Hanson Place Central Methodist Church publications, 1909 – 1975

Call Number: ARC.171

Extent: 0.63 Linear feet, in one and one half manuscript boxes.

The Hanson Place Central Methodist Church publications span the years 1909 to 1975 and are housed in two manuscript boxes. The collection is primarily comprised of newsletters, The Messenger, issued by the church from 1958 to 1975.

Box 1 contains: Newsletters, The Messenger, 1958 to 1965. The following materials are also included: a church directory of membership and organizations (1956); a report of The Florence Nightingale Association covering the years 1909, 1910, and 1911; a Lenten self-denial folder for 1968; a bound publication pertaining to the 1917 Colonial Festival held at the church; and miscellaneous church programs and newsletters. The church directory lists the names, addresses, and phone numbers for all official church members.

Box 2 contains: Newsletters, The Messenger, 1966 to 1975.

The Hanson Place Central Methodist Church (now the Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church) was first organized as Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Church in 1857. The original church was built on the corner of Hanson Place and St. Felix Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene. The church building was declared unsafe in 1927 following the digging of subway lines and had to be demolished. The Church built again on the same site and the architecturally significant church was completed in 1931. The architecture firm of Halsey, McCormick, and Helmer designed the Modern Gothic/Art Moderne style church, as well as the adjacent landmarked Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.


  • Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) — Religious life and customs
  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)


  • Methodist Episcopal Church — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Methodists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Religious institutions — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Directories
  • Newsletters
  • Programs (documents)

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