2015 is 175th anniversary of Memphis Conference

2/24/2015

Ann Phillips, Memphis Conference archivist and historian, holds a copy of the Memphis Conference's 1990 sesquicentennial place map (limited supply). It is available at no cost by request. Also available in limited supply at no cost (while supplies last) is the 1990 book, Methodism in the Memphis Conference (1840-1990). To request single copies of one or both items, contact Phillips at memphisarchives@bellsouth.net or 731-664-5540. (Photo by Lane Gardner Camp)


The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church marks its 175th anniversary in 2015.

The conference, which includes West Tennessee and Western Kentucky, began on Nov. 4, 1840, even though local Methodists and churches had been working in the area for decades before that date, according to Ann Phillips, Memphis Conference archivist and historian.

In 1990, the Memphis Conference celebrated its sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary with several publications, some of which are still available in limited supply or accessible online:

  • A hardcover book: Methodism in the Memphis Conference (1840-1990) - Ann Phillips, Memphis Conference archivist and historian, has a limited supply of these books available at no cost while supplies last. To request one, contact her at memphisarchives@bellsouth.net or 731-664-5540.
  • A "place map" with geographic locations and descriptions of many places of historical significance within the bounds of the Memphis Conference - Ann Phillips, Memphis Conference archivist and historian, has a limited supply of these maps available at no cost while supplies last. To request one, contact her at memphisarchives@bellsouth.net or 731-664-5540.
  • Pages 361-371 of the 1990 Memphis Conference Journal are devoted to the 1990 Sesquicentennial celebration. Click here to find link to online copy of 1990 Journal.
  • The 1990 Memphis Conference Sesquicentennial Planbook included information about some Memphis Conference churches, ministers and schools with interesting histories. Historical markers should still be visible at all these locations. The place map listed above includes much of this same historical information.