Methodist Museum Adds New Artifacts

New Methodist artifacts on display at Southern Methodist University. Source: UM News

A few Dallas libraries will soon have major additions to their collections.

The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, is sending its entire collection, which includes original letters written by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, will be split among Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology and SMU Libraries at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

“The long history of the World Methodist Museum and its collections is distinctly vital to the church, and it is important to maintain that historical continuity,” said Anthony J. Elia, Director and J.S. Bridwell Foundation Endowed Librarian, in a press release. “We are honored to be chosen as the recipient of the WMCM’s collections and will continue to oversee and curate these items with the highest quality and standards.”

The collection also includes items such as John Wesley’s traveling pulpit; a copy of Wesley’s death mask; an unpublished poem by his hymn-writing brother, Charles, as well as Wesley-themed memorabilia like those 19th-century porcelain teapots.

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