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.
Celebrate 50 years in ministry for the Marston Historical Center at GC19 with “Dinner, a Movie & Cake” on Thursday, July 18. There will be a 5 PM Movie Time (Doors open at 4:45 PM) for “The Amazing Story of Sgt. Jacob DeShazer,” who was a WWII Doolittle Raider and prisoner of war turned Free […]
The MMHC is now celebrating 50 years of service for the church. In 1969 Bishop Leslie Marston set out to preserve Free Methodist history through a new historical center. It began in Winona Lake, IN from his own personal collection and grew from there under the supervision of his daughter Evelyn Mottweiler. It continued after […]
The latest Free Methodist Historical Society Newsletter is now out. In it, you can read about the Historical Center’s Flat B.T. Roberts contest, the recent addition of Flat Ellen, and their travels throughout the world leading up to this summer’s General Conference. Also included is an article written by Jacob Kaufman, author of a 2018 […]
We are excited to announce that Ellen Roberts is joining social media! We had many requests for Flat Ellen and now she is here thanks to artist Frank Ballew! She joins Flat B.T. on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Click here to see an enlarge image of Flat Ellen to print out, color and cut out: […]
Over the past several months, the MMHC received two large collections of historical resources. One from the Tillman Houser (missionary to what is now Zimbabwe) family. The second collection came from the family of Esther (Shelhamer) James. She also was a missionary to Africa for a short time early in her adult life. After returning […]
$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 […]
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