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2017 SEJ/Historical Society Annual Meeting

June 25 - June 28, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Gathering will be held at Asbury Seminary and the theme will be "The Lives and Legacies of E. Stanley and Mabel Jones and the Impacts and Influences of Kentucky Methodism." More details and registration information can be received by contacting Grace Yoder at 859-858-2352 or E-mail:

Western Jurisdiction CAH & Historical Society Meeting

June 26 - June 29, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska will be the host site for the biannual meeting of the Western Jurisdictional Commission on Archives and History in a joint meeting with the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church June 26-29, 2017 at our Methodist-founded higher education institution, Alaska Pacific University. The meeting will highlight some of the people, places and events that have historical significance for us as the connectional United Methodist Church. 2017 is a banner year for Alaska. It is Alaska’s Sesquicentennial. It has been 150 years since Alaska was purchased from Russia and became a District of America. Celebrations are being planned all during 2017. Some of these celebrations will happen during our June meeting. Many when they hear the word “Alaska” vision its geology and biological beauty as well as its outdoor activities, but our meeting in 2017 will add a cultural history dimension to that agenda, as we learn about Methodist activity since 1886, Alaska indigenous people’s involvement, and many social and economic issues that provide a basis for mission outreach. The Alaska Conference website is and Alaska Pacific University’s website is for general information. Registration information is expected to be published in the January issue of Historian’s Digest at The Alaska United Methodist Conference is one of three missionary conferences in the United States and therefore obtains all of its pastors from other conferences and are basically supported by The Advance. Please join this distinguished group of people interested in Methodist history June 26-29, 2017.

North Central Jurisdiction Archives & History Convocation

July 10 - July 13, 2017
Bismark, North Dakota

The Dakotas Annual Conference is hosting the North Central Jurisdiction Archives & History Convocation in Bismark, North Dakota from July 10-13, 2017. Meetings will be held at Legacy UM Church and the event will include presentations, a bus tour, banquet, and a documentary at the Heritage Center. For more details and please email Rev. Duane Coates at For online registration go to

GCAH 2017 Annual Meeting

September 15 - September 18, 2017
Madison, New Jersey

General Commission on Archives and History will hold its Annual Meeting in Madison, New Jersey on the campus of UMC-affiliated Drew University. This quadrennial meeting will include a special invitation to annual conference Chairs of Commissions on Archives and History of the UMC to attend the meeting and participate in workshops. Official invitations will be sent out early in the spring.

Historic St. George’s UMC’s Time Traveler October Program

October 14, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Discover your Methodist DNA at the October 14, 2017, Time Traveler Program starting at 2:00 pm. Find more details and register online at

SEJ Heritage Preservation Workshop

November 16 - November 17, 2017
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

The SEJ Commission on Archives & History will sponsor a Heritage Preservation Workshop, Friday-Saturday, November 16-17, 2017. The topics to be discussed include how to do living history presentations, writing a local church history, and how to create an oral history program. More details and registration information will be posted when it becomes available.

2018 SEJ/Historical Society Annual Meeting

July 17 - July 20, 2018
Williamsburg, Virginia

The Virginia Conference Historical Society will host the 2018 Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Annual Meeting. The theme will be "Religious Liberty in the Historical Advance of Virginia Methodism." The four-day event will include tours, special music, banquets, and plenty of time for fellowship. More details will become available as the event nears.