First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church (HM1EY5)

Location: Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Kalamazoo County
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N 42° 17.42', W 85° 35.243'

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(Side One)
In 1830 the Reverend James T. Robe, a young Methodist circuit rider, delivered the first sermon in the village of Bronson, later Kalamazoo, at the home of the town's founder, Titus Bronson. After his appointment to the Kalamazoo Mission in 1832, Robe preached throughout a circuit that extended from Niles to Allegan. In 1833 the Reverend Richard C. Meek formed a local Society of Methodists, and this eight-member congregation became Kalamazoo's first organized church.

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The Kalamazoo Methodist Society met first in the home of George Patterson and later in a schoolhouse. The congregation built its first church in 1842 at Academy and Church streets. A second church, built in 1866, burned in 1926. Ernest Batterson, a church member and architect, designed the present Late Gothic Revival building, dedicated in 1929. An educational wing was added in 1949. The congregation assisted in founding a number of area Methodist churches.
HM NumberHM1EY5
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL1528
Year Placed1988
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 616457 N 4682978
Decimal Degrees42.29033333, -85.58738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 17.42', W 85° 35.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 17' 25.20" N, 85° 35' 14.58" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 S Park St, Kalamazoo MI 49007, US
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