Red Bird Mission Records,1920-1985

Descriptive Summary

Title
Red Bird Mission Records,1920-1985
Creator
Red Bird Mission
Extent
21 microfilm reels; 981 items
Subjects
Appalachia -- Arts and crafts
Bell County, Kentucky -- Missionaries
Bell County, Kentucky -- Bookmobiles
Arts and crafts -- Marketing
Organizations, social service -- Red Bird Mission
Bell County, Kentucky -- Arts and crafts
Bell County, Kentucky -- Education
Missions, Methodist -- Red Bird Missionary Conference
Appalachia -- Health care
Appalachia -- Education
Bell County, Kentucky -- Hospitals
Bell County, Kentucky -- Health care
Beverly, Kentucky -- Red Bird Mission
Social settlements -- Red Bird Mission
Bell County, Kentucky -- Social settlements
Appalachia -- Social settlements
Bell County, Kentucky -- Missions, Methodist
Hospitals -- Red Bird Mission Hospital
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Repository
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Mission was founded by the Evangelical Church in 1921 at Beverly, Kentucky near the Red Bird River. The Mission had three main goals: to improve health care; to provide better educational opportunities; and to aid in spiritual growth. Red Bird built several other missions near Beverly; by the 1950s there were at least a dozen mission locations in southeastern Kentucky. Most of these offered a school and a church, but the Red Bird Mission at Beverly was the only one to offer medical services and a hospital. The Mission also sponsored a crafts marketing program, a bookmobile, and an early childhood development program.
When founded, the Red Bird Mission was part of the Evangelical Church, which merged with the United Brethren Church to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946. By 1955, the latter organized the Kentucky Missionary Conference to unite the missionary work of the two denominations. When the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged with the Methodist Church to form the United Methodist Church, the Red Bird Missionary Conference was organized. The Red Bird Mission, which had been incorporated in 1968, began operating under the Red Bird Missionary Conference in 1973.
Scope and Content
These document the administration and programs of the Red Bird Mission at Beverly in Bell County, Kentucky.