2020 Annual Meeting Cancelled
This is a year of many cancellations of events by many organizations. As Casselman Historians, we thought the program for the annual historical meeting in September 2020 was taking shape. We said in the April 2020 issue: “The annual historical meeting of the Casselman Historians is scheduled for September 18,19, 2020, at Grantsville, Maryland.” Yes, it was scheduled, but now it is rescheduled. The meeting for September 2020 is cancelled, but the program is postponed and rescheduled for September 2021.
The program was meant to have an MCC centennial emphasis with focus on the involvement of the Casselman Valley Amish and Mennonite congregations in MCC programs in the decades that followed. Postponement means that the centennial aspect will be recognized a year late, but the involvement of the local churches in the decades that followed will be equally timely.
The regular annual meeting schedule is the weekend of the third Saturday of September. That places the schedule of the next Casselman Historians meeting on Friday evening and Saturday forenoon, September 17, 18, 2021.
Next Annual Meeting of the Casselman Historians (Friday evening & Saturday, Sept. 18 & 19, 2020)
Topical focus: This meeting will recognize 2020 as the centennial year of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and treat the involvement of the Casselman Valley Amish and Mennonite congregations in MCC programs in the decades that followed.
MCC was founded in 1920 in an effort toward Mennonite united effort and efficiency in relief ministries. MCC’s initial work was a response to needs in Russia related to World War I and, especially, the civil war in Russia known as the Bolshevik Revolution.
The ministries of MCC were vastly expanded in geography and scope throughout the twentieth century. A major category of involvement of the Casselman Valley people, in addition to monetary donations, was relief for war sufferers of World War II though the work of the sewing circles, meat and soup canning, and the Pax program of rebuilding in Europe.
Watch future issues of The Historian for information on topics, speakers, and place of meeting. In the meantime, mark your calendar for September 18 and 19.
Schedule and Beginning Times
Friday evening and Saturday, September 20, 21, 2019 (Friday 7:00 P.M.; Saturday 9:00 A.M.) at the Maple Glen Mennonite church, Grantsville, Maryland.
The meeting is programmed as follows (information is forthcoming):
This is a free public meeting—all are welcome! Pre-registration is not required.
LOCATION: Maple Glen Mennonite Church, Grantsville, Maryland (one mile north on Dorsey Hotel Rd.) [See map with church location below]
74 Maple Glen Dr
Grantsville, MD 21536
Maple Glen Mennonite Church Location
The Casselman Historians (a.k.a. Casselman River Area Amish and Mennonite Historians) are devoted to researching, telling, and preserving the Amish and Mennonite history of the Casselman River area of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and Garrett County, Maryland.