Winfred D. Polk Archives
For The Arkansas Conference United Methodist Church

​​​​​​Newspapers

Click above to read or download copies of the Arkansas Methodist Newspaper issues beginning with 1884.

Virginia White

Editor

​The Occasional Papers

The Historical Society also publishes a newsletter,

"The Occasional Papers," and distributes copies to it’s members, local church historians and leaders within the conference. 


You are invited to join the

Arkansas United Methodist Historical Society.

To join, send a check for $10 per person to: 
BARBARA CLARK (870-523-6178)
2605 Normandy Drive
Newport, AR 72112 

Keenan Williams, Chair

Arkansas United Methodist Historical Society

The United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas

The United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas gives people an opportunity to participate

in recording and telling the story Arkansas Methodism's history, hosting an annual banquet each spring.


"The Occasional Papers"

The links below are back issues of this publication

of the Arkansas United Methodist Historical Society.

Winter, 2013

Fall, 2014

Spring, 2015

Winter 2016

​Winter 2017

At the 2014 Annual Banquet of the Historical Society, the guest speaker was the Rev. Alfred T. (Fred) Day, III, senior pastor of the Historic St. George’s UMC in Philadelphia. Only a week after his three-day visit to Arkansas,

the UM General Commission on Archives and History announced

that Rev. Day had been unanimously elected

by the Commission to be its next general secretary. 

By his witness we were drawn into a closer walk as disciples of Jesus Christ.



The 2015 Annual Banquet of The United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas was held on April 25th at Little Rock's First United Methodist Church.  The guest speaker was Randy Frazier of Wye Mountain.

The guest speaker at the 2017 Banquet was Dr. Josh Williams, Curator at Historic Washington State Park on the topic of "Slaves of Christ - Methodism and Slavery" (the subject of his doctoral disseration).

The 2016 Annual Banquet of The United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas was held on April 25th at Little Rock's First United Methodist Church.  The event featured a panel discussion

by Earl Carter, Chester Jones, and Ed Matthews.

The 2017 Annual Banquet of The United Methodist Historical Society of Arkansas was held on April 8th at Little Rock's First United Methodist Church, with Joe Guenter presiding.