United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Established in 1839



We have posted the Fall 2020 issue of the UMHSO Historians Newsletter on our website. If you are a member and did not receive your mailed copy, please contact the UMHSO membership secretary, Mary Ann Stotts at ma215stotts@gmail.com to make certain that your mailing address is correct.  We also would request that you supply your email address, as we will be converting to emailed newsletters and correspondence in the future (printed copies will still be provided for those who need them).

Next UMHSO Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for February 2021, date, time, and details to be determined.

Do you have newsletter or website skills?  UMHSO needs you!  Contact President Bill Smith at bsmith1244@cinci.rr.com if you would like to learn more.

2021 UMHSO Conference is ON!  Plan now to join us in Cincinnati on April 30 and May 1, 2021.

The next Local Church Historians School is planned for 2022.  Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Thank you to Angela G. Finney of King Avenue UMC in Columbus, Ohio, our newest UMHSO life member.  
Welcome to our newest UMHSO member, Brian M. Day from Ridgewood United Methodist in Parma, Ohio.

General Commission on Archives and History Commissioner and Vice President William Bobby McClain entered the Church Triumphant on 18 November 2020.
Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff, cradle United Methodist, professor and author of Entangled: A History of American Methodism, Politics, and Sexuality and #Nevertheless: American Methodists and Women's Rights, has been elected as General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH). Her nomination from the search committee was voted and approved at a special meeting of the Commission on Oct. 30, 2020.
Featured item from the Archives of Ohio United Methodism:  Map of Churches of the Ohio Area of the Methodist Church, North-East and Ohio Area Conferences, Bishop Hazen G. Werner. Back of Map contains a chart of which identifies each local church displayed on the map by conference, district, and county. It also shows membership, June 1959. This was used to create two episcopal areas Ohio Conference and North-East Ohio Conference which eventually became the West Ohio Conference and East Ohio Conference. 

Canal Lewisville UMC celebrated their 150th anniversary on 7 June 2020.

UMHSO Life Member Joanne LePontois Miller entered the Church Triumphant on 18 February 2020.





The United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio (UMHSO) was originally founded in 1839 as the Western Methodist Historical Society.  The goal of the organization was to "collect and preserve...materials for a complete and authentic history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, west of the Allegheny Mountains."  Today, these original materials and many more comprise the collections of the East and West Ohio Conferences of The United Methodist Church, housed at the Archives of Ohio United Methodism at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Members of the Society include church historians, as well as others who have a common interest in preserving the history of United Methodism in Ohio.

The UMHSO Convocation and Annual Meeting is held in a different Ohio location in April or early May.  In addition to topical workshops, there are practical workshops for local church historians such as "Preservation 1001", "Creating an Archives for your Church", "Making History Come Alive in the Local Church",  "Caring for Your Church's Photographs", and "Oral History Basics."  Education of church historians is a primary goal of the Society.

Upon submission of required information, UMHSO will prepare certificates to honor significant church anniversaries.

UMHSO member benefits include The Historians's Newsletter published by the Society twice each year and discounted registration for the UMHSO Convocation and Annual Meeting Members are also invited to hioni the UMHSO Executive Committee or to volunteer in other capacities.  





Membership Questions:  Contact Membership Secretary Mary Ann Stotts at ma215stotts@gmail.com
Research Questions?:  Contact archivist Sharon Monigold at aoum@owu.edu
Archives of Ohio United Methodism
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