INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History announced the appointment of Dr. Richard A. Stowe of Muncie as the Conference Historian during the commission’s fall meeting Oct.9 at the Indiana Conference Center.

This is the first appointment of a historian since the formation of the united Indiana Conference and perhaps for a quarter of a century before that formation.

Stowe has been active in the Indiana United Methodist Historical Society since 2006, and is serving on the Indiana Commission on Archives and History and the Joint Archives Committee. He has organized and led regional workshops for local church historians, is researching the life of Indiana’s nineteenth-century Bishop Edward R. Ames, and is a producer of media presentations on Indiana Methodism.

“I am looking forward to working with local church historians, the Indiana United Methodist Archives at DePauw University, the Indiana United Methodist Historical Society, pastors and lay people in applying the power of our shared heritage to the present challenges faced by the Indiana Conference,” Stowe said.

Stowe and his wife, Eleanor, are the parents of four daughters. Both are life-long United Methodists and have been members of Muncie High Street UMC for the past 26 years.