Brethren Annual Meetings
Church of the Brethren founded 1708 in Europe. By 1778, Brethren met annually to determine church policy. First annual meeting in Indiana was in Elkhart County 1852. North Manchester Church of the Brethren hosted annual meetings 1878, 1888, 1900; last two meetings held here in Harter's Grove. Had enormous social and economic impact on area.
Business meetings and preaching by prominent Brethren leaders drew thousands from U.S. In a fair-like atmosphere, visitors had access to modern conveniences of the time, including in 1888, electric lamps. Area residents cooperated in providing visitors with housing, transportation, vast quantities of food, goods, and clean running water.
Erected 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau and North Manchester Historical Society. (Marker Number 85.2006.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 41° 0.344′ N, 85° 46.3′ W. Marker is in North Manchester
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thomas Riley Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away); First School in Whitley County (approx. 9.2 miles away); F-84 Thunder Streak (approx. 9.3 miles away); South Whitley Grist Mill (approx. 9.3 miles away); South Whitley (approx. 9.3 miles away); Kerr Lock (approx. 11.9 miles away); St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church (approx. 11.9 miles away); The Wabash River (approx. 12.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on December 12, 2013.)
2. Indiana Recognizes Brethren's Annual Meetings. From the North Manchester Historical Society. Includes information on the marker dedication and the annual meetings of the Church of the Brethren in North Manchester. (Submitted on August 24, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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