Historical Society Meeting in March

Date Posted: 2/28/2011

The Texas United Methodist Historical Society will be meeting at Chappell Hill United Methodist Church and Brenham from March 24-26.  The theme of the meeting is Robert Alexander and His World 1811-2011. 


The meeting will begin on Thursday, March 24, at noon with registration.  The Rev. Paula Behrens, the host pastor will welcome the group at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. William Lanigan, the Texas Conference historian will speak on the life of Robert Alexander, one of the first commissioned Methodist missionaries to the Republic of Texas.  Chappell Hill UMC historian Tom Stevens will provide a history of the host church.  A banquet on Thursday evening at the church will feature An Evening with Robert Alexander. 


Friday, March 25 will be devoted to a tour of Methodist heritage sites in the area.  Participants will visit historic churches, the graves of Robert Alexander and Martin Ruter, and Rutersville, the site of the organization of the Texas Conference on December 25, 1840.  The tour will feature interpretation by expert guides.  A lunch is included.


On Saturday, March 26, the group will meet at Chappell Hill UMC.  The winning paper in the Essay Contest for university students will be read.  The Kate Warnick Award for best local church histories of the past year will be announced, and the Society will conduct its business meeting.


Included in the registration fee of $45 are the banquet meal on Thursday night, lunch on Friday, tour transportation, and interpretative materials.  If you would like registration materials delivered via email, please request them from TUMHS President Wm. C. Hardt at wchardt@gmail.com