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First United Methodist Church (Bluffton, Ind.) records

First United Methodist Church (Bluffton, Ind.) records

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First United Methodist Church (Bluffton, Ind.) records LOC.2010.0012

Wells County, Ind.

Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
11 E. Larabee Street
Greencastle, IN
765-658-4406
archives@depauw.edu

1/19/2016



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-03-10T13:35-0500
Language: Description is in English.

Repository: Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
creatorFirst United Methodist Church. (Bluffton, Ind.)
Title: First United Methodist Church (Bluffton, Ind.) records
Dates: 1853-1988
Quantity: 0.86 Cubic feet, 2 document cases, 26 bound volumes
Identification: LOC.2010.0012
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Collection Statement

Collection consists of membership records, Sunday school and board minutes, directories, yearbooks, legal papers, and photographs.


Historical Sketch

In November 1838, Rev. George W. Bowers, a circuit rider, preached the first sermon in Bluffton under an Oak tree on the banks of the Wabash River. A religious society was formed and was the beginning of the first Methodist congregation in Bluffton. They met in homes until the first church building was erected on the corner of Cherry and Johnson Streets. A Sunday School was organized in 1843. In 1872 a new church was erected on the corner of Washington & Williams (present site). The First Methodist Church of Bluffton celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 1938 and it's 150th in 1988.


First United Methodist Church. (Bluffton, Ind.)
Methodist Church

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright interests for this collection have been retained by the United Methodist Church.


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