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Heritage Landmarks: Robert Strawbridge House, New Windsor

August 18, 2017

Robert Strawbridge ( ? -1781) emigrated from Ireland to Frederick County, Maryland sometime between 1760 and 1766. A Methodist preacher in Ireland, he began preaching in Maryland soon after his arrival, making him the pioneer of Methodism on the...

Heritage Landmarks: Old Otterbein UMC, Baltimore

August 11, 2017

Old Otterbein Church is the mother church of the United Brethren in Christ and the oldest church edifice still standing in the city of Baltimore.

Traveling the Circuit: John Street Church, New York

July 24, 2017

“Philip, you must preach to us, or we shall all go to Hell together and God will require our blood at your hands!” Safe to say, this is not a typical reaction to seeing friends playing a hand of cards. Then again, Barbara von Ruckle Heck was not...

Traveling the Circuit: Willamette Heritage Center

July 12, 2017

Methodism’s influence sometimes surfaces in surprising places and unexpected ways. If your education was like mine, you were taught that the first settlers in the Pacific Northwest in the wake of Lewis and Clark were the trappers and traders...

Traveling the Circuit: Historic St. George’s

April 7, 2017

How wonderful the Dispensations of Providence! Surely the very hairs of our heads are all numbered. These words, taken from the journal of the Rev. Joseph Pilmore (or Pilmoor), John Wesley’s designated organizer for the Methodist societies in...

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Traveling the Circuit: A Very Special “Mother” in Philadelphia

February 15, 2017

The savvy traveler knows that there is a whole world of places to explore which are important for our Methodist heritage, but do not have the word “United” anywhere in their name. Among the most significant – and beautiful – of these can be...