Old-time preacher riding his horse

The Wisconsin Conference Commission on Archives and History (CAH) promotes and cares for the historical interest of The United Methodist Church in Wisconsin. The rich and storied history of Wisconsin United Methodist History includes the first Wisconsin Annual Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church, which met on July 12, 1848, in Southport, Wisconsin.

The CAH operates both an Archives (located in Sun Prairie) and a Museum (located in Greenfield). These locations house a wide variety of historical records and materials relating to The United Methodist Church in Wisconsin, which are preserved and made available for public and scholarly use. The Commission is made up of a staff person and volunteers who oversee the Conference Archives and Historical Museum. The CAH actively encourages local congregations to preserve their historical materials. An Archives Guide for Local Church Historians is also available.

The Commission on Archives and History members meet 2-3 times per year (see our Resources page for past meeting minutes). Our newsletter, Flashbacks, is available online and provides local church historians an opportunity to submit articles for publication. To subscribe to Flashbacks, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, Appointment histories for United Methodist pastors dating back to 1925 are available. Note that we hold a retreat every year in the fall, which focuses on pertinent historical topics or events (click here to view pictures from the 2013 Archives Retreat).