Commission on Archive and History

Commission on Archive and History

Photo of First M.E. Church in Oklahoma City

Our Mission

The ministry of memory recognizes the importance of promoting distinctive Wesleyan and United Methodist traditions and recognizing and celebrating historically significant people, events, and sites in the Oklahoma Conference To support the collection, preservation, and public presentation of records and other historically significant materials in the Oklahoma Conference archives.

To provide services to churches and church historians to help them record and preserve their records and history, including training workshops and other informational resources and services.


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Archives and History Tools

These items are available by contacting Christina Wolf by calling (405) 208-5919 or e-mail to:

"How-to" documents and other tools to help you with your church history projects.

Archives and History Packet

  • Current Guidelines (a Cokesbury publication)
  • Preservation Booklet (Gaylord)
  • Printout of latest retention schedule
    (only if you are unable to access the online version)

  • Memory and Ministry DVD
    (a 31 minute video that churches may borrow. Also in VHS format, contact Christina Wolf at the information listed above)

Researching United Methodist History

Guthrie 1903 M.E. Conference

Oklahoma Resources

Here are some useful links from Oklahoma sources

Oklahoma City University Archives Web site  


General Commission on Archives and History Resources

Here are some useful links from the GCAH website

Memoir Index online  

Other Conference Archives Contact Information  

GCAH Resource page  

Historic Site Designation

Receiving this designation from our Annual Conference is the first step to getting Heritage Landmark Designation at our denomination level.

General Commission on Archives and History

Process for Historic Site Designation

A church, a group, or an individual may initiate the process, but the Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History must become involved at an early stage. Only the commission can make the formal recommendation to the Annual, Central, or Jurisdictional Conference.Find more information by clicking the link to the left.

Process for Heritage Landmark

A Heritage Landmark is a structure or location specifically related to significant events, developments, or personalities in the overall history of The UMC or its antecedents. Landmarks must have distinctive historic interest and value for the denomination, as contrasted with local or regional historic significance. Find more information by clicking the link to the left.

Commission on Archives and History


Dedication Services of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Norman, Oklahoma.