The Israelite House of David was a Christian religious commune founded in 1902. Based in and around Benton Harbor, Michigan, and High Island (Michigan), the commune required its members to refrain from sex, haircuts, shaving, and the eating of meat. The House of David operated a famous barnstorming baseball team, which toured small town America from the 1920s to the 1950s, playing major and minor teams and exhibition games. The House of David Baseball Team Research Project is dedicated to obtaining information, box scores, and oral histories from former players and fans, in order to preserve the baseball team's history as accurately as possible. The topic is expansive, including information on Louis Murphy's Spring Valley House of David Team and other teams that utilized the House of David name, with or without consent of the House of David or City of David colonies.