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Welcome to the Archives and History page! Methodists have long been meticulous record keepers, publishers of Christian materials, worshipers in historic churches, and difference-makers in the world. As such, the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences have an abundant and fascinating history.
There are two main organizations engaged in the preservation of the archives and history – The Commission on Archives and History, and the Tennessee Conference Historical Society. The Tennessee and Memphis Conference Archives are housed at the John Abernathy Smith Heritage Center, a museum and depository open to anyone interested in Methodist history in Tennessee. We would love for you to visit!
The John Abernathy Smith Heritage Center
520 Commerce Street, Suite 205
Nashville, TN, 37203
Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday 9 am – 2 pm
(researchers are requested to call for an appointment)
The Heritage Center is the home of records, written works, and objects of lasting historical value, that relate to the history of the Tennessee and Memphis Annual Conferences and antecedents. Due to of the role the conference plays as a center for publishing, the base for church agencies, and its’ original geographic area encompassing most lands west of the Appalachians, there are materials that are associated with many people and regions outside the present boundaries of the conferences.
Commission on Archives and History (CAH) Members
Chair: Leland Carden
Secretary: Linda Collier