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The General Commission publishes an Archives and History Directory, which lists Annual Conference, area, state, and jurisdictional historical societies. Each member of the Annual Conference commission should belong to one or more of these societies, as well as the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church. The conference commission should also encourage local church historians, genealogists, and others to join this fellowship of persons interested in the history of the United Methodist movement. Members may join one of four sections: Local Church History, Commissions and Historical Societies, Education and Research, and Genealogy. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, Historian’s Digest, and meets annually. Members of the Historical Society receive the newsletter, a subscription to Methodist History (the General Commission’s journal), and discounts on General Commission publications. For information about membership and benefits, contact the General Commission offices in Madison, New Jersey.

The World Methodist Historical Society is affiliated with the World Methodist Council. Its newsletter, the Historical Bulletin, disseminates information about the activities of Methodist and Methodist-related historical groups all over the world. For information or to join, contact the General Secretary, WMHS, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940.

The Annual Conference commission should also be aware of those historical groups outside the church which can be of assistance. County and state historical societies, genealogical groups, and preservation organizations are involved in issues that have a direct impact on your work. If finances do not permit membership in these societies, ask that your name be placed on their mailing lists so that you will be informed about their publications and special programs. Call on their services and expertise as needed. Inform them about your work and invite them to your events. On the national level, explore membership in the American Association for State and Local History and the Society of American Archivists.