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Cokesbury, the Methodist Town

This article appeared in the December issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate. Perhaps you’ve heard of Cokesbury – it’s an especially Methodist name – but I’m not talking about the publishing house.  I’m talking about the village in Greenwood County.  That’s correct; we have our very own Cokesbury right here in South Carolina. I […]

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From the Archives: A hundred years ago

What were our ancestors in South Carolina Methodism talking about a hundred years ago this fall? Looking through the pages of the Advocate for November 1914 shows that they were talking about football, war, and conference politics. The Advocate was part of the conversation about dividing the Annual Conference into upper and lower conferences – […]

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Henry Nelson Snyder: Wofford and Methodist leader

This article appeared in the SC United Methodist Advocate this month. Wofford’s Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder served as the college’s fourth president from 1902 to 1942, and at the same time, was one of the leading laymen of South Carolina Methodism. He was a very influential leader in state and national higher education circles as […]

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The things you find in collections

Today I got around to processing a small collection we received last summer.  The materials related to a member of Wofford’s Class of 1870 named Wellborn Davies Kirkland.  Rev. Kirkland, who became a Methodist minister, served in a number of significant positions in the Methodist Church in South Carolina, edited the Southern Christian Advocate, and […]

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The Adlai C. Holler Papers

A few months back, I wrote about what we do with all of the papers we get in the conference archives.  This month, I want to write about what we did with one particular collection that we received a few years ago. It took over a year, but the Rev. Luther Rickenbaker, who is the […]

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Methodist Reunification

A few months ago, I wrote about the division of the Methodist Episcopal Church into northern and southern branches.  Since we’re members of the United Methodist Church today, we know that at some point, we got back together.  When did that happen? The northern and southern branches of the Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the […]

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What do we do with all of those papers?

Occasionally the question comes up when I’m talking with someone about what I do in the archives.  “So what do you do with all of those papers, files, books, and stuff?  How do you catalog them or index everything?” That’s a good question.  When we get a collection, whether it’s a closed church’s records, the […]

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Annual Conferences of a century ago

This was my column in the Advocate for June.  We just concluded the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference this week. As we gather for Annual Conference, it’s worth remembering that we Methodists have been conferencing since the days of John Wesley.  South Carolina Methodists have been gathering annually since around 1785.  Now we meet […]

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Bishop William Wallace Duncan

This article appeared in the April edition of the SC United Methodist Advocate. One of South Carolina’s contributions to the Methodist episcopacy, William Wallace Duncan spent much of his life serving the Methodist Church. When his father, David Duncan, joined the original Wofford College faculty in 1854, the 15-year old future bishop transferred from Randolph-Macon […]

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Albert Outler: From Wofford to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

Many Wofford alumni may have never heard of Dr. Albert C. Outler, but he was one of the most influential Wofford alums in modern Methodist history. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, Dr. Outler was the son of a Methodist minister and district superintendent in the South Georgia Conference.  He came to Wofford in 1925 and was […]

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