Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Historians choose Smith’s book


The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church will present its 2014 Saddlebag Selection Award to Professor Tash Smith of Shawnee for his book “Capture These Indians for the Lord.”

Dr. Smith teaches at St. Gregory’s University. His book “sheds light on the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, among the Oklahoma tribes from the separation of American Methodism in 1844 to its reunion in 1939,” a press release stated.

In his research for the book, Smith found sources in the Oklahoma United Methodist Archives, located at the Oklahoma City University Library.

The society will present the award at its meeting July 20-23 at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. Oklahoma Conference archivist Christina Wolf will be among those attending.

Smith also provided vital material for the Act of Repentence and Reconciliation at the 2014 Oklahoma Annual Conference.

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