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Creator First United Methodist Church (Madison, Wis.). Bethany Class
Title First United Methodist Church materials
Dates of Creation 1915-1968?
Physical Description 1 full size archives box, 1 half size archives box, and 3 flat boxes
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The First United Methodist Church Materials, 1915-1968?, consist primarily of records created by the Bethany Class, a church group for professional women affiliated with the Madison, Wisconsin church. Also included are two certificates for the Epworth League; a cookbook titled "What Shall We Have to Eat," and officer lists (1925-1937) from the Young Women's Guild; and a pamphlet for the Friendship Circle (1937-1938) that includes an officer list, meeting dates, programs, and committees. Loose photographs include images of the church building, confirmation classes, and church activities.

The Bethany Class materials consist of corganizational and financial records, including constitutions and by-laws; ledgers and account books (1915-1968); yearly membership booklets (1925-1938) providing member and officer names, meeting dates, and committee lists; and a President's book containing correspondence, a club history, and copies of other official documents. Also included in the collection are several cookbooks, a photograph album documenting the class founders, loose photographs of various events, a scrapbook, and a reel-to-reel audio recording of the group's golden anniversary party in 1964.
Admin/Biographical History The Bethany Class of the First United Methodist Church (Madison, Wis.) was started in 1914 by a group of young women who had gone to Sunday School together for many years, and wished to extend the class into a professional organization for women. According to the group's constitution from 1945, the purpose of the group was "the promotion of Christian fellowship and service. Membership shall consist primarily of business and professional women who are in sympathy with the purpose of the organization and desirous of the fellowship."

Dues were initially 50 cents a year. Cafeteria supper was held each Tuesday at 6:30 pm followed by a business, social, relisious, or educational meeting. Business meetings were held the first Tuesday of each month. The annual banquet was held in November or December each year, and a birthday party was held each February. The group later was called the Bethany Group of Business and Professional Women.
Archival History Two accessions, 1997.004 and 1998.005, comprise the collection. The initial donation in 1997 provided the majority of the Bethany Group materials.
Subjects Clubs
Methodist churches
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 First United Methodist Church (Madison, Wis.). Bethany Class
Institutions2 First United Methodist Church (Madison, Wis.)
Institutions3 Bethany Group of Business and Professional Women
Object Name Records
Call Number ARM 85-02
Catalog ID Number 1997.004.0001