Winona History Center Website Now Live

April 1st, 2014

Brethren groups have been meeting for annual meetings in Winona Lake, Indiana, since the late 1800s and the little northcentral town has now become “home” to one of the cooperating Brethren Encyclopedia member groups—the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

The Winona History Center, located in the west wing of Westminster Hall (formerly the Westminster Hotel) has been undergoing a management change which has brought with it new energy, volunteers, and communication avenues for the Winona History Center and the Billy Sunday Home museum.

A new website for the center is now live at  The museum and home are regularly staffed 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and are available for touring other times by making appointments at (574) 372-5193.  They are under the direction of the history and political science department at Grace College, chaired by Dr. Jared Burkholder.

A new joint archives is forming which will include documents and artifacts from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, from Grace College & Seminary, and from the Winona History Center, which encompasses the history of Spring Fountain Park, the Winona Bible Conference and Christian Assembly, and the careers of evangelist Billy Sunday, his songleader Homer Rodeheaver, and the launch of Youth for Christ from its founding in Winona Lake along with its first full-time employee, evangelist Billy Graham.

A new Facebook page, The Winona History Center, is also now live, and contains current events and historical materials from the rich history of Winona Lake. A new centennial history of Winona Lake, entitled “Winona at 100: Third Wave Rising” was authored by Grace College faculty member (and Brethren Encyclopedia Board member) Terry White and was published by BMH Books of Winona Lake, Indiana.

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