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Clear Creek Christian Church historical sketch

 Collection — Folder: S2210
Identifier: S2210

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of “History of Clear Creek Christian Church,” a five-page, typewritten historical sketch written by Henry F. Dillman and dated December 4, 1908. Dillman’s history includes a list of the twenty charter members, describes the process and cost of constructing the first church building, and mentions the preachers and other notable members of the congregation. The church history was copied in February 1949 from a copy owned by Miss Mabel Dodd, the granddaughter of Henry Dillman and great granddaughter of charter member Andrew Dillman.


  • 1908/12/04


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 Clear Creek Christian Church in Monroe County, Indiana was organized in July 1838 with twenty charter members. For the next several years, the church members met in private homes. In 1845, the congregation began to prepare for the building of a suitable house of worship. The ground for the building was donated by Benjamin Mathers and the foundation was laid in the spring of 1847. The building was completed in 1848 and was used by the congregation until it burned down in April 1916. Plans to build a new church were immediately begun and a new house of worship was dedicated on April 15, 1917. By the time the church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1938, the church was considered to have the largest membership of any rural church in Indiana.


Information found within collection.

"Clear Creek Christian Church, Noted For Rural Leadership, Reaches 100." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), July 17, 1938.

"Clear Creek Dedication." Bloomington Evening World (Ind.), April 14, 1917.

"New Church at Clear Creek." Bloomington Evening World (Ind.), April 19, 1916.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Miss Mabel Dodd in 1949/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/07/30 by Laura Eliason.
Clear Creek Christian 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.