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Canadian Methodist Historical Society  

1. The promotion in Canada of the study of the history of Methodism, its relations with other denomination and its place in the history of Canada.

2. The preparation of papers on Methodism, and more particularly, of Methodism in Canada, and so far as possible, the publication of these.

3. Collection and preservation of historical documents and important artifacts relating to Methodism in Canada and deposit of these in suitable repositories.

4. Promotion, preservation and interpretation of important Methodist historic sites in Canada, in co-operation with Methodist-related religious denominations.

5. Establishment and maintenance of fraternal relations with Methodist historical socities in other countries, and more particularly, with the World Methodist Historical Society

(The Canadian Methodist Historical Society Constitution, revised 1996)

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Canadian Methodist Historical Society

Organized 1899 - Reorganized 1975


The 2005 Annual Meeting in Guelph

The Canadian Methodist Historical Society accepted an invitation to hold this year's meeting in the historic Norfolk Street United Church in Guelph, Ontario The year 2005 is the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the imposing limestone building which is still in use; the congregation itself was well established by that time and the church will celebrate their 170th anniversary in 2006.

The meeting was held on October 14-16, the weekend after Thanksgiving. It began with a bus tour of seven historic churches in the area on Friday. There was an interesting set of papers plus the annual general meeting on Friday night and Saturday, an evening performance of singing and ringing by the youth choir and bell ringers from Stamford United Church in Niagara Falls was enjoyed by all. Then the society members were invited to participate in the Sunday morning anniversary worship service at Norfolk Street United Church.

Preliminary plans for the 2006 Meeting

Watch for something new in the year 2006: a joint meeting of the Canadian Methodist Historical Society, the Charles Wesley Society, and the Hymn Society of the U.S.A.. it is still early in the planning stages, but is tentatively scheduled for the end of September, in Toronto. This should be an exciting opportunity to explore the richness of the Wesleyan musical heritage.

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