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Methodist Episcopal Church, Sidney, NE

November 5, 2015

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Sidney’s Methodist Episcopal church was erected at the corner of 11th and Jackson in 1919. If this is, indeed, an example of the A-A phenomenon, it is among the very last to be built. The method for teaching Sunday School changed dramatically about 1920—abandoning the Akron system that had been in force for more than thirty years—and was replaced with “graded” instruction: the Akron Plan was no longer required and, in fact, served little purpose for graded teaching. Though it is hidden in this image, an aerial view of Sidney shows the adjacent Sunday School and suggests a D-1 configuration.

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The Methodists, by the way, have moved to the ‘burbs, making this a preservation issue for the citizens of Sidney.

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