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The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader, by S. T. Kimbrough (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2011). 339 pp. (paper). The tercentenary of Charles Wesley’s birth in 1707 prompted many new books and articles on “the sweet singer of Methodism.” This compilation is one of the most recent. S. T. Kimbrough, both a musician and a […]

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Letters to the Editor

The 1910 FM Hymnal I enjoyed your article in the recent Newsletter [Summer/Fall 2011] on the 1910 Hymnal, the one I grew up with. I still have the one my father used as song leader at Seattle First Free Methodist church for 35 years, when there were no pianos, organs or choirs. He kept a […]

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Recently the Marston Memorial Historical Center received a gift of over $1,000 from the estate of retired Free Methodist missionary Kathryn Hessler. A nurse with long service in South Africa, Kate Hessler saw the importance of preserving Free Methodist history and heritage. She went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2011, at age […]

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Missionary Memorial 2011

Please visit the FM World Mission website to view the Missionary Memorial slide show for 2011.  Honored are: Elmore Clyde, Carolyn Cranston, Arlene Gilmore, Pearl Moore (James) González, Kathryn Hessler, Warren Johnson, Burleigh Willard and Ruth Zimmerman.

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Report to the Board of Administration

REPORT TO THE BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION  From:  Committee on FM History and Archives – Marston Historical Center Howard A. Snyder, Chair                                                                  October 14, 2011  Background As earlier reported to the BOA, the Committee on FM History & Archives has formed a History Advisory Strategy Group (HASG) to help our committee discern the best course for developing […]

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Opposition to Mrs. McArthur’s preaching

This excerpt is from a new accession- A Miracle of Grace or The Redemption of Dee Van Slyke by J. Franklin Fisher.  Deboise Chauncey Van Slyke was born inElmore,Minnesota, January 15, 1898, of DeLavan A. and Maud Van Slyke.  He was not to know for long the tender care of a mother, for she passed […]

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A Conversation with “Brother Roberts”

October 3-4 the MMHC Advisory Group met to discuss future plans and reflect on the blessings that flowed from the heavily historical general conference in Rochester.  Among these were Paul and Beth Patton’s dramatic interpretations of the Roberts’s lives, played out in four different productions over four days.   How the play worked in the […]

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Let us in hymns employ

We are happy to report that upon reading Howard Snyder’s article on the 1910 Hymnal, Stanley Walters contacted the author.  He wrote that as a professor at Greenville College he and a group of church-history students rescued some material from Hogue Hall.  The boxes they sorted through included a copy of the 1883 book of […]

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Happy 151st Birthday, Free Methodists

On this day in 1860 BT Roberts and a group of men gathered in the Chesbrough apple orchard to reaffirm the principles of Methodism.  In so doing they created the Free Methodist Church.  If you have the chance today, take a moment to pray, as they did, on how best to lead a holy life […]

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Roberts Biography Now Globally Available Online

The definitive 2006 biography of B.T. and Ellen Roberts, Populist Saints: B.T. and Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists, can now be read free anywhere in the world through the Internet. The file is available on the publications page of our website. This is another service being provided by the Marston Memorial Historical Center – in […]

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