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Valparaiso, Indiana Methodist Episcopal Sunday school record book

 Collection — Folder: S2159
Identifier: S2159

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the record book for the Methodist Episcopal Sunday school of Valparaiso, Indiana. The school minutes range from January 29, 1865 to June 17, 1866 and the bulk of the entries are recorded with John N. Skinner as superintendent and J. Baker Hawkins as secretary. A few entries were added by J.P. Roberts as secretary and B. Wilson Smith as superintendent. The collection also includes an 1865 circular letter with "To the Sabbath Schools in Indiana" on one side and "To Superintendents of Sabbath Schools in Indiana" on the reverse side, both attibuted to John Thompson, agent for the American Bible Society for Indiana.


  • 1865-1866

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The history of the Methodist Episcopal church in Porter County, Indiana can be traced back to 1835 when missionary minister Stephen Jones was sent to the Deep River Mission and Porter and Lake Counties became his pastoral charge. Deep River was renamed the Kankakee Mission and later the Valparaiso Circuit. The first class in Valparaiso was organized by Pastor Willim J. Forbes in 1840 and the first Methodist house of worship in Valparaiso was completed in 1849. In 1859, the Methodists founded the Valparaiso Male and Female College (now Valparaiso Univeristy), one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.


A.G. Hardesty. Illustrated Historical Atlas of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Ind.: A.G. Hardesty, 1876.

Goodspeed, Weston A. and Charles Blanchard. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F.A. Battey and Co., 1882.

Valparaiso University. "About: History." Accessed March 3, 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 purchase from C.W. Ballard on 1950/04/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/03/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/03 by Laura Eliason.
Valparaiso, Indiana Methodist Episcopal Sunday school record book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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