Category: Hymn History

S1E12: Dr. Milton Loyer on Hymns of Central Pennsylvania

A surprising number of Gospel songs in our hymnals come from central Pennsylvania. In this episode, Dr. Loyer, the archivist for the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, talks about these songs and the stories behind them.           Watch online:

Phillip Bliss and the Ashtabula Train Disaster

In Ashtabula, Ohio, near the hospital, is a historical marker to what was the worst train disaster in American history to that point.   Philip Bliss and his wife Lucy died in the greatest train wreck to-date on American History on December 29, 1876. But he left us a hymn, “I Will Sing of My Read more…

Wonderful Peace

Join us as we go on location to West Bend, WI to learn about the Wisconsin gospel song, Wonderful Peace! This hymn is a uniquely Wisconsin hymn. The words were written by a pastor buried in Wisconsin, and set to music by a pastor born in Wisconsin. Rev. Warren D. Cornell was born in Michigan Read more…