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History and Archives

Highland Park United Methodist Church is the subject of a book length history. That book, Branches of the Living Vine, may be found here and here.

The HPUMC Archives is a long term project of Highland Park United Methodist Church. It was begun in 1965, in anticipation of the church’s 50th anniversary, and has been maintained ever since. The Archive itself will have its 50th anniversary in 2015. Kent Roberts, our current archivist, is the fourth HPUMC archivist.

The Archives maintains extensive holdings about mission, worship, administration and the everyday life of the Church and its impact in the city, nation and world.

Some of the holdings include:

Worship – HPUMC has had great preachers since its founding, including the remarkable Clovis G. Chappell, considered one of the greatest Protestant ministers in the South before WWII. The archives contains an extensive collection of worship bulletins, written and recorded sermons and robust documentation of the music ministry of the church.

Missions – Health, education and evangelistic missions in China, Haiti, Bolivia, West Dallas and South Dallas, as well as youth mission trips.

Church Newspaper – The full run of the church’s weekly newspaper The Tower from 1937 – 2011.

Wesleyan Service Guild/United Methodist Women – records on this very active part of our congregation date from the first months of the church in 1916.

Church School – an extensive collection on the 92 Sunday School Classes that have formed at the church over the life of the congregation.

Youth – eight decades of records related to the programs of the church to raise its children in the faith and teach them to serve in the name of Christ.

Church Demographics – the collection includes numerous member lists and leadership directories permitting a long term perspective on the evolving congregation.

Oral Histories – recorded recollections of the life and times of the church with memories dating back to the founding of the church in 1916.

Access to the Archives is by appointment only. Documents may not be removed from the Archives, but most can be scanned or copied for use offsite. Please contact the Archives to discuss our holdings, your research needs and the procedures for accessing and visiting the Archives via .