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Salem Methodist Church, Hendricks County, Indiana collection

 Collection — Folder: S1908
Identifier: S1908

Scope and Contents

This collection includes five programs for the annual homecoming services held at the Salem Methodist Church located in Hendricks County, Indiana (1954-1964); newspaper articles regarding the church's homecoming celebrations clipped from the Mooresville Times and the Plainfield Messenger (1962-1966); two clippings about the Friends Central Academy commencement and Plainfield High School alumnus Wallace Trotter (1962-1966); and a "General Highway and Transportation Map" of Hendricks County with a handwritten notation by Ruth Pritchard indicating location of the church (undated).


  • 1954-1966

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In the spring of 1829, Joshua Marshall of Hendricks County, Indiana converted to Christianity during a revival meeting in nearby Putnam County. He asked Rev. John Murser to come to his house to preach in June and seven people joined the church service. Three weeks later, seven more joined and the Salem Methodist Church was formed. A meeting house made of logs was built in August of that year and in December Marshall and his wife, Mary, deeded the the land to the church for the consideration of $4.00. The log building was replaced by a frame structure around 1850. Over the years, several repairs and improvements were made to the building, but the same plain white frame meeting house was still home to the Salem Methodist congregation in the 1960s. The church is located at the intersection of 375 E. and 850 S. in Liberty Township and is said to be the oldest church on its original site in Hendricks County.


Information found within collection.

"Salem Chruch to Celebrate Homecoming." The Reporter-Times (Martinsville, Ind.), June 4, 1969.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ruth Pritchard.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/08/18 by Laura Eliason.
Salem Methodist Church, Hendricks County, Indiana collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.