Yesteryear’s Methodist Children’s Books to be on Display

MADISON, NJ—A collection of 19th century children’s books belonging to Drew University’s United Methodist Archives will be on display until May 30.  Many of the books, which were originally published for use in libraries attached to Methodist Sunday Schools, were revised and edited by Daniel Parish Kidder, a faculty member in Drew’s Theological School from 1871 to 1881.

“The exhibit offers a glimpse into the popular thematic topics in books of this genre—conversion, social reform and character-formation, to name a few,” said Cynthia Rogers, a Master of Theological Studies student and the exhibit’s curator.  “It also touches upon the ways in which the books were packaged and marketed to Sunday Schools in the 1800s.”

The materials will be on display in the lobby of Drew’s United Methodist Archives building between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, please contact Christopher Anderson at 973/408-3910 or via e-mail at


Posted: May 9, 2008