Jesus took hold of Jacob DeShazer while was a prisoner in Japan after he was captured during the Doolittle Raid following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. He went back to Japan as a missionary.
From its inception, Free Methodism has stood for justice and inclusion of the disenfranchised. This Civil Rights-era photo from a Free Methodist church in Shreveport, Louisiana is a reminder of that calling.
Seen here near the end of his tenure as bishop (1935-64), Leslie R. Marston's passion for Free Methodist history, was instrumental in founding the Marston Memorial Historical Center.
$785 was donated to the Marston Memorial Historical Center on #GivingTuesday. Thank you to all who gave! One donor stated this: “I had recently given a gift, but was inspired to give again when… I was reading my grandchildren stories from a book compiled by a Mennonite author… but she had gathered missionary stories from […]
Making use of the climate controlled, secure Free Methodist Archive, Bishop Samuel from Rwanda recently deposited copies of land titles for all properties under his leadership. Bishop Samuel wanted these important documents located in a safe environment. The Marston Memorial Historical Center is keeping these well preserved. You can help with preservation efforts by donating […]
The Marston Memorial Historical Center and Free Methodist Archive were recently contacted by a representative for the U.S. Department of Defense regarding the Kirundi-English Dictionary written by missionary Betty Ellen Cox in the 1950s and now available on the Marston Historical Center website. Appreciation was expressed on behalf of the U.S. Military to the FMCUSA […]
In a country where Free Methodist mission work began over 100 years ago, there was a need to establish property ownership. The Marston Memorial Historical Center was asked to try to locate a photograph from 100 years ago of a FM missionary standing in the mission compound. That would be proof enough to retain the […]
Retired missionaries, Harry & Ruth W. visited the Marston Memorial Historical Center for research. Harry’s parents, Rev. Harold and Carolyn W. had also been missionaries and Harold served as the General Missionary Secretary for the Free Methodist Church. Harry was a little boy when his father died and he was delighted when we told him […]
Join us for #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 27! This global day of giving allows us to show the impact that the Marston Historical Center and Free Methodist Archive is having across the globe. We’ll be highlighting how the Marston Memorial Historical Center mines the riches of our past to enrich the world around us. Stay […]
We are excited to announce the winner of the Flat B.T. Contest. We had over 20 submissions to pick from. They were from people of all ages and places. The grand prize winner is Frank Ballew, 2nd place is Kasey Uhter, and 3rd place is Alexis Chanes. Thank you to all who participated. Now help […]
Over the course of the summer, the MMHC has welcomed several guests into our new space. Local visitors included a group from the Mars Hill FMC in Indianapolis. People from across the US have visited along with international vistitors from places like Canada, India, the Philippines, and Rwanda. We are glad that the new space […]
Leading up to General Conference 2019, a competition will be held to see who can create the best flat B.T. Roberts, similar to the flat Wesley image to the left. Entries can be submitted starting today, August 1, 2018. Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2018. Gift cards will be awarded to the top […]
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