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The purpose of this Society is to promote interest in the study, preservation, and dissemination of the history of the United Methodist Church and its antecedent bodies. Come join with like-minded people who are archivists, family and church historians, educators, and others, both lay and clergy, to learn more about our shared history. We meet annually at a location important to United Methodist history, hear scholarly papers related to the theme of the meeting and typically tour historic sites in the area. We strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to become a member of the HSUMC not only to keep abreast of what is happening in United Methodist history, but also to take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of the ministry and mission of recovering and preserving the history of your local church and your denomination.


Membership is open to everyone who is interested in studying and preserving the heritage of the various branches of the Methodist movement. Please see our Bylaws below:







  • Become involved in the ministry of memory of The United Methodist Church.

  • Become a member of The United Methodist Church’s historical community.

  • Receive four issues of Methodist History, the official scholarly journal of United Methodist History throughout the connection—now with a choice of receiving it online with reduced dues.

  • Receive four issues of Historian’s Digest, which will keep you abreast of happenings in the United Methodist historical community, including dates and programs of annual meetings, historical conferences and programs being offered throughout the connection, and stories of interest to local historians and members of commissions on archives and history, as well as providing updates on research being done in the field of United Methodist history

  • Receive a 10% discount on publications of the General Commission on Archives and History


Join today - or consider a Gift Membership for a family member, friend, colleague, or local church!









  • ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP including print subscription to Methodist History: $50
    (Joint membership submitted through a conference historical society: $45)

  • ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP including email (PDF) subscription to Methodist History: $25
    (Joint membership submitted through a conference historical society: $20)

  • STUDENT MEMBERSHIP including email (PDF) subscription to Methodist History: $10

  • SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP (of which $50 is a tax-deductible contribution): $100
    (you can select either a print or email (PDF) subscription to Methodist History)

    (you can select either a print or email (PDF) subscription to Methodist History)

All subscriptions include our Society’s newsletter: Historian’s Digest  

Some United Methodist conference historical societies offer reduced joint memberships. Contact your conference society for more information


Memberships are entered quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1


Allow four weeks for processing. Completed Membership Forms and fees should be sent to:



c/o General Commission on Archives and History
PO Box 127

Madison, NJ 07940


If your address has changed or you have any questions concerning your membership, contact the HSUMC Membership Secretary:


Rev. Chris Shoemaker
Tel. (229) 848-3264


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