The Society is a voluntary membership organization to promote Methodist history. It is affiliated with the General Commission on Archives and History, an official arm of The United Methodist Church, but welcomes everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement.
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Saddlebag Selection - The Historical Society presents the Saddlebag Selection, the best book on United Methodist history, biography, theology, or polity published during the preceding year.
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The GCAH publishes Methodist History, a quarterly journal of scholarly articles and book reviews on the Methodist movement.

The Society publishes Historian's Digest, a quarterly newsletter of news and ideas.
Membership in the HSUMC has many benefits and is a excellent way to stay in touch with the Methodist historical community. Membership is open to everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement. It includes subscriptions to Methodist History and Historian's Digest, and invitations to annual meetings and special events.

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Annual Meeting
The Society holds an Annual Meeting, which includes special speakers, workshops, and tours of historic sites.

The 2015 annual meeting will be held July 20-23 at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Look for more information on our meeting at our Calendar of Events page.

If you believe your ancestor was a fully-ordained minister or a missionary in the United Methodist tradition and want some genealogical information, then please feel free to visit out our Genealogy section.

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Ministry of Memory Award
The Society wants to recognize and encourage excellence in archival and historical work for the local church, annual conference, jurisdictional or central conference.

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News and Notes
At the 2011 Annual Meeting the Historical Society established a new fund More..

United Methodist Women will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. In preparation for the sesquicentennial Methodist Theological School in Ohio will host a conference May 28-30, 2015 with the theme 'United Methodist Women's History: Voices Lost and Found.' More >>