe to one or more of the e-mail forums operated by Wayne Cripps, in which discussion centers on the lute in general or on more specialized areas relating to historical plucked instruments. There are also several Internet social networking groups on Ning devoted to the lute, the cittern or the vihuela and early guitars.