Archive Dedication

The Free Methodist Archive dedication was held on Friday, April 10. The archive is named in honor of Evelyn Marston Mottweiler for her outstanding service in the development of the Marston Memorial Historical Center. Evelyn served as Executive Secretary of the MMHC 1971-1988. Family, friends, WMC staff as well as BOA members joined in celebrating […]

Spring 2015 Historical Society Newsletter

Check out the Spring 2015 edition of the Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter. Editor, Christy Mesaros Winckles starts with “A Focus on Spiritual Freedom”. The feature article by Gregory Coates is about Adelia Arnold “Radically Embracing Racial Equality” with the book review of The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker by […]

New Audio Added

Recently, we were given a set of songs from a Seattle Pacific College Quartet. These were given by Jeff Hartt, a son of one of the members of the quartet and were recorded for the Light & Life Hour. To listen to the songs and read more about the quartet, click here.

Join Us for General Conference

The Marston Historical Center will host four luncheons at the Free Methodist General Conference in Orlando, July 13-16. Topics for the luncheon presentations: Free Methodist Quartets, Bible Quizzers, Global Free Methodist History, and Free Methodist Historical Society, with updates on the work of the Historical Center. Bring your own lunch and join us each day.

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 […]