Explore the History of Trinity and Methodism in Florida

Explore the History of Trinity and Methodism in Florida

by Gloria Colvin, Trinity Librarian

For those interested in learning more about Trinity’s history, check out the book Trinity United Methodist Church: Tallahassee’s First Church 1824-1999 available in Trinity’s McKenzie Library (287.609 Tri). As part of the church’s 175th anniversary celebration in 1999, this book covers the various periods of Trinity’s history from its founding through 1999. It was written by Trinity members Norman Booth, Rubie Plant Butterworth, Vernon Parramore, Christine Puckett Moody, and Linda Yates who also served as editor. Marti Chumbler is writing an update of the book that will cover the years from 1999 to the present. It will be available soon after the 200th anniversary celebration in 2024.

Trinity also figures in Florida Flame: A History of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (287.09759 Tem), an in-depth look at the beginnings and development of Methodism in Florida written by Robert M. Temple, Jr. who grew up in Trinity. Rev. George Foster, a former Trinity pastor, contributed to an earlier book on the history of Methodism in Florida, From Saddlebags to Satellites (287.09759 Bro).

The online catalog of Trinity’s adult and children’s libraries is searchable online. Look for the Church Library link (https://www.tumct.org/grow/mckenzie-library/) on the Trinity website under the Community heading. The libraries have books on a broad range of topics, and they can be checked out for 3 weeks. The library is open on Sunday mornings, but church staff can unlock it during the week.