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 This volume

Of

THE CHRONICLE

is dedicated to

the glory of God

and in memory of

 

John Herbert Ness

 

devoted compassionate churchman,

committed and untiring

father, pastor, historian and friend

who modeled Jesus the Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Eusebius Hershey (1823-1891), from the book In Search of Eusebius Hershey by Daniel G. Ziegler, published in 1966 by the Church Extension Department of the Bible Fellowship Church, Plainfield NJ.  See the article beginning on page 26.

 

THE CHRONICLE is published by the Historical Society of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, PO Box 2053, Mechanicsburg PA  17055.

 

THE CHRONICLE

 

Journal of the Historical Society

of the

Central Pennsylvania Conference

of the

United Methodist Church

 

Milton W. Loyer

editor

 

Volume XIII                                                                                             spring 2002

       Editor's Preface .....................................................................................…...............2

 

       Dedication: Dr. John H. Ness................................................…..........….......……..4

 

       Contemporary United Methodist Scholarly Papers

1. Methodism in the Northern Tier – Some Bits of History……………..…..…5

by Charles Berkheimer, 1965

                                                2. The Place of the Historical Society

                                                     in the United Methodist Church and its Predecessors …………………….16

by John Ness, 1992

3. United Brethren Ecumenism…………………………………………..……22

by Edwin Schell, 2000

                                                4. Centre County PA as a Microcosm of Early United Brethren Dynamics.....26

by Milton Loyer, 2001

5. The Significance of Old Hay Bay Church…………………………………..51

by J. William Lamb, 2001

 

       Nineteenth Century Central Pennsylvania Correspondence

1. Early Harrisburg’s Swedenborgian Challenge. Peter Birkman, 1826…..…..59

 

2. Margaret Foster’s Text Book. Margaret Foster, 1828……….......…………68

 

3. Plans for the Williamsport Academy? William Clark, 1847…….……….…81

 

4. Bellefonte Methodism: Behind the Scenes. John Tonner, 1854………….....86

 

5. Student Commentary from Union Seminary. Addison Long, 1867………....93


 

 

inside back cover:


 

This volume of THE CHRONICLE

has been made possible

by sponsoring gifts

from the following members

of the Historical Society.

 

 

FRIENDS

Stewart F. Bingman, Mechanicsburg

Bruce D. Gearhart, Dillsburg

Robert and Jean Stokes, Hummelstown

Clair and Rosella Troutman, McAlisterville

Howard West, Caldwell KS

 

SPONSORS

Milton and Sandra Loyer, Mechanicsburg

John F. Piper, Williamsport

 

PATRONS

Dora E. Loyer, Lancaster

Robert O’Hara, Lemoyne

 

BENEFACTORS

General Commission on Archives and History, Madison NJ

 

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