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Kirklin Methodist Church historical sketch

 Collection — Folder: S2153
Identifier: S2153

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a copy of “A History of the Kirklin Methodist Church, 1937-1959,” a four-page, typewritten historical sketch copied and used during the October 9, 1960 homecoming celebration of the Kirklin, Indiana church. The church’s history is presented chronologically and includes information regarding previous pastors, church and parsonage renovations, church programs, and deaths of church members.


  • 1959-1960

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

The small town of Kirklin was established in 1837 and is located in Kirklin Township, Clinton County, Indiana. The Methodist Episcopal Church was the first church organized in the township and its original location was about a mile north of town. The congregation met in a schoolhouse before a church was built around 1840 and christened "New Salem." It is believed that around 1870 the church abandoned its building and the congregation moved into town, first meeting in a blacksmith shop then later in an undertakers before building a new church sometime between 1871 and 1875. Though renovated several time, the old church was still the congregation's home when it celebrated its homecoming in October 1960. The building was later sold and is now a private residence.


Information found within collection.

Claybaugh, Joseph. History of Clinton County, Indiana: With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Reocrds of Many of the Old Families. Indianapolis, Ind.: A.W. Bowen and Company, 1913.

Town of Kirklin, Indiana. "History." Accessed February 16, 2021.


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 records transfer from the Genealogy Division on 1963/11/11 from a donation from Mrs. John Templeton.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/02/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/02/16 by Laura Eliason.
Kirklin Methodist Church historical sketch
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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