Hope Publishing Company
Hope Publishing Company.
The Beginning: 1892-1922.
Hope Publishing Company was founded by Henry (Harry) Shepherd Date (1858-1915) in 1892. As a popular Methodist campground evangelist and organizer of the Young People’s Alliance (later called the Epworth League), Harry saw the need for an appropriate gospel songbook that could be sold at a reasonable price and decided to publish such a book. He rented a one-room office to house his secretary, a portable pump organ, and the proof pages of the songbook. Not having the funds to complete the larger collection, he released a small paperbound songbook, and advertised it as a sample of the soon-to-be-released Pentecostal Hymns. ‘I had very...
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