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Guidelines for Managing Records of Episcopal Offices

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Guidelines for Managing Records of General Agency offices

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Guidelines for Managing Electronic Records

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Guidelines for Managing Electronic Records Ideas and suggestions on structuring and naming your files as well as ways to prepare them for permanent storage. Read More

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Local Church Records

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Baptism and local church membership records are the two most frequently requested materials. The General Commission on Archives and History does not hold such records. In United Methodist practice these records are kept at the local church. If the local church has closed and merged with another church then the… Read More

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Managing Records of the Annual Conference and Local Church

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Managing Records of the Annual Conference [Word Version] Managing Records of the Local Church [Word Version] The General Commission on Archives and History makes these guidelines available to facilitate the planning and creation of retention schedules for your annual conference and local church. They are available in two versions: pdf… Read More

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Guidelines and Publications

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…planning and creation of retention schedules for your annual conference and local church. They are available in two versions: pdf for formatted viewing and printing on line and as an MS Word document. Both versions can be downloaded and printed out. To read the pdf version you will need Adobe's… Read More

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Working with: Records of Closed Churches

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The records of closed and discontinued churches can easily be misplaced or lost. The Book of Discipline provides the following legislation for these records: “All the deeds, records, and other official and legal papers, including the contents of the cornerstone, of a church that is so declared to be abandoned… Read More

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Resources

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This section of our web site has information on how to manage your records, basic preservation tips, ways to celebrate your history and the operations of the conference commission on archives and history. Read More

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Genealogy and Family Research

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…and local church membership records are the two most frequently requested materials. The General Commission on Archives and History does not hold such records. In United Methodist practice these records are kept at the local church. If the local church has closed and merged with another church then the recordsRead More

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Josephine Forman Scholarship

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…Archivist, Ms. Forman collecteded records from closed churches along with administrative records for the Conference. For many years she was also the Church Historian at Travis Park United Methodist Church in San Antonio. The local Church Historian is responsible to “keep the historical records up to date” and will “provide… Read More

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Sources for Historical Information

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…all the other paper records generated by your church over the years. Some churches have full and well-organized archives. Most churches, though, have lost records through fire, flood, or carelessness. Make a list of all the records you can locate. Work with the congregation to find missing records. Gather the… Read More

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Paragraph 641.1-4 The Book of Discipline

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…accessible the historically significant records of the annual conference and its agencies, including data relating to the origin and history of the conference and its antecedents; to encourage and assist the local churches in preserving their records, compiling their histories, and celebrating their heritage; to provide for the permanent safekeeping… Read More

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Basic Archives

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…and manage your historical records. There is the Manual for the Conference Commission on Archives and History which gives detailed information on the functions and responsibilities of the conference commission. You will also find our Archival Leaflet series of hints and tips for preservation and programs in the conference or… Read More

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How To Research Your Family

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…an ordained minister, then records held by the General Commission on Archives and History may be able to help you. The resources for genealogical research are limited to full-time, fully ordained clergy of the United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations. (See below for a list of our predecessor groups)… Read More

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Resources for African American History

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…aid. Where are the Records of the Central Jurisdiction? This is a question we hear with some regularity. And it deserves a thoughtful response because, like many aspects of history, there is no simple answer. The Central Jurisdiction is the way the Methodist Church, from 1939 – 1968 practiced segregation.… Read More

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African American Collections

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…Society, are the official records of an agency created by the Methodist Episcopal Church after the Civil War to develop an educational infrastructure for African Americans in the South. It was responsible for the creation or support of many schools, colleges, hospitals and a seminary for African American Methodists. In… Read More

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Working with: The Local Church

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…historian or Committee on Records and History. Perhaps you can meet with pastors at their district meetings and explain the local church's disciplinary responsibilities for archives and history. It is important the local churches know that you count on them for vital information and records. The local church historian looks… Read More

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Our Ministries

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…archives and history program. Records Management - what to keep and what to toss; also discusses electronic records Introduction to Description and Arrangement in the Archives - how to describe what is in the archives and then share it with others; discusses how to use the union database of conference… Read More

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The Conference Archives

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…preserve the historically significant records of the Annual Conference and its agencies, including data relating to the origin and history of the conference and its antecedents. Collection Policy Statement The next document you should create is a collection policy statement. A collection policy statement is built from the mission statement.… Read More

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Search the Archives

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…you to search for records across the various United Methodist Annual Conference Archives. African American United Methodist History Resources on African American United Methodist History at the Archives On-Line Resources Read, listen or view historical sources on-line. Some of these will require a broadband connection. Over the next few months… Read More

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Manual for Annual Conference Commission on Archives & History

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…Secretary L. Dale Patterson, Archivist/Records Administrator Brian Shetler, Methodist Librarian General Commission on Archives and History P.O. Box 127, 36 Madison Avenue Madison, NJ 07940 (973) 408-3189; FAX (973) 408-3909; E-mail: gcah@gcah.org CONTENTS Paragraph 641.1-4, The Book of Discipline The Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History Membership Finances Personnel… Read More

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Mellony Turner

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…is a number of records on the American School for Girls in Lovetch, consisting of photographs, textbooks, yearbooks, and financial records. Turner's notebooks and lecture notes are included in the collection. It should be noted that there is a single folder containing information on closing the school. Turner kept diaries… Read More

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From Camps and to Campus

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…living in the U.S. Records at the General Commission on Archives and History document those times. The records show the church involved in ministry in a variety of ways. After the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. As a result… Read More

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Missionary Files

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…demonstrates the complexity of records within an institutional archives. This series contains the correspondence between missionaries and the boards to which they were responsible. The series contains several hundred feet of correspondence from the 1830s (some as early as the 1820s) to the 1940s. The correspondence is officially from outside… Read More

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The Ministry of Women

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…over 250 feet of records. These organizations were all based on the conviction that missions to women should be run by women. Evangelization, schools, hospitals, social work and advocacy programs were implemented and run by women. The women not only managed the programs, but raised the funds to build the… Read More

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Publications for Sale

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…5.00 Guidelines for Managing Records of the Local Church and the Annual Conference, 2017-2020 (looseleaf format) ***Full Text also Online $ 5.00 Guidelines for Managing the Records of General Agencies, 2017-2020 (looseleaf format) ***Full Text also Online $ 5.00 Guidelines for Managing Electronic Records (looseleaf format) ***Full Text also Online… Read More

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Education and United Methodism

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…most obvious being the Records of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. This agency focuses on the relationship between the denomination and its various educational institutions. There are topics on the Wesley Foundation, Methodist Student Movement, and other types of campus ministry. The Board was responsible for the… Read More

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Welcoming the Stranger

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…context and links to records in our archives from both in our public digital repository, finding aids to physical records and printed resources. Please feel free to adapt the power point to your specific needs. Heritage Sunday 2015 Worship Resources (Word Document) Heritage Sunday 2015 Worship Resources (PDF Document) Welcoming… Read More

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March Newsletter

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…Patterson, GCAH Archivist - Records Administrator and is used with his permission. “Research requests often start by answering the phone. One recent call, like many others, started with a question. This particular question: Would I be able to locate information on a Methodist missionary to India? I asked for a… Read More

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Josephine Forman Scholarship Promotes Diversity in the Archival Profession

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…Archivist, Ms. Forman collected records from closed churches along with administrative records for the Conference. For many years she was the Church Historian at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio. She was also committed to training and education for archivists and church historians. “I am committed to engaging in professional… Read More

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Forman Scholarship Promotes Diversity in Archival Science.

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…Archivist, Ms. Forman collected records from closed churches along with administrative records for the Conference. For many years she was the Church Historian at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio and showed a tireless commitment to training and education for archivists and church historians. For more information on the Josephine… Read More

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Our Staff

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…Communications L. Dale Patterson, Archivist-Records Administrator Mark Shenise, Associate Archivist Frances Lyons, Reference Archivist Brian Shetler, Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. , General Secretary Emeritus Robert J. Williams , General Secretary, retired Alfred T. Day, III General Secretary atday@gcah.org 973-408-3191 Graduate studies,… Read More

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Immigrants in the Archives

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…are a variety of records at the Archives Center which deal with this subject. Conference Journals The easiest and most accessible way to see how Methodism has dealt with immigration is with our conference journals. Beginning in the 1840s along the East coast of the U.S. and the Ohio Valley… Read More

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2017 Josephine Forman Scholarship Promotes Diversity in the Field of Archival Science

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…Archivist, Ms. Forman collected records from closed churches along with administrative records for the Conference. For many years she was the Church Historian at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio, Texas and showed a tireless commitment to training and education for archivists and church historians. For more information on the… Read More

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2013 GCAH Report

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…importance of heritage and records in order to maintain the collective memory of the church. We can point to many verses of Scripture and common experience to make this case. However, I was excited when I was given a copy of an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review… Read More

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2017 Women in United Methodist History Writing Award Recipient Announced

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…four-volume collection of manuscript records documenting the lives of early American and British families. Rachel has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships, most recently a Princeton University Library Research Grant and a short-term research fellowship from the Oxford Centre of Methodism and Church History, both of which… Read More

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Helenor M. Davisson

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…the official Methodist Protestant records in the October 3, 1862, minutes of the Bradford Circuit of the Wabash Annual Conference. Her name is listed just below that of her father, both as ministers in the circuit. She was presented to be received and have her license renewed June 6, 1863.… Read More

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Planning Guide

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…triumphed, and endured. It records God's work in human lives and in human events. Even as we celebrate people, events, and places, we witness to the church about her high calling in Jesus Christ. We do not celebrate uncritically! Real people make real mistakes, even in the church! An honest… Read More

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Forward Through the Ages: Keeping memories alive

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…1940s or the trustees' records from the 1890s. On the second list, note those items you especially want, such as photographs of the sanctuary or newspaper articles about the church's work with Vietnamese refugees. Circulate both lists to the church family. Perhaps you can call the first “Missing in Action”… Read More

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Our Effect

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…they maintain their own records and as they need to use the resources of GCAH.” The training event for Conference archivists was held in 2012 and will be held again in 2016. The comments of the archivists included: “The time I spent at Drew for training in 2012 had two… Read More

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From “Mr. Methodist” to China: Two New Papers Now Open to the Public

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…Council of Churches. The records reflect his work with the 1968 church merger and the Bishop Oxnam hearing. To view this finding aid, go to http://catalog.gcah.org/publicdata/gcah668.htm. “At GCAH, we believe and experience every day the power of history not merely as remembrance but as an active engagement, the past pointing… Read More

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Working with: The Public, Researchers & Tours

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…importance of keeping good records. You may also wish to schedule some special events at the facility. Consider opening your doors to a meeting of United Methodist Women, a senior citizens' discussion group, or a seminary class session on church history. Area historical societies and libraries, high school history clubs,… Read More

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Harry Hosier

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…way to Boston, Garrettson records: “The people of this circuit are amazingly fond of hearing Harry.” Harry Hosier transcended the racial consciousness of his day. His famous sermon, “Barren Fig Tree,” (Adams Chapel, Fairfax County, Virginia), was the first sermon preached by a Negro in America. Likewise his sermon in… Read More

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Historic Sites

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…maps, pastoral and church records, journals, letters, periodicals, photographs, and personal memorabilia. Copies of these materials should be deposited in the conference archives. The Process A local church, a group, or an individual may initiate the process, but the Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History (or equivalent) must become… Read More

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Archival Leaflets - Oral History

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…history, manuscript collection, archival records, and printed historical sources complement one another. Tape-recorded recollections often contain information not found in the written record. Certain basic procedures make oral history collections easier to describe, maintain, and render more accessible to the researchers. Interviews that reflect adequate preparation, attention to technical quality,… Read More

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The Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History

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…the care of conference records. The process of upgrading the working budget of a conference commission is not an easy one. There is competition for funding within any Annual Conference, and you will need to make a strong case for increasing the commission's budget. Compare your budget to those of… Read More

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Christian Newcomer

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…the soil, he kept records and made plans, along with trusting God. More, Newcomer had been trained as a carpenter. So he knew that doing things well requires training and practice, not just inspiration. Even more, he acknowledged that having good religious intentions, while lacking a disciplined way to put… Read More

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Archival Leaflets - Encapsulation

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…applied water colors * Records with small tears on the borders where information is lacking * Some pencil based writings THINGS THAT COULD BE ENCAPSULATED * Fragile documents with a long tear(s) in them * Photographs * Certificates * Handbills * Broadsides * Small textiles such as bookmarks, swatches, etc.… Read More

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Gathering the Material

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…overlook the Annual Conference records or the Annual Conference newspapers or magazines. At one time a periodical called The Christian Advocate ran a regular column about local church events. Sometimes facts appear there that appear nowhere else. At one time, also, each District Superintendent reported about the work of the… Read More

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Whitaker’s Chapel

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…pump organ. Some church records and artifacts are on display. The cemetery behind the church dates from the early nineteenth century and contains the remains of several Civil War soldiers as well as Methodist Protestant preachers and church members. Parking is available at the church. There are no restroom facilities… Read More

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Old Stone Church Site

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…Methodist Church The first records of American Methodism date from the 1760s. In New York and Pennsylvania, Philip Embury, Barbara Heck, and Thomas Webb were leaders in the movement. Further south, Robert Strawbridge brought Methodism to the Delmarva peninsula. It is likely that the Methodist society in Leesburg was formed… Read More

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The Challenges of Being a Church Historian

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…that inevitably represent the records and views of other persons. A footnote (or an in-line reference if you choose that system) is a sign of dialogue. When I as a professor read a student's paper that goes on for three or four pages without notes, I grow weary, because the… Read More

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Preserving our African American Methodist Heritage

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…museum of musty old records. AAMHC intends to cast the light of discovery on the people, the strategies and the methodologies that enabled African American Methodists to endure and to overcome the barriers to full acceptance by the denomination” said Barbara Ricks Thompson, president of the AAMHC. “Our ministry of… Read More

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Oddities from the Vault

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…as 1775 there are records of people opening his casket to take items, mostly clothing. However, in the 1830s the entire right arm was removed and sent to England. The gentleman in England kept the arm for about 20 years only to return it in his old age. The mayor… Read More

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Barratt’s Chapel and Museum

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…Peninsula, and has books, records, letters, and memorabilia on display. There is an eleven acre cemetery with graves dating from 1785 to the present, including Barratt family graves. Visitors may park on site; restrooms are available at the chapel. Special events: An anniversary service is held the second Sunday in… Read More

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The General Commission on Archives and History Membership, 2016-2020

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…Secretary L. Dale Patterson, Archivist-Records Administrator Michelle Merkel-Brunskill, Executive Assistant Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist Frances Lyons-Bristol, Research Archivist Jay Rollins, Director of Communications Read More

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Ever-Widening Horizon

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…Collection (1 of 2). Records of the Mission Education and Cultivation Program Department of the General Board of Global Ministries. [4] Daile Kaplan, Missionary chronicles : photographic documentation of the human condition preserved in the historical photo collection of the United Methodist Church, c1900-1925 , Philadelphia: The Gallery, 1982; Morris… Read More

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I Love to Tell the Story: Communicating Your Church’s Story

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…the sanctuary, missing church records, or addresses of former members. When you write about the history of the church, always remember that it is people who engage the reader. Tell the human interest stories that fascinate all of us. Write about those funny, sad, and dramatic moments that punctuate your… Read More

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Site of the Founding of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church

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…Isham, Valorous Ventures A Records of Sixty and Six Years of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Boston: Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the MEC, 1936). Read More

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New Historic Site in Hawaii is UMC first

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…maps, pastoral and church records, journals, letters, periodicals, photographs, and personal memorabilia. Copies of these materials should be deposited in the conference archives. For more information and links to the guidelines and application, visit http://gcah.org/resources/historic-sites Related Stories Read More

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April Newsletter 2017

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…living in the U.S. Records at the General Commission on Archives and History document those times. The records show the church involved in ministry in a variety of ways. After the United States entered World War II, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. As a result… Read More

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Planning a Celebration

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…Check your own church records carefully. If they are incomplete or inaccurate, do some research in the annual conference archives. Conference journals or newspapers may have the information you need. (See the Resource Directory to learn how to contact your conference archives.) Special Occasions: There are times in the life… Read More

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GCAH Distributes $17,000 in Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

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…week-long examination of key records concerning Indian Affairs in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. This award and the associated research will also form the basis for a larger application to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada to study the international border at the Sault. Additionally, I am hopeful… Read More

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Woman’s College, WFMS, Foochow

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…into church administration. Historical records indicate the two men collaborated on the project while Trimble was stateside. There appear to be three structures in the drawing—Cranston, Payne and Trimble Halls. Payne and Cranston were completed and occupied in the autumn of 1914. Located in the center, Payne Hall was the… Read More

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Back of Tenement Houses, Boston

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…shops, storage rooms, and records office. It is also suggestive of the emphasis on social work, rather than evangelical efforts, which seems to dominate in many mission albums. This photograph is one of the most original in this series. What makes it remarkable for a 21st-century viewer with an interest… Read More

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June Newsletter

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…week-long examination of key records concerning Indian Affairs in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. This award and the associated research will also form the basis for a larger application to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada to study the international border at the Sault. Additionally, I am hopeful… Read More

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November Newsletter from GCAH

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…are a variety of records at the Archives Center which deal with this subject. Read the full article here. United Methodist Almanac from GCAH Check it out! The Almanac features a regular calendar commemorating the lives of women and men from the Wesleyan tradition. Their journeys into faith and life… Read More

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December Newsletter

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…Wesley's admonition. His journal records: This being Christmas-day there were prayer meetings early in the morning & preaching three times in the day. Oh what a pity this day is kept at all by many if they can't keep it better than they do! To my heart I was grieved… Read More

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Annual Conference Commissions on Archives and History

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…Website: http://www.historicstgeorges.org/ Depository: (EUB records) GCAH, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940 (Methodist records) St. George's United Methodist Church, 326 New Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-925-7788; E-mail: office@historicstgeorges.org Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment Depository Contact: Donna Miller, 215-925-7788; E-mail: office@historicstgeorges.org Research Requests: Donna Miller, 215-925-7788; E-mail:… Read More

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february newsletter

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…been expunged from historical records, Bautista added. “...In winning their souls for Christ, many indigenous nations have lost their ancestral domains and traditional cultures at proportions not unreasonable to say genocidal. Religion and culture are tightly intertwined in both the marginalization as well as the emancipation of indigenous peoples.” But… Read More

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Oct Newsletter

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…maps, pastoral and church records, journals, letters, periodicals, photographs, and personal memorabilia. Copies of these materials should be deposited in the conference archives. For more information and links to the guidelines and application, visit http://gcah.org/resources/historic-sites Read More

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Look to the Rock From Which You Were Hewn…

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…thanks.” So John Wesley records his arrival on American soil. Today a marker on Cockspur Island commemorates that event. The marker is part of John Wesley's American Parish in Savannah, Georgia, which also includes the sites of Wesley's first service (March 7, 1736), his parsonage and gardens, and the Town… Read More

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