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From June 22-24, 1926 a delegation of nearly 250 members of Sunday schools in the Illinois area convened for the 76th annual Illinois State Sunday School convention in Granite City, Illinois. The convention an others like it were being held in response to an increase in Sunday school programs in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which created a growing need for properly trained Sunday school teachers. The conventions were held as a way to attract and train teachers, as well as develop age-appropriate curriculum for students. Key issues that teachers and churches might be faced with were also addressed at these meetings.
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S.S Convention at Granite City. (1926 June 24). Murphysboro Daily Independent. Retrieved from https://newspaperarchive.com/murphysboro-daily-independent-jun-24-1926-p-6/
State S.S. Convention to be at Granite City. (1926 June 10). Murphysboro Daily Independent. Retrieved from https://newspaperarchive.com/murphysboro-daily-independent-jun-10-1926-p-6/