Bloomington Methodist Congregations
Collection



Processed by
Patricia A. Hamilton
November 2002

Reprocessed by
Brigid R. McBride
December 2009


Table of Contents
First Methodist Episcopal Church at the Southeast corner of Grove and East Streets, 1878.
 

 
Collection Information
Volume of Collection:
One Box
Collection Dates:
1856-1970
Restrictions:
None
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce or publish material in this collection must be obtained in writing from the McLean County Museum of History and Wesley United Methodist Church
Provenance: Wesley United Methodist Church lent material for photocopying, other items were museum gifts/purchases
Alternative Formats:
None
Other Finding Aids: None
Location: Archives
Notes:

See also: Photograph Collection Subjects: Churches

First Methodist Church of Bloomington at the Southwest corner of Main and Olive Streets. The church building was converted into a livery as this photo shows.

 

Grace Methodist Church, undated.

 

Historical Sketch

  This collection contains a variety of histories of early Methodism in Bloomington. The focus is on the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Salem Church, Grace United Methodist Church, and First United Methodist.

 
Scope and Contents Note

  This collection contains photocopies of histories about Methodism in Bloomington-Normal. There are some pamphlets and church bulletins.

 

Box and Folder Inventory

Folder 1:
Methodism in Bloomington
1.1
"Bloomington Methodism," photocopy of handwritten MS, 4 pgs
1.2
"Methodism in Bloomington," photocopy of typescript MS, 4 pgs; has edit markings
1.3
"Methodism in Bloomington," photocopy of typescript MS, 4 pgs; includes errata of Funk-Stubblefield genealogy
1.4
"This Week at Wesley, Methodism in Bloomington," photocopy of church bulletin, 2 pgs; 2 copies

 

Folder 2:
United Methodism in Bloomington
2.1
"United Methodism in Bloomington," Calderwood, Robert C., photocopy of typescript MS, 4 pgs
2.2
"United Methodism in Bloomington, Calderwood, Robert C., photocopy of The Central Illinois Historical Messenger: The United Methodist Church, v. 10, no. 2, (between 1969-1980), 4 pgs

 

Folder 3:
The Story of Our Church
3.1
"The Story of Our Church," photocopy of pamphlet, 4 pgs, no date

 

Folder 4:
Early Methodism
4.1
Illinois Conference Historical Society Newsletter, photocopy, 1 pg, no date
4.2
"Early Methodism of the Early Churches of Bloomington, Normal," Kaff, John D., photocopy of typescript, 20 pgs

 

Folder 5:
Methodism in McLean County, 1875
5.1
"Methodism in McLean County:, Pantagraph, March 1, 1875, photocopy, 2 pgs

 

Folder 6:
American Methodist History
6.1
"1966 American Methodism's Bi-Centennial Year," photocopy of typescript MS, 2 pgs, January 1966
6.2
"1966 American Methodism's Bi-Centennial Year," photocopy of typescript MS, 2 pgs, with note explaining indebtedness to Rev. Henry G. Nylin the Conference Historian for the article
6.3
Methodist Church informational sheet, photocopy, no date

 

Folder 7:
B-N Methodist Churches Chronology
7.1
"The Bloomington Normal Methodist Churches: A Chronology," Lotz, Chas. J., photocopy, 7 pgs, 2 copies

 

Folder 8:
Bloomington Subscription Book, 1
8.1
"Bloomington Subscription Book, No. 1, 1856," photocopy of handwritten book, includes names and dues/donations

 

Folder 9:
Epworth League Meetings
9.1
"Epworth Liga," German, photocopy, contains dates of meetings for 1899

 

Folder 10:
Centennial Program 1924
10.1
"Centennial Service First Methodist Episcopal Church, Bloomington, Illinois, November 16, 1924," photocopy of bulletin, contains "History of First M.E. Church of Bloomington, Illinois," 2 pgs

 

Folder 11:
Centennial 1836-1936
11.1
"Centennial of the Construction of the First Church Building Between Chicago and Springfield, First Methodist Episcopal Church," May 31, 1936, photocopy, 3 pgs

 

Folder 12:
Bloomington First Church
12.1
"Bloomington First" [Church], photocopy of typescript MS, 3 pgs, no date

 

Folder 13:
Short History of Salem Church
13.1
"A short history of the Salem Methodist Church of Bloomington, Ill.", Muhl, Fred, typescript of MS, 2 pgs, 1950 (also 2 pg photocopy of MS)

 

Folder 14:
Salem Church Pastors
14.1
Scan of newspaper advertisement, no date
14.2
2 pg list of pastors, charge, conference, district, no date

 

Folder 15:
Salem Church Abandonment
15.1
Photocopy of notes on abandonment of Salem Church Bloomington, Illinois, June 25, 1949
15.2
"To Whom it May Concern," concerning the merger history of the Salem Church, 1 pg
15.3
Notes from the Illinois Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, June 11, 1949, 1 pg (2 copies)
15.4
"60 Year Old Church to Be Razed," Pantagraph, p. 3, July 8, 1949, photocopy
15.5
Photocopy of various "How Time Flies," from the Pantagraph, 1873-1949
15.6
Photocopy of newspaper photos, Grace Methodist Church and Salem Church, Pantagraph, March 8, 1970

 

Folder 16:
History of First Methodist Church
16.1
"History of the First Methodist Church, Bloomington, Ill.", Lange, Louise A., typescript of MS, 20 pgs, 1950, 2 copies

 

Folder 17:
Pastors Who Served First Methodist
17.1
"Pastors who served First Methodist Church Bloomington," photocopy of typescript, 2 pgs, no date

 

Folder 18:
McClun History of First United Methodist Church
18.1
"The Church's History," McClun, John, Pantagraph, May 30, 1881, photocopy, 2 copies
18.2
"Fathers in Israel, Pioneers of Early Methodism at the Anniversary Exercises at the First Methodist Church," Pantagraph, May 28, 1881, photocopy
18.3
List of names corresponding to Pantagraph articles from 1881

 

Folder 19:
Jubilamsbuch
19.1
"Jubilaumsbuch der St.Louis Deutchen Konferenz", German, by E.C. Margaret, Friedrich Munz, and Geo. B. Addicks, 1907, photocopy, 10 pgs
19.2
Translation of "Jubilaumsbuch der St. Louis Deutchen Konferenz," photocopy, 3 pgs
19.3
Translation of "Jubilaumsbuch" by the German Methodist Church of Bloomington, Illinois, photocopy, 2 pgs, 2 copies
19.4
Translation of "Jubilaumsbuch" titled, "Bloomington, Illinois," photocopy, 4 pgs, no date

 

Folder 20:
First Methodist Episcopal Church Easter Program
20.1
"First Methodist Episcopal Church Program for Easter, April 25, 1886"

 

Folder 21:
First Methodist Episcopal Church Items
21.1
"Centennial of the Construction of the First Church Building Between Chicago and Springfield, First Methodist Episcopal Church," May 31, 1936, 4 copies
21.2
"Our Christmas Offering Sunday School" sheet
21.3
"Philathea Class" calendar 1920-1921
21.4
"Souvenir Program: Dedicatory Matinee and Concert of the New Organ of the First M.E. Church, May 30, 1937
21.5
Notes
21.6
"First M.E. Church Father and Son Banquet," Feb. 21, 1936
21.7
First Methodist Episcopal Church Bulletin, March 6, 1898
21.8
"The Eighth Annual Community Thanksgiving Service," November 28, 1935
21.9
"Epworth League" Literary Department, Programme, 1894
21.10
First Methodist Episcopal Church Bulletin, January 2, 1921
21.11
"The Jubilee Thank-Offering, Northwestern Branch," pamphlet, no date
21.12
First Methodist Episcopal Church Bulletin, February 16, 1936
21.13
First Methodist Church Bulletin, June 27, 1929, 2 copies
21.14
First Methodist Episcopal Church Bulletin, July 8, 1917
21.15
"Report of the Current Expense Fund of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Bloomington, Ill.," 1921
21.16
"Annual Report of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, ending October 1, 1909"
21.17
"The Centennial," February 1876
21.18
"The Centennial," March 1876
21.19
"The Centennial," April 1876
21.20
Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph, June 3, 1881

 

Folder 22:
Membership List 1932
22.1
"The First Methodist Episcopal Church Financial Report and Church Directory," 1931-1932
22.2
Letter from Raye Ragan, January 1933

 

Folder 23:
Membership List 1933
23.1
"Residence and Financial Directory of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, 1932-33"

 

Folder 24:
First Years of Wesley Methodist
24.1
"The First Years of Wesley Methodist Church, Bloomington, Ill.", Lange, Louise A., 1950, photocopy of typescript MS, 9 pgs, 3 copies

 

Folder 25:
Wesley United Methodist Church
25.1
Wesley United Methodist Church, chronology and pastor list, photocopy 2 pgs, 2 copies
25.2
"Wesley Holds Memories of Three Churches," by Diane Miller, photocopy Pantagraph, march 8, 1970, 2 copies
25.3
News photograph, photocopy, Pantagraph, First Methodist Episcopal Church
25.4
News photograph, photocopy, Pantagraph, Grace Methodist Church and Salem Church, March 8, 1970
25.5
"Marie Litta's Funeral Held at Old First M.E." photocopy Pantagraph, March 8, 1970 also photograph of Rev. Raye Ragan at the original pulpit
25.6
News photographs of Miss Louise Lange, Rev. Calderwood, and Antique Furniture, March 8, 1970
25.7
List of written histories of Wesley Methodist Church, 2002

 

Folder 26:
Historical Sketch of Grace Methodist
26.1
"Historical Sketch of Grace Methodist Church, Bloomington, Illinois", Eyestone, Lura M., 1950, photocopy of typescript of MS, 28 pgs
26.2
"Historical Sketch of Grace Methodist Church, Bloomington, Illinois," Eyestone, Lura M., 1950 photocopy of handwritten MS, 47 pgs

 

Folder 27:
Index
27.2
List of names with page numbers corresponding to Church ledger book

 

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