Agra, Agra UMC
Scope and Contents
Documents and photographs from the Agra Methodist Church (1886-present) including Conference Agendas from 1986-1993 (some including budgets, pastor's reports, and trustee reports); an appointment profile (1993); church histories (1960 and 1986); a photo directory (1986); newspaper clippings (1986 and 1995); several photographs of the church and parsonage (undated); and a description of the parsonage (undated).
- Created: 1886-1994
- Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1994
- Agra United Methodist Church (Agra, Kan.) (Organization)
Biographical or Historical Information
The Agra Methodist Church was established in 1886 by circuit rider Thomas Muxlow. The first Class initially met in the Voyles schoolhouse, northeast of the present townsite of Agra; the Charter was dated 1887. Construction of the church began in 1890, but the foundation and partial structure were severely damaged in a wind storm (June 15, 1890). Church members rebuilt the structure; its completion is listed in separate documents as occurring in 1891 or 1896. Improvements to the Agra church building occurred in 1904 (bell tower added), 1920 (basement), and 1960-1961. The church celebrated its Centennial in 1986.
(A proxy letter dated Sept. 18, 1940, from W. R. Long, Agra minister 1938-1940, adds a request for the Agra church to acquire "some gothic type windows" from the abandoned Page City M.E. Church in the Colby district. As of this writing it is not known how this request was received. The proxy letter is included in a collection of documents tracing the formation of the Central Kansas Conference. As of this writing (Oct. 2018) the collection is still being processed.)
Note written by Sarah St. John
Language of Materials
This collection includes photos and documents from the Agra Methodist Church, Agra, Kansas (1886-present). The documents are predominantly from the 1980s and 1990s, with a few older photographs and a 1960 summary of the church's history.
The collection appeared in random order when acquired. For research purposes, the histories and photographs are at the front of the folder, with the administrative documents following.
- Jen McCollough, Sarah St. John
- Language of description
- Script of description