FM History Update Newsletter January 28, 2015

A new FM History Update newsletter went out today. It has an article by Julianne Class, our archivist, on what she has discovered through her work on missionary letters over the past several weeks. It also has has information on a souvenir of Lillie Agnew, a missionary to Africa, from the 1903 General Conference in […]

1903 General Conference Souvenir Display

The 37th General Conference of the Free Methodist Church—USA will be held in July 2015 in Orlando, Florida. In preparation for this event we are working on a display at the World Ministries Center of “General Conferences.” One of the souvenir items on display is a 1903 General Conference Souvenir Booklet. It does not contain […]

New Issue of FM Historical Society Newsletter

The Winter issue of the Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter focuses on FM history and family ties. The main feature, by Harry Bonney, tells the remarkable story of Wessington Springs College, which touched the lives of so many Free Methodists. You will enjoy it—and perhaps be inspired to share your own story with the larger […]

Salt and Light The Eighty-Three Years of Wessington Springs College by George Harry Bonney

In the next Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter, George Harry Bonney shares his recollection of two families who came under the beneficent flow of Wessington  Springs College. Read the full article hereWessington Springs history

Bishop William Pearce

Bishop William Pearce served the Free Methodist Church in the office of bishop for 39 years. He served with 12 other bishops during this time from Bishop Burton R. Jones through Bishop Charles V. Fairbairn. He was a minister of the gospel for 61 years. He was the first to receive the title “Bishop Emeritus”. […]

FM History Update Newsletter Oct. 7, 2014

The newest edition of the FM History Update e-newsletter went out today. It contains an article about the audio-visual materials in the archive, an update on the planned renovations in the Historical Center and a short description on our Oral Histories collection. The renovations include a new chapel recreating an early 20th Century Free Methodist […]

FM History Update Newsletter

In June, we started an email newsletter called FM History Update. We also sent one out in August. You can look at these two previous editions and all the ones that will be upcoming at our archive. You can also sign up to receive the newsletter on any page of our website in the sidebar […]

Happy Birthday Free Methodist Church!

154 years ago the Free Methodist denomination was organized on August 23, 1860 in a camp meeting grove in Pekin, New York. According to Bishop Leslie Marston’s From Age to Age a Living Witness, pg 252 & 253 “The Challenge:  The call for a convention at Pekin, NY to be held in conjunction with a camp meeting […]

Top Ten Reasons for Being a Free Methodist

The Marston Memorial Historical Center now has T-shirts for sale. They feature a stylized portrait of B.T. and Ellen Roberts on the front and a list of the Top Ten Reasons for Being a Free Methodist on the back.       For more information, previews, and how to order the shirts click here.

The Springboard of Free Methodism- Western Convention

July 1, 1860 The Western Convention, which soon would become the Illinois Conference of the Free Methodist Church, was organized near St. Charles, Illinois.  Click on the link to read more. Western Convention FMC