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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG4085.AM:  First Baptist Church (Hastings, Neb.)



Records:  1873-1964

Hastings, Adams County, Neb.:  Baptist church

Size:  2 reels of microfilm containing 18 volumes



BACKGROUND NOTE



In 1872 the Reverend I. D. Newell was sent to Clay and Adams counties by the American Baptist Home Missionary Society. At a meeting in April of 1873, it was decided to organize a regular Baptist Church. Services were held initially in a building on the corner of First Street and St. Joseph Avenue in Hastings. In 1881 the first church building was erected on the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.



In the summer of 1888 the South Side Chapel was built and a Sunday School was organized there. The Congregation also maintained an East Side Chapel. In 1924 the church burned leaving only the bell tower which was incorporated into the new building dedicated in 1926. In 1956 a new parsonage was constructed and a new educational unit was added ten years later.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The records of the First Baptist Church of Hastings, Nebraska contain 18 volumes on two reels of microfilm arranged in four series: 1) Church record, 1873-1964; 2) Minutes of the Women’s Missionary Union, 1944-1951; 3) Records of the Ladies’ Aid Society, 1909-1940; and 4) Records of the General Aid Society, 1923-1937.



Most of the Church Record volumes contain lists of members, minutes of meetings, annual letters, annual reports, and a chronology of events. However, one volume contains only lists of members and one other only minutes of meetings, the record books of the Ladies’ Aid Society, and the General Aid Society include minutes of meetings and officers’ reports.



DESCRIPTION



Reel 1

Series 1 – Church record, 1873-1964



Volume




  1. 1873-1881

  2. 1887-1898

  3. 1888-1896 (lists of members only)

  4. 1899-1909

  5. 1909-1922

  6. 1922-1938

  7. 1938-1954

  8. 1954-1964 (minutes only)



Reel 2

Series 2 – Records of the Women’s Missionary Union, 1944-1954



Volume




  1. Minutes, 1944-1947

  2. Minutes, 1947-1951



Series 3 – Records of the Ladies’ Aid Society, 1909-1940



Volume




  1. Circle #3, record Book, 1909-1913

  2. Circle #3, record Book, 1915-1918

  3. Circle #3, record Book, 1925-1932

  4. Circle #3, record Book, 1932-1935

  5. Circle #3, record Book, 1935-1940

  6. Circle #3, record Book, 1933-1938

  7. Circle #3, record Book, 1938-1939



Series 4 – Records of the General Aid Society, 1923-1937



Volume




  1. Record book, 1923-1937



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Adams County (Neb.) — Churches

Baptist Church in Nebraska

Churches — Nebraska — Hastings



 



Revised 08-07-2008   TMM