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First United Methodist Church (Valparaiso, Porter County, Ind.) records

Identifier: LOC-2010-0166

Collection Statement

The collection consists of pictorial directories, Quarterly Conference minutes, proposal for remodeling and additions, a couple of church programs, an alphabetical listing of the members of the First UMC dated 1935 and also a small black book titled "Manual of the First MEC in Valparaiso" dated 1911.


  • 1911 - 1990


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection are held by DePauw University or the United Methodist Church.

Historical Sketch

Valparaiso Methodism began in 1835 as a part of the Deep River Mission, serving what is now Porter and Lake Counties. In 1840, the first Methodist society in Valparaiso had 7 members. The first small frame church was built in 1847 and replaced in 1849 by a permanent building. A rapidly growing church required the rental of the YMCA for classroom space while an educational building was being built. In 1969 the congregation moved to a new sanctuary.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 document case)

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Related Materials

Church record books including membership, baptism, marriages and deaths.
Meth. Vol. #1865: 1850-1869 #1871: 1933-1945 #1866: 1857-1895 #1872: 1945-1952 #1867: 1883-1920 #1873: 1929-1970 #1868: 1895-1903 #1874: 1951-1957 #1869: 1896-1925 #1875: 1951-1967 #1870: 1916-1950
Quarterly Conference Minutes Meth. Vol. #1861: 1864-1889 #1862: 1891-1893 #1863: 1893-1910
Official Board Minutes Meth. Vol. #1864: 1906-1915
Quarterly Conference Minutes
Meth. Vol. #204 and Microfilm #373: Valparaiso Circuit: Oct. 23, 1852 - July 02, 1853 Chesterton Circuit: Nov. 05, 1853 - July 14, 1866

(Some ink is so poor film can't be read in some places)

Lyndi Parent
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States