Marston Memorial Historical Center

Marston Memorial Historical Center The Marston Memorial Historical Center and Archives is mining the past to serve the future.
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Light + Life Magazine
01/10/2020

Light + Life Magazine

A great and fun way to learn more about the Free Methodist Church is by playing Free Methodist Timeline: An Historical Game. This is a card game designed for 2 to 8 players that tests the players' knowledge on events, people and places from Free Methodist history. Order your game today by visiting https://buff.ly/2ZfUlJa.

Happy New Year! As we begin 2020 we invite you to partner with us by becoming a member of the Free Methodist Historical ...
01/02/2020

Happy New Year!
As we begin 2020 we invite you to partner with us by becoming a member of the Free Methodist Historical Society. You can join our team of supporters who ensure we are fully funded for preserving the Free Methodist story. Photo from FM Archive - California Annual Conference at San Jose circa 1915. We are happy to offer you research assistance, private tours of the Historical Center, reading privileges in the White Library and more! If you aren’t a member, click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Over this past month we hope you’ve enjoyed this “peak behind the curtain” of some of what we do here at the Marston His...
12/31/2019

Over this past month we hope you’ve enjoyed this “peak behind the curtain” of some of what we do here at the Marston Historical Center. It’s a pleasure to serve YOU! Have questions? We respond to Facebook messages, emails, phone calls.

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston
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Sharing the gospel and the message of holiness was an early desire and priority for B. T. Roberts and the early Free Met...
12/31/2019

Sharing the gospel and the message of holiness was an early desire and priority for B. T. Roberts and the early Free Methodists. We believe that making available key Free Methodist books in the public domain can help us share stories of how we have endeavored to do that in our revivals, missionaries, faithful local pastors, and dedicated laypeople. Did you know that we have a growing collection of free, downloadable Free Methodist books digitized in partnership with Asbury Seminary’s library. https://place.asburyseminary.edu/freemethodistbooks/ If you want one of these books in printed form you can order a copy through this Asbury link as well. Simply click on the book you want and instructions are on that page.

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Through a combination of printed newsletters, e-mails, and social media we want to express the riches of the Marston Cen...
12/30/2019

Through a combination of printed newsletters, e-mails, and social media we want to express the riches of the Marston Center and Free Methodist Archives to the largest possible audience! Did you know we have active Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and Instagram accounts?

Make sure you are following us on all platforms:

https://www.instagram.com/marston_historical/

https://twitter.com/marston_hist

https://www.youtube.com/user/MarstonHistorical/

https://vimeo.com/mmhc

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Ensuring that Free Methodists around the world have access to the early writings of the church is a key goal of the Mars...
12/27/2019

Ensuring that Free Methodists around the world have access to the early writings of the church is a key goal of the Marston Center. We have the digitized 1860-1904 “Earnest Christian” magazines available in our online collection. This collection has been used by Free Methodist Polity and Doctrine students, pastors, PhD students in a variety of fields, and genealogists searching for family records. We know that B. T. Roberts and early Free Methodists have something to say of relevance to us today making these writings available helps keep their voices alive. Click the link to read the Earnest Christian https://fmcusa.org/collections

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

A very Merry Christmas to all our supporters and friends. The Marston Historical Center will be closed from Tuesday, Dec...
12/23/2019

A very Merry Christmas to all our supporters and friends. The Marston Historical Center will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Wednesday January 1, 2020! We will reconnect next year. Christmas Blessings-
#FlatBT #FlatEllen

One of the many treasures in our collection is a variety of music from the Light and Life Hour. Begun in 1944 this FMC s...
12/23/2019

One of the many treasures in our collection is a variety of music from the Light and Life Hour. Begun in 1944 this FMC sponsored radio program was aired on over 135 stations by 1960. The Light and Life Choir was well known over the years as were many Free Methodist male quartets. Through our digitization program we have several songs on our website and on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1B7hgR5FO7WW3jU2JSqOlA Telling the story of the Light and Life Hour is one of the ways we tell the story of the Free Methodist concern that everyone hear the gospel!

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

FM History Update -#NewMemberDecemberAre you on our “FM History Update” email list? Communicating with our followers, me...
12/20/2019

FM History Update -#NewMemberDecember

Are you on our “FM History Update” email list? Communicating with our followers, members, and FMs around the world is a top priority of the Marston Center. One way we do that is this e-update comes out in months when the Marston Historical Society Newsletter is not released. These brief updates keep our members informed about visiting scholars, renovation news, new additions to our collections, and other items of interest. We include a variety of pieces of information because we want to make sure YOU, our partners, know about exciting developments. All of them are archived here thanks to our digital librarian: https://historical2.wpengine.com/publications-dictionaries

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Have you ever wondered how our materials are digitized and put on YouTube, our website, and Vimeo? Kyle Moran, with a Ma...
12/18/2019

Have you ever wondered how our materials are digitized and put on YouTube, our website, and Vimeo? Kyle Moran, with a Master’s in library & information science, is our part time digital librarian and in charge of our digitization processes. He has ensured that unique missionary videos, photographs, music, and preaching recordings are both preserved and available via a variety of social media methods.

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! By becoming a member you are a part of our team of supporters who ensure we are fully staffed for preserving our past. If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Meet Julianne Class our part time archivist! Julianne joined the Marston Center in 2013 and works in the Evelyn Marston ...
12/16/2019

Meet Julianne Class our part time archivist! Julianne joined the Marston Center in 2013 and works in the Evelyn Marston Mottweiler Archival Room. With her degree in museum studies she brings her experience and know how to the Marston Center and FM Archive. Ensuring that our precious documents and artifacts are cared for in a professional manner with archival protocols means they are being preserved for the next generation of Jesus followers called Free Methodists.

As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:
https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Have you ever called or emailed the Marston Center? Then you’ve probably talked to Cathy, our director. Or you may recog...
12/13/2019

Have you ever called or emailed the Marston Center? Then you’ve probably talked to Cathy, our director. Or you may recognize her from the video that Pastor @Josh Avery made when @FMRadio visited the archive space (see below!). Cathy leads tours of the center, responds to FM History questions from the US and around the world, establishes protocols for preserving historical documents and artifacts, visits Annual Conferences, and a million other tasks as the most visible representative of the Marston Historical Center. Cathy loves it when we have visiting scholars from around the world using the reading room, doing part of the deputations with missionaries on furlough, and introducing visitors to our Free Methodist stories:
https://www.facebook.com/FMCRadio/videos/1070790633056464/

Have you ever visited the Marston Center at the World Ministries Center? We’d love to meet you in person. As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today:

https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

12/11/2019
Shelving Installation

One of the most visible changes at the Marston Center is our space. The last part of our renovation is the library shelving. Watch as these volunteers put it together in record time. A dedicated library room offers us a place for our book collection, space for meetings, and study room for visiting scholars. https://vimeo.com/360542924

Our redesign started in 2012 with new, dedicated archive space with the Evelyn Marston Mottweiler room. The second phase involved a redesign of our visitor and display space, and lastly, we are just finishing up with new shelving in the Hugh White Library. This redesign was possible because of the Free Methodist Church and faithful givers over the last seven years. As we look into the next quadrennium we would love to partner with YOU! If you aren’t a member, join today in #NewMemberDecember. Click here to become a member today: https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

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As we enter into this end of the year period, we at the Marston Center would  like to pull the proverbial curtain back o...
12/09/2019

As we enter into this end of the year period, we at the Marston Center would like to pull the proverbial curtain back on some of our behind the scenes workings to let you peek inside! We love sharing with you stories from our Free Methodist heritage of important people, pastors, laypeople, events, missionaries, and global members. From the sources and objects in our collections that hold those stories to providing space for historians and pastors to study and tell those stories, the Marston Historical Center fulfills a vital function for the Free Methodist Church.While we are grateful to receive partial funding through the Free Methodist Church, we regularly raise over 37% of our budget. Membership is a vital part of this process. Over these next few weeks we’ll share a bit more about how we function and how you can help further our mission by becoming a member during #NewMemberDecember

You can become a member today by signing up here: https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Thank You for partnering with us during our #GivingTuesday campaign! Your dollars matter! We will report a total soon.If...
12/04/2019

Thank You for partnering with us during our #GivingTuesday campaign! Your dollars matter! We will report a total soon.

If you missed participating, it is never to late to give. https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

#GivingStory Despite sensing God’s calling to the mission field from a young age Betty Ellen Cox (1918-2012) was haunted...
12/04/2019

#GivingStory Despite sensing God’s calling to the mission field from a young age Betty Ellen Cox (1918-2012) was haunted by the idea that, “No, I must be making a mistake. God knows better than to call me. He knows I can’t do anything.” Later realizing that language study was a need and an area of personal giftedness, Betty Ellen responded to God’s call to the mission field. Betty Ellen, appointed to Burundi, worked on a grammar, dictionary, and variety of other books in Kirundi, the native language. As is custom when missionaries retire, her correspondence, writings, and copies of her work were placed within the Marston Memorial Historical Center. But retirement isn’t where this story ends. During the early 2000s, Cathy Robling, director of the Marston Memorial Historical Center, started getting phone calls and emails from groups such as World Relief, Yale University, Tucson Unified School District, and other groups work with refugees requesting copies of Betty Ellen’s Kirundi-English dictionary. As the requests continued to flood the staff from around the US and Canada, the decision was made to upload the dictionary to the Marston Center website. Betty Ellen, alive at the time the dictionary began to be sought out decided to allow its free usage to glorify God and bring people to Christ. It remains one of the most visited cite on FMCUSA. Betty Ellen’s decision has allowed refugees in America and Canada and those who work with them to communicate more effectively and help with the resettlement process. Thank you, Betty Ellen, for demonstrating the Marston Center’s goal of mining the past to shape the future. Help support the Marston Memorial Historical Center as we impact the world through mining the riches of our past: https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston This year’s #GivingTuesday is a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar. #ThanksBettyEllen #KirundiEnglishDictionary #MarstonHistoricalCenter #FMWM #GivingTuesday

12/03/2019
We're going digital!

We hope you are enjoying the stories of how the Marston Historical Center is mining the past for today's mission. For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar. We are so thankful for the Free Methodist tradition of giving and serving. https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

12/03/2019

#MyGivingStory Rev. Shivraj Mahendra recently used the valuable resources in the Marston Historical Center. He shares a few words about supporting this ministry. This year’s #GivingTuesday is a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston. #MyGIvingStory #WhyIGive #GivingTuesday

12/03/2019
#LibraryRedesign

This year’s #GivingTuesday we have been blessed with a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar. We are so thankful for the Free Methodist tradition of giving and serving as we approach #GivingTuesday https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

Why I Give by Mindi Grieser Cromwell:One afternoon I happened to be working in the office of Central Free Methodist chur...
12/03/2019

Why I Give by Mindi Grieser Cromwell:
One afternoon I happened to be working in the office of Central Free Methodist church. We had been blessed over the last number of years to have a over 40 African Free Methodists move to our area and church because of a refugee resettlement program. Two of my new friends happened to be working in the office with our administrative assistant working on details related to church work. I came out in the office and started chatting. I had recently stumbled across the Ebembe songbook on the Marston Center website and was unsure where in Africa the language was spoken. I knew my friends spoke Swahili but I thought maybe they might have some information to help me. As we got to talking I showed them the book and asked if they had heard of the language. My friend’s face lit up, “Yes! THIS is our language! This is what we speak at home!” As he explained it, while all of the families spoke Swahili several of them were a part of a tribe that spoke Ebembe. In fact, several of them owned copies of the book and used it when they would gather together to sing and worship. Others had lost their copies in transit to America. He was excited to be able to show them that they could download a copy online!
The Marston Center is excited to offer this resource to our Ebembe speaking Free Methodists here in the United States and scattered around the world. If you have friends who are Swahili speakers, they may also speak Ebembe and be interested in this free download:https://historical.fmcusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/hymnal-pdf2.pdf
This year’s #GivingTuesday is a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar. #MyGIvingStory #WhyIGive #GivingTuesday Click here to give: https://give.fmcusa.org/givemarston

This year’s #GivingTuesday we have been blessed with a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #Gi...
12/02/2019

This year’s #GivingTuesday we have been blessed with a matching grant! For those who give to our #LibraryRedesign on #GivingTuesday up to $2500 will be matched dollar for dollar. We are so thankful for the Free Methodist tradition of giving and serving as we approach #GivingTuesday!
We hope you are enjoying the stories of how the Marston Historical Center is mining the past for today's mission. We invite you to help spread the word about Giving Tuesday! It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday kicks off the end-of-the-year charitable season!

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