Old McKendree Anniversary
When
Saturday, September 21, 2019 to Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Old McKendree Chapel
Bainridge Rd.
Jackson, MO 63755

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“Preserving the Past to Inspire the Future”
Celebrating 200 Years of Methodism
On the Western Frontier
 
Hosted by:  The Riddle Lecture Series, Center for Regional History,
 Southeast Missouri State University
And McKendree Chapel Memorial Association
September 21, 2019
 
Glen Auditorium, Dempster Hall, Southeast Missouri State University
Closing Banquet: Centenary United Methodist Church
 
Join us as we honor McKendree Chapel, the “Church on Hallowed Ground” at a modern-day camp meeting!  Explore how religion was an integral part of our nation’s history on the “Edge of Civilization” in the early 1800’s!
 
Tour the sacred grounds of McKendree Chapel. Hear modern day descendants share their family story in the Cemetery.  Learn what our role is today in preserving history so that we may inspire the future! Tour exhibits at The Kellerman Foundation and at the Cape Girardeau County History Center that focus on taming the frontier through religion West of the Mississippi!
 
Sponsors: 
  • Cape Girardeau County History Center
  • The Kellerman Foundation
  • Southeast Missouri State University:  Center for Regional
  • History and Center for Scholarship Teaching and Learning
  • Tomlin Insurance
Speakers and Topics:
  • “John Wesley’s Optimism of Grace,” Rev. Dr. Henry H. Knight III, Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO
  • “African Americans in Early American Methodism Rev. Dr. Robert Williams, Editor, Methodist History, Former Chair of General Commission on Archives and History           
  • “Bending Wesley: Francis Asbury and William McKendree at the crossroads of American Methodism” Dr. John Wigger, Professor of History, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • “Westward Expansion, The Spread of Religion, and Methodism,” Dr. Frank Nickell, Director, Kellerman Foundation, Professor Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University
  •  “Methodism Takes Missouri”, Rev. Dr. John Gooch, Retired Methodist Clergy, Editor and Author, Missouri Methodism
  • "Midwestern Mason-Dixon Methodism”, Rev. Dr. Russell Richey, Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus Emory University
  • "McKendree Chapel, a Microcosm of Methodism in Antebellum America,” Hon. Stephen Limbaugh, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri
  • “Writing the History of McKendree Chapel,” Larry Tucker, Former President Missouri Bar Association, Chairperson, Missouri Methodist Foundation
  • “The Role of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Center for Regional History in Preserving History,” Dr. William Eddleman, Associate Director, Cape Girardeau Research Center, State Historical Society of Missouri and Dr. Adam Criblez, Director, Center for Regional History, Southeast   Missouri State University
About McKEndree Chapel: McKendree Chapel, the oldest Protestant church still standing west of the Mississippi, is exemplifies the spread of religion in the Westward Expansion of the early 1800’s. Gathering first in small classes and camp meetings, dedicated Methodists in Southeast Missouri came together to worship and study.  In 1809, the faithful established a class near Jackson. Over the years camp meetings were held on a two (2) acre site later donated by the William Williams family. The spot was chosen because of its position on a hill covered with a fine grove of trees and a natural spring of fresh water.  In 1819, McKendree Chapel was constructed of hand-hewn logs from the site in time to host the first Missouri Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church held west of the Mississippi River.  Regular services continued until the 1880’s with special services held after that time. 
 
Today, the Chapel and cemetery remain sacred ground dedicated to worship, meditation, and celebration.  The grounds cover 15 acres. While privately held by the McKendree Chapel Memorial Association, the grounds are open from dawn to dusk to visitors, including tourists, photographers, reunions, confirmation classes, Scouts, wedding parties, and worshipers Special services are held throughout the year.  Visit our website at http://oldmckendree.org/.
 
In 1960 Old McKendree Chapel was designated one of 10 major Methodist Shrines of America. The General Conference has included the Chapel in the 49 National Heritage Landmarks in the United States.  In 1987, the Chapel and Cemetery were placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in the U.S. 
 
CEU’s:  Clergy may earn one CEU for participate on in this seminar. Contact Adelaide Parsons regarding CEU for Lay Speakers and Lay Servants of the UMC.
 
More Information:  Contact Adelaide Parsons, ahparsons@charter.net or 573-339-8521 or the Missouri Conference-Southeast District Office, 6 N. Clark, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. 573-334-8723 or southeast@moumethodist.org.

SCHEDULE

 The Bicentennial of Old McKendree Chapel
September 221-22, 2019
 
Glenn Auditorium, Harrison College of Business, Dempster Hall, Southeast Missouri State University
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: 
8:00 AM   Registration
9:00– 10:00 AM   Part I A Session “Remembering Our Past”
  • “John Wesley’s Optimism of Grace,” Dr. Henry H. Knight III (Hal), Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, St. Paul School of Theology
  • “African Americans in Early American Methodism.” Dr. Robert J. Williams, Editor, Methodist History, Former Chair of General Commission on Archives and History, Retired Clergy
10:00 AM- 10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 AM—12:00 PM Part I B Session, “Remembering Our Past”, Cont.
  • “Bending Wesley: Francis Asbury and William McKendree at the Crossroads of American Methodism,” Dr. John Wigger, Professor of History, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • “Westward Expansion, The Spread of Religion, and Methodism,” Dr. Frank Nickell, Director, Kellerman Foundation, Professor Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University
  • “Methodism Takes Missouri”, Rev. Dr. John Gooch, Retired Methodist Clergy, Editor and Author, Missouri Methodism
12:00 PM Lunch in Dempster Hall
12:30 – 1:30 PM   Part II “Preserving our Past”
  • "Midwestern Mason-Dixon Methodism”, Rev. Dr. Russell Richey, Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus Emory University
  • “Writing the History of McKendree Chapel,” Larry Tucker, Former President Missouri Bar Association, Chairperson, Missouri Methodist Foundation
2:00 PM Walking Tour of the Cemetery and the Grounds (Re-enactors at the Cemetery to tell their family story)
 
2:45 PM Travel to Jackson Cape Girardeau History Center - Display of Old McKendree History
 
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM  Part III “Inspiring Our Future”
  • The Role of the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Center for Regional History in Preserving History
  • William Eddleman, Associate Director, Cape Girardeau Research Center, State Historical Society of Missouri
  • Adam Criblez, Director Center for Regional History, Southeast Missouri State University
6:30-8:00 PM  Evening Banquet, Centenary United Methodist Church
 
"McKendree Chapel, a Microcosm of Methodism in Antebellum America," Hon. Stephen Limbaugh, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
 
Worship at the Church of Your Choice
 
12:30 PM   Bicentennial Celebration of the Dedication of McKendree Chapel - Gather at Old McKendree Chapel for Modern Day Camp Meeting
                       
Activities on the Grounds to include Crafts, Tour of the Grounds and Cemetery           
Display of Plans for Future Development
Lunch Available New McKendree Food Truck, the Pie Safe
 
2:00 PM Service of Praise, Worship and Celebration
  • Honored Speaker:  Bishop Robert Farr, Missouri Conference United Methodist Church
  • Greetings from the General Commission of Archives and History, Rev. Dr. Robert Williams
Music:  Southeast District UMC Choir, under the direction of Mike Dumey, Music Director, Centenary UMC, Cape Girardeau
Attached Files

registration form.docx