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After gathering informally for several years at the American Historical Association (AHA) annual sessions, history teachers in Adventist higher education formally organized into the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH) in 1973 and subsequently became an affiliated organization of the AHA, holding an evening supper meeting during the annual sessions.  One of ASDAH’s initial actions was to recommend to the General Conference to establish an archive available to researchers. Over time, the growth of specialized historical organizations with their own meetings and decreasing availability of travel funds resulted in few Adventist historians attending the AHA sessions and accompanying ASDAH meetings. In 1995, Ben McArthur helped revive the organization as a series of triennial meetings at different Adventist universities and colleges, the first of which took place at Southern Adventist University. This practice is continued till today and ASDAH has evolved into an open community of scholars and laypersons who share the same common interests in fostering research not only on Seventh-day Adventist history but all aspects of history. It is also concerned with curriculum, assessment, and other aspects of history department operations. The association publishes an annual newsletter. During the 2013 business meeting at the triennial conference at Union College, a more formal structure for ASDAH was proposed with Ed Allen elected as the president. Following that a work group to develop a more formal constitution for ASDAH was set up and this website was developed as a vehicle of communication among members of ASDAH.* 

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The ‘Rhymes’ of History: Change, Disruption, and Repeating the Past

Adventist Scholars from a variety of universities share their research on Adventist history, wider church history and how to teach and research the past


A Conference of the Association of SDA Historians

Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN


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The Past and Future of Adventist History

We will feature a Friday evening Plenary Panel "The Past and Future of Adventist History" with David Trim, Phillip Warfield, Benjamin Baker, and Michel Sunhae Lee

Presidential Banquet Room

07:00 PM-

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We would like those who register to indicate if they want to attend either of two Sabbath afternoon activities: a tour of local Adventist History or a trip to Chickamauga Battlefield. Registration is $35 and includes:
  • Thursday supper
  • Friday lunch
  • Friday supper
  • Sabbath lunch

Registration Instructions:

Follow the steps outlined below to register.
  1. Pre-register here to select your Sabbath activity.
  2. Purchase your ticket to attend the conference by selecting the Buy Now button below.

Hotel and Lodging

For your convenience, the following hotels are located a short distance from campus and offer a discount* to those visiting Southern. Please specify that you would like the "Southern Adventist University Discount" upon calling. Click the link below to view lodging options on Southern's campus.

Southern Adventist University Lodging


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