United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Established in 1839



The Archives of Ohio United Methodism at Ohio Wesleyan University will be closed from April 5th through 10th and May 26th through June 6th.  
UMHSO.org will be transitioning to a new platform in a few months.  Our website design will change and it may take us some time to reorganize pages.  Please be patient with us during this time.  Thank you!

The Joint Archives Committee approved an updated version of "Permanent Records to transfer to Archives of Ohio United Methodism at closing of church" on April 2021.  This updated document is now on this UMHSO website.
The next Local Church Historians School is planned for the summer of 2022.  Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Thank you to Jack R. Hott, from First United Methodist Church of Springboro, our newest UMHSO life member.  
Welcome to Joyce Rinckhoff-Snell of Milford First, our newest UMHSO member.

Nottingham United Methodist Church in Cleveland celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.  
Janet W. Harlamert, UMHSO Life Member #68, an integral member of The United Methodist Church of Berea, entered the Church Triumphant on 29 June 2021.
Rev. Dr. William C. Creasy, UMHSO Life Member #11, an active member of New Concord UMC, entered the Church Triumphant on 2 March 2021. 
Mary Elizabeth Ramer, UMHSO Life Member #27, a long time member of Jelloway UMC, entered the Church Triumphant on 27 December 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 each year.  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 join 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
Ohio Wesleyan University
Beeghly Library
43 Rowland Avenue
Delaware, OH 43015
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