Local Church Historians School

Every local church needs someone to preserve its records and historic “treasures,” tell the story of its past and inspire its congregation. The Indiana Conference offers an intensive FREE 12-week school via email for local church historians and anyone else who wishes to learn to “do” church history well. Course does not involve travel, class meetings, exams or deadlines.

Participants learn about which local church documents and artifacts to preserve and how to go about doing it. They also learn how to inspire their local church to learn from their past to inform their present and future ministries.  It consists of lessons emailed to students who participate by studying in their own homes (at their own pace) then applying what they learn to their own church settings.  More than forty (40) Indiana persons have graduated as trained local church historians in addition to numerous persons from around the nation and even international U.M. Conferences.

As of September of 2019 the General Commission on Archives & History has adopted our Indiana Local Historian’s School for training persons across our denomination.  Once again — we in Indiana we are leading the way nationwide.

For more information:; ph (317) 443-7258; addr 401 West Burma Road, Bloomington, IN, 47404

Indiana UM Historians of the Year

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UM Hoosier Heritage Site Map

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Heritage Church Award Recognition

Indiana U.M. Heritage Church Award — Description

Heritage Church Award Application Form – fillable PDF; please download and save before entering information

Indiana Bicentennial Churches

Many of our United Methodist Churches have long and storied histories. Through these churches, countless lives have been empowered and changed for God. Annually, the Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History seeks to identify these Indiana United Methodist churches who are celebrating the Bicentennial year of their founding, and provide them with recognition and visibility. Each of these churches will be provided the opportunity to present a display commemorating their congregation’s 200th anniversary through a display booth at the Indiana Annual Conference Session.

2019 Bicentennial Churches

Genealogy and Family Research

If you have a clergy person in your family tree search here for information.