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Title: Sterling-Rock Falls Ministerial Association Records, 1948-1978

ID: RHC/RC/130

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 03/02/1981

Subjects: Ministers Association, Rock Falls (Ill.), Sterling (Ill.), Sterling-Rock Falls Ministerial Association

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Sterling Rock Falls Ministerial Association Records primarily comprise meeting minutes (1948-l978) detailing the organization’s concerns, financial situation, and projects. Organized to promote cooperation among Christian ministers from the greater Sterling-Rock Falls area, the records detail the group’s projects designed to educate citizens on local churches and their programs.  Membership lists and lists of Chaplains working at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home and the Sterling Community Hospital complete the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Ministers in charge of a congregation in the greater Sterling-Rock Falls area and executives of the YMCA and YWCA organized the Sterling Rock Falls Ministerial Association in the late 1940’s as the Council of Churches.  The group’s mission was to develop greater fellowship among Christian ministers, to study the common concerns and tasks of Christian ministers, and to inspire and further the cooperative work of churches.  Several projects completed by the Association included doing a religious survey of the community, publishing a directory of all churches to he distributed by the local Welcome Wagon, cooperating with the Y.M.C.A. in Sunday Evening Club services, actively working for anti-liquor ordinances, and each year cooperating in a study project of varying topics.  The Association continues to insure local church cooperation today.

Subject/Index Terms

Ministers Association
Rock Falls (Ill.)
Sterling (Ill.)
Sterling-Rock Falls Ministerial Association

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public

Acquisition Source: Reverend David Beebe

Acquisition Method: Reverend David Beebe, President, donated the Sterling-Rock Falls Ministerial Association Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 2, 1981.

Related Materials: Researchers studying religious history in northern Illinois should consult the church record collections held by the Regional History Center; see the Center guide index for a listing. Church histories also are available in the reference room and several minute books from local churches can be found in the Vertical File Manuscripts Collection.

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Folder 1: Constitution and By-Laws, 1967, 1975
Folder 2-7: Minutes, 1948-1978
Folder 8: Membership Lists, 1955-1975
Folder 9: Colonial Acres and Community Hospital Chaplains, 1971, no date

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