Texas Conference Archives Acquires Permanent Home
It is the mission of the Commission on Archives and History to (1) to preserve the official records of the Texas Annual Conference; (2) to assist local churches preserve their own historical records and (3) to provide a ministry of education and interpretation about the history of the Texas Annual Conference.
The Commission met recently to discuss permanent placement for the Conference’s historical records. A new project is underway to build a facility to house archival records, along with enough space for historical artifacts.
The Texas Conference historical records have traveled a long road. Prior to 1840, the records were part of the Mississippi Conference Texas Mission. From 1840 to 1856, scant records were kept at all. After 1856, however, permanent records were recorded and they were kept by one or another of the members of the Historical Society, in the “Conference Trunk.”
By 1960, the collection of records and historical artifacts had become large enough that the collection was moved to a room in the new
From that time until the summer of 2010, the archives were housed in the Doornbos Archives, then Smith Hall and finally, in the
By 2010, the school’s enrollment more than doubled and the pressing need for classroom space required the archives to be moved out of the