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Closed Church Records from Andover UMC

Closed Church Records from Andover UMC

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Illinois Great Rivers Conference Closed Church

Andover UMC





Overview of the Collection

Repository:IGRC Archives and Special Collections, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL
Creator:Andover UMC
Title:Closed Church Records from Andover UMC
Dates:1856-1999
Quantity:.50 cubic feet
Abstract:The collection has Administrative Board minutes, Ladies Aid Minutes, real property papers, Sunday school secretary's records and two membership books.
Identification:2005.06
Language: The records are in English.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Administrative Board minutes (1977-1999); Ladies Aid minutes (1977-1986); two membership books; a quarterly conference record book; one Sunday school secretary's book; and two folders regarding the real property of the church and correspondence regarding the closure of the church.


Church History

Gustaf Peter Hoflund founded the Andover Swedish Church in 1848. In August 1849, Jonas Hedstrom founded the first Swedish MEC in America in Andover at the home of Anna Gustafson. Rev. Hedstrom had originally founded the "Bethel Ship" in NY harbor. The Andover SMEC congregation had 74 members by 1850.

The first church building was completed in 1854 and a larger church built in 1864. The members built a parsonage in 1855. A fire destroyed the parsonage and most of the church records in 1914. A second parsonage was built and used until 1930. In 1965, members installed a bell in the church tower for the first time and had it removed in 1981 to be donated to Bourbanais Grace.

In 1888, the women organized a Ladies Aid.

Due to declining membership, the members voted to close in 1999.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

United Methodist Church (Andover, Ill.)
Henry County, Ill.
Church records and registers

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The collection is unrestricted. However, photocopying will not be permitted due to the fragility of the material.


Separated Material

Volumes: 179A Membership and Baptisms 1856-1945; 179B Membership Register 1962-1999; 179C Ladies Aid Minutes 1977-1999; 179D Admin Board Minutes 1977-1986; 179E Sunday School Record; 179F Quarterly Conference Record 1911-1914.


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