United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
Established in 1839




The Archivist
of The Archives of Ohio United Methodism (AOUM) will be unavailable
during the following dates this summer:

August 4 - 5     August 9     August 16 - 17

Please plan your research needs accordingly.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Archivist .
SAVE THE DATES:  The 182nd UMHSO Convocation and Fall Business Meeting will be held October 22nd and 23rd at Anderson Hills UMC in Cincinnati, Ohio.  More information and registration information will be mailed to members this summer.

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 Christy Culver, of John Stewart UMC, in Upper Sandusky, 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.  
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.

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.







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
(740) 368-3285
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