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Under Construction

The renovation of the Historical Center space is underway. Thousands of books have been boxed, artifacts have been inventoried and packed, and furniture is being stored. Our part of the work is done for now. Don’t worry we have plenty of filing to keep us busy along with the regular work. Join in the excitement […]

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Missionary Tidings 120 Years Ago

The Missionary Tidings’ first issue was published in January, 1897 by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church.  It was published monthly at the Free Methodist Publishing House, 14-16 North May Street, Chicago, Illinois.  The subscription price for a single copy was 30 cents per year. If you wanted ten to twenty-five copies […]

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National Trivia Day – FM Trivia

If you grew up in the Free Methodist Church you learned early on several acronyms used frequently- CYC, FMY, WMS, etc.. Take our trivia quiz and see how well you do. Answers will be posted tomorrow 1-5-17. FM History Trivia How many of these Free Methodist related acronyms do you know?   BOA-Board of Administration […]

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The New Free Methodist Publishing House, Chicago, IL 1909

Dedication of new FM Publishing House 1909 In light of the proposed Bed and Breakfast at the former FM Publishing House building in Chicago, IL, we thought our readers may find it interesting to read a little history from 1909.    

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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

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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 […]

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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

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Quartet Convention CDs & DVDs now available

If you missed this historic event, or were there in person, you may purchase a CD (10 songs)  for $12.50 and a DVD for $15.00 or both for $25.00 if ordered together.  Shipping included.  Please send a check or money order to Marston Historical Center, 770 N High School Rd., Indianapolis IN 46214.  We will […]

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Summer/Fall 2013 Newsletter

The current issue of the Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter features the following articles:  “Singing Our Living History: Male Quartet Convention”   “The Story of John Wesley Seminary Foundation” by Dr. Donald Demaray plus more! Click the link to read-  MMHC_Summer-Fall2013_web

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Free Methodism is Born

On this date in history (August 23, 1860) Free Methodism was born.  This important decision was made in Pekin, NY on the property of S.K.J. Chesbrough. Bishop Leslie R. Marston records this in his book From Age to Age a Living Witness, L&L Press, 1860; p. 255-263. ” There was general accord among the delegates […]

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