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Central United Methodist Church (Richmond, Wayne County, Ind.) records

Identifier: LOC-2009-0070

Collection Statement

The collection consists of history, Official Board, pictorial booklets, programs, Quarterly Conference reports, and West Main St. Extension Project, Woman's Home Missionary Society and Woman's Society of Christian Service minutes.


  • 1838 - 1998


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection are retained by the United Methodist Church.

Historical Sketch

The first recorded Methodist meeting held in Richmond, Indiana was in 1819, held in a small log cabin on Front Street. It was not until 1823 that Russell Bigelow preached the first Methodist sermon and organized the first class. Until 1838, when they erected a small frame building, several locations served for meeting places. When membership outgrew this location, a commodious brick building was constructed on Pearl Street. The church grew until it had a membership of 300 people when dissension arose over seating women on one side and men on the other. In 1926 First Methodist Episcopal and Grace Methodist Episcopal united. In 1939, when changes were made in Methodism, the church became Central Methodist Church. A new sanctuary was consecrated in 1958.


0.645 Cubic Feet (2 document cases of 17 folders, 41 volumes)

Language of Materials


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