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Maud M. Turpin pageant and correspondence

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Creator: Turpin, Maud M.
Title: Maud M. Turpin pageant and correspondence
Dates: 1930-1931
Abstract: The Maud M. Turpin pageant and correspondence comprise a typescript historical pageant titled Early Days in Arkansas and two letters. Maud M. Turpin (1878-1959) was an active figure in publishing and public relations for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Accession No: BridArch 3.132
Extent: 2 folders (.1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Maud Mooney Turpin was born in Tennessee in 1878 to the Reverend Wellborn Mooney (1829-1907) and Susan Frances Dromgoole Mooney (1837-1920). She was one of eight children. Reverend Mooney’s ministry included an appointment by Bishop George Foster Pierce as a missionary chaplain to the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

Maud Mooney married Cyrus Wilson Turpin (1854-1935) on January 1, 1900 in Gibson, Tennessee. Her husband worked for the Southern Methodist Publishing House in Nashville as an authority on rare and out-of-print books. They had three children together: Robert (b. 1901), Marianne (b. 1906), and Cyrus Wilson, Jr. (b. 1910).

Turpin was heavily involved in public affairs for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS). She was named editor of the Secular Press Bureau shortly after its development in 1936, and later served as the Bureau’s secretary (director). Turpin was active in the Woman’s Missionary Council (WMC) of the MECS, and served many years as the Church Publicity Agent. Her work on behalf of the WMC included publicity management and editing The Council Bulletin, a summary of the annual WMC reports and proceedings that was disseminated externally to promote the Council’s work. The WMC passed a special resolution of appreciation in honor of Turpin’s outstanding service at its Golden Jubilee celebration in 1928. Turpin served as a delegate from the WMC to the 1936 Conference on the Cause and Cure for War. In 1938 Turpin was unanimously elected editor-in-chief of The Council Bulletin for life.

Beginning in 1936 Maud M. Turpin served as public relations secretary for the Lake Junaluska Assembly, a Methodist conference and retreat center in North Carolina. A special highlight of her career at Lake Junaluska was interviewing Eleanor Roosevelt publicly during the first lady’s visit in 1944.

Turpin was the author of Bessie Brown’s Blessing Box (1917) and The Junaluska Story: a Narrative-pageant Depicting the Inception, Early History, Growth and Development of the Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (1949). In addition Turpin’s essay “Lake Junaluska: The Summer Capital of Southern Methodism” appeared in the tourist souvenir booklet Azure Lure: A Romance of the Mountains(1924).

Turpin died on June 22, 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Clark, Elmer T. Junaluska Jubilee: A Short History of the Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. on the Occasion of its Fiftieth Anniversary (1963). New York: World Outlook Press, 1963.

“Golden Wedding.” Dresden Enterprise Newspaper. August 3, 1906.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Twentieth Annual Report of the Woman’s Missionary Council of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1929-1930. 1930.

Gray, Idyl Dial. Azure Lure: A Romance of the Mountains. Asheville, N. C.: Advocate Publishing Co., 1924.

Roosevelt, Eleanor. “My Day.” United Feature Syndicate, Inc., July 29, 1944.

Tatum, Noreen Dunn. A Crown of Service: a Story of Women’s Work in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, From 1878-1940. Nashville: Parthenon Press, 1960.

Vital Records. "Index to Nashville Birth Records 1881-1913” Metropolitan Nashville / Davidson County Archives

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains a forty-six page typescript historical drama and two accompanying letters. The unpublished pageant, Early Days in Arkansas, is a dramatic retelling of early Methodism in Arkansas. The correspondence documents the sharing of this work more broadly.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into a single series:
Series 1: Arkansas Pageant and Related Correspondence, 1930-1931


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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Turpin, Maud M.
Methodist Church – History -- Drama.
Pageants -- Arkansas.
Markham, O. Grant -- author.
Holcombe, Clarence Eugene -- addressee.

Related Materials

United Methodist Communication records, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey

Will Allen Dromgoole papers, MS.0201, University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, circa 1931-2009.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2014 by Kelly Baxter and Rebekah Rochte.

Finding aid written by

Kelly Baxter and Rebekah Rochte, 2014

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Arkansas Pageant and Related Correspondence, 1930-1931
2 folders

Maud Turpin’s historical drama Early Days in Arkansas was written for the Little Rock Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It was performed by students of Hendrix-Henderson College to mark the centennial of Methodism in Arkansas on November 12, 1930. The November 13, 1930 letter from Turpin to O. Grant Markham, a publishing agent for the Methodist Book Concern in Chicago, acknowledged his earlier request of the script and confirmed that Turpin had forwarded a copy. The January 23, 1931 letter from O. Grant Markham to Rev. C. E. Holcombe was sent with a copy of the pageant, which he thought would be of interest to the Kansas Methodist Historical Society.
Box Folder
1919A 5 Typescript pageant Early Days in Arkansas, 1930
6 Pageant-related correspondence, 1930-1931