Southeastern Jurisdiction
Monday, August 10, 2020
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Heritage Center (SEJ Archives and History)

Our mission is to preserve and keep alive the stories of the remarkable persons and events that make up our unique history as United Methodists in the Southeast so that all may remember, understand, and grow. The museum features exhibits depicting the history of the United Methodist Church and its antecedents with special emphasis on the Southeastern Jurisdiction. It is a valuable tool for the interpretation of our history and is used often for teaching confirmation classes, youth and adult groups as well as for the casual visitor. The archives include, but are not limited to, records of the former Southeastern Jurisdiction Administrative Council (SEJAC), journals and newspapers of the SEJ Annual Conferences, some local church histories, clergy biographical information, and books on a variety of subjects related to Methodism and its people in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. A special portion of our archives is dedicated to the correspondence and other personal papers of Harry Denman. We assist researchers of all levels — from those curious about where their great-granddaddy preached to scholars preparing material for publications.


The Heritage Center provides:

  • Educational displays and programs enabling visitors to enter into the lives of persons in the tradition
  • Modern, safe, properly controlled storage of administrative and historical records of clergy, laity, agencies, and organizations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction
  • A museum for the SEJ and Lake Junaluska Assembly
  • A library of SEJ-related research publications
  • A center for collecting the oral histories of our constituent groups
  • Training for annual conference and local church leaders responsible for archives and history
SEJ Commission on Archives and History Operates The Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is operated by the SEJ Commission on Archives and History at Lake Junaluska. The Heritage Center continues to acquire, organize, preserve, and make available the record of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and of Lake Junaluska.

Heritage Center Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(closed 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. for lunch)
Open other times by appointment only. Call 828-356-5065

Because of limited staffing, hours are subject to change without notice. Please call or email in advance to arrange group visits.

Contact The Heritage Center / SEJ Commission on Archives and History:

Mailing Address
The Heritage Center / SEJ Archives and History
P.O. Box 1165
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Street Address

125 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745
Phone: 828-356-5065

Physical Location
Foundation for Evangelism building
125 N. Lakeshore Drive (next door to Bethea Welcome Center)

Nancy Watkins, Director

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