NEJ Commission on Archives and History Annual Spring Conference
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Johnstown: First
436 Vine St
Johnstown, PA 15901

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Ed Herald

Tuesday-Thursday, May 7-9, 2019
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Hosted by the Commission on Archives and History
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Accommodations:         Holiday Inn Johnstown – Downtown
                                         250 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
                                         800-433-5663; 814-535-7777 (local)
A block of rooms has been reserved for NEJCAH Conference members at a special rate of $119 per night, plus tax. To get the special rate, make your reservation by April 10th, and mention “NEJ Spring Meeting.” After April 10th, regular room rates will apply.

Registration: Includes all meals from dinner on Tuesday evening through lunch on Thursday, including all taxes and gratuities, and all expenses related to the Wednesday bus tour.
Per Person
                           Early registration, by April 10, 2019                                 $175
                           Registration after April 10, 2019                                Add  $25 for a total of $200
                           One Day Registration (Wednesday Bus Trip only)            $95

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, please cancel by May 1, 2019.

Tentative Program:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  9:30      Conference Registration begins
               (Hotel check-in after 3:00 p.m.)
10:00      Executive Committee Meeting
1:00        Welcome and Opening Worship
2:00        NEJCAH Business Session
3:30        Break
4:00        Informative Session
                  (Led by the Executive Committee)
5:30        Dinner at the Holiday Inn
7:00        Evening program at the Holiday Inn
               Led by David Grinnell, Archivist

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7:00      Breakfast Buffet at the Holiday Inn
8:00      Board Buses for tour that will include:
  • The South Fork Dam location and club house
  • Johnstown Flood Memorial
  • Johnstown Flood Museum
12:30      Lunch at Camp Allegheny
 2:00      Board Buses for tour that will include:
  • Flight 93 Memorial Site in Shanksville
  • Grandview Cemetery
  • A ride on the Johnstown Inclined Plane
 6:00    Dinner at Johnstown: First UMC (Historic Landmark)
              436 Vine Street, Johnstown, one long block from the Holiday Inn
 7:00     Presentation on the Merger that formed the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946, and an Organ Recital performed on Johnstown: First UMC’s 4288-pipe organ

Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00-8:30      Breakfast Buffet at Holiday Inn
9:00      NEJCAH Business Session
11:00     Closing Worship
11:30     Lunch / Lunch-to-Go at the Holiday Inn

“By Water and Spirit” has been chosen as theme of the 2019 NEJ Spring Conference. We are meeting in Johnstown, a Pennsylvania town that has suffered three major floods – in 1889, 1936, and 1977. When the flood waters tore into Johnstown in 1889, it was the Franklin Street Methodist Episcopal Church building itself that forced the waters to divide, saving many of the buildings in Downtown Johnstown. And the Spirit, working through the people and the churches of Johnstown, brought the town back to life after each tragedy. Revivals led by Billy Sunday in the early 1900s brought about a resurgence of the Spirit, and churches were added and existing churches built bigger, as membership grew. The Wednesday bus tour will include key sites related to the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
Johnstown is also the home of the only United Methodist Historic Landmark in the Western Pennsylvania Conference – Johnstown: First United Methodist Church – where the uniting merger of the Evangelical Association and the United Brethren denomination took place in November, 1946, to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Our Wednesday evening session will take place there.

One CEU offered by NEJCAH for participating in all sessions.