Nebraska City in Otoe County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Mother Church of Methodism in Nebraska
The First United Methodist Church of Nebraska City
After Nebraska Territory was organized in 1854, Dr. W. H. Goode came to establish Methodist missions. In 1855 Goode appointed Rev. William D. Gage to lead the Nebraska City Mission.
Construction of a church began at this site in 1855. It was dedicated in November 1856. Part of the original structure forms the south end of the current sanctuary. In 1861 the Nebraska Methodist Conference was organized at Nebraska City. In 1936 the conference designated this church as "Mother Church of Methodism in Nebraska."
Erected by Nebraska City First United Methodist Church and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 438.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the United Methodist Church Historic Sites series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1856.
Location. 40° 40.632′ N, 95° 51.525′ W. Marker is in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in Otoe County. Marker is at the intersection of 11th Street (U.S. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1023 1st Avenue, Nebraska City NE 68410, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church Original 1855 Wall (here, next to this marker); Mother Church of Nebraska Methodism (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Masons of Nebraska Territory (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mary's (about 800 feet away); Nebraska City Volunteer Fire Dept. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nebraska City Museum of Firefighting (approx. 0.2 miles away); This ELI Windmill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nebraska City.
Also see . . . First UMC of Nebraska City on Facebook. (Submitted on July 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.