BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Forty-six local church historians from South Bend, New Albany, Evansville, and numerous other Indiana Conference churches converged on First UMC of Bloomington April 20 to hear two winners of the “Church Historian of the Year” award describe their outstanding history programs.

Stanley Schmitt, of Evansville Central, and Shirley Wolf, of Jacobs Chapel, were joined by Arlen Packard and Malcolm Webb of Bloomington First in recounting their successes in engaging their congregations in the celebration of their heritage.

The workshop, co-sponsored by the Indiana United Methodist Historical Society and the Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History, more than 70 the number of participants in such workshops and have become acquainted, exchanged ideas and learned about the excellent resources available to historians for doing their challenging jobs.

The Society and the Commission are dedicated to reaching out to the 454 known historians in the Conference and to helping those churches without historians further the cause of local history in their congregations.