History

Epworth Forest Chronology

1889 Organization of The Epworth League; gathered almost 10,000 youth

1916 North Indiana Methodist Conference first Institute at Oakwood Park
1921 Option taken on the John Kline Property on Lake Webster for $500
1922 Charter set forth for "The Epworth Forest League Institute of the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church" (later called The Epworth Forest League Institute Foundation of The Methodist Episcopal Church")
1923 (May 1) Sale of lots at Epworth Forest
1923 (August 30) Full payment made to Mr. Kline for $24,000
Ken-dale
1924 (April 9) First Institute Directors meeting at Epworth Forest at Ben Kendall's cottage ("Ken-dale")
1924 Construction and Dedication of Auditorium (1800 guest capacity in pews) and Hotel (300 guest capacity)
1924 First Senior Institute at Epworth Forest Conference Center held with 1.334 youth registered
1924 Dixie Boat begins landing regularly at Epworth Forest
Mid 1920's Formation of the Epworth Forest Lot Owners Association, later to become the Epworth Forest Improvement Association, The Property Owners' Association of Epworth Forest and finally to its current name, The Epworth Forest Property Owners' Association.
1927 First "Megaphone" published (daily youth publication for Institute)
1928 Administration Building and Chapel built
1928 Chief Edgar Moore began Boyville (ministry for junior high boys; Girlville to follow)
1932 Two Institutes
1932 Yo-Pe-Mi-Ca begun (teen mission camp)
1933 Campmeeting became Assembly
1933 New Constitution of Epworth Forest Foundation (Epworth League Institute Foundation of the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church)
1936 Three Institutes
1939 Methodist Reunion; Epworth League became Methodist Youth Fellowship
1940 Varner Chance became music director for Institutes
1940 WSCS chartered
1941 Six Institutes
1941 Boyville and Girlville merged into Camp Adventure
1943 Pell Lodge built
1944 George Fenstermacher became Executive Secretary
1945 Annual Conference first granted financial support to Epworth Forest
1945 Pell lodge destroyed by fire
1946 Publicity for Camp Adventure concludes: "Special note : Bring one cup of sugar. (The hotel has been cut this year.)"
1947 E.P. Overmyer became Superintendent of Grounds
1947 Main roads turned over to County Highway Department
1948 New Pell Lodge built
1949 Silver Anniversary Celebration
1949 Revised Constitution adopted. Name changes to Epworth Forest Foundation, Inc. (from (Epworth League Institute Foundation of the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church)
1950 Older Youth Weekend began by this date or earlier
1950 Older Adult Fellowship meetings begun
1950 Channel dug east of Moore Hall
1950 Epworth Forest Foundation donates $200 to a newly formed lake association
1951 Young Adult Weekend begun
1953 Study Committee organized which became the Master Plan Committee
1953 Construction of six two-story cottages begun
1954 New auditorium seats purchased
1954 Streets names assigned
1955 First Epworth Forest Choir School
1957 Master Plan proposals presented to Annual Conference
1957 Remainder of Kline Island purchased for Junior Camp
1957 Forrest Wells became first Associate Executive Secretary
1957 - 1958 new classrooms were attached to Pell Lodge
1958 Construction of six two-story cottages completed
1958 Annual Conference approved $1,000,000 Expansion Fund goal
1958 Road back of Hotel closed
1958 Epworth Hills purchased
1958 Street signs installed
1958 MYF Officer Training week begun
1959 Double View Cottage winterized, first on the grounds
1959 Epworth Forest Foundation Board expanded
1959 Architects employed for Expansion program
1959 Regular Sunday Worship begun at Epworth Forest
1961 Construction of six dorm lodges begun
1961 Sewers laid
1961 "Epworth Forest est 1924" entrance sign replaced by Chuck Hefley
1961 Epworth Heights purchased
1962 First Adventure Camps held at Epworth Heights
1962-63 Construction of Administration Building complex, Cokesbury, Amphitheater, and Pell Lodge Classrooms
1963 First special education camp
1964 Construction of six dorm lodges completed>br>
1965 George Fensteracher retired; Robert Glass became Executive Secretary
1965 Assembly Divided; WSCS School of Christian Mission given a separate week
1966 Christ statue (reproduction of Thorwaldsen's Christ) donated by Mr. & Mrs. V.P. Caldwell of Huntington, IN.
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