Local Church History Awards 2015

Present your Church History via Written, Audio or Visual Media. The History Needs the Following Elements: Historical Dates Memorable /Famous Events & People Images, Former & Present Ministers (contact our archivist at Prior Histories must be revised within last five years Deadline January 30, 2015.  Please note that we have moved up the deadline date. The Greater New...

Central UMC (Linwood) Wins 2014 Robert B. Steelman Methodist History Award

The Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History would like to congratulate the Central United Methodist Church in Linwood, for winning our 2014 Robert B. Steelman Methodist History Award.  To see an electronic version of the winning entry go to: If your church is interested in submitting an entry for either the Steelman Award, Best Ethnic History Award or Best Multimedia History Award, go to our...

2014 History Conference on Colonial Methodism in New Jersey

Did you know that Drew University owns John Wesley’s famous 1791 letter to William Wilberforce about ending slavery? Did you know that Wesley’s image and slavery tract are part of a permanent exhibit housed in George Washington’s Army Headquarters just up the road from Drew University and the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History? Or you may not know that the Episcopal Church parsonage in Newton, New Jersey is where Francis Asbury slept when traveling...

Let Us Celebrate Your Church's Anniversary

The Commission on Archives and History would like to celebrate your church's anniversary with you. Let us know what year you are celebrating or will be in 2014 so that we might recognize your church at Conference. If your church has a historian or someone who is knowledgeable of your church history please let us know. Thank you. Please contact Walter Jones, Archivist, via email ...

Free Online Webinars for Local Church Historians

Heritage Preservation is currently sponsoring free on-line webinar courses, in cooperation with Connection to Collections, that allows a busy local Church historian to brush up or be introduced to various aspects of the archival discipline. Each course is usually offered in a 90 minute segment over a period of two weeks with each week having two meetings. The next open webinar begins May 7 on Caring for Photographic materials ( The...

Reverend John Callanan Named Conference Historian

The Reverend John Callanan was recently voted by the GNJCAH members as the new conference historian.  John replaces Robert Steelman, who was given emeritus status in honor of his faithful years of service.  John comes to the position with solid experience in documenting and disseminating the history of the former Northern New Jersey Annual Conference.  Prior work includes membership in the NNJAC Historical Society and employment with the General Commission on Archives and History...

Minutes of GNJ Boards and Agencies Meetings Due

We would like to remind all our GNJ Boards and Agencies to send us their minutes of this year's meetings for permanent archival storage.  Please contact Mark Shenise at for further information....
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