Summer Celebration & UMC Historic Site Designation Ceremony

 Sunday, September 2, 2018 
3:00pm-4:00pm  
Heritage Hall Museum

This year’s Summer Celebration will now be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at Heritage Hall Museum so that along with celebrating a successful 145th season, the community can also come together for the unveiling of a plaque that commemorates Lakeside’s designation as a United Methodist Church (UMC) Historic Site.

Lakeside President/CEO Kevin Sibbring and other community members will provide reflections from another renewing summer at Lakeside, and Michael Shirtz will lead the crowd in hymns of gratitude. Bishop Tracy Malone will preside over the Historic Site dedication and bless the plaque.

The UMC Historic Site designation comes as the culmination of an application process undertaken by Lakeside and the Lakeside Heritage Society through the General Commission on Archives & History of the UMC.

The officially numbered Historic Site plaque will be placed on the original Lakeside Chapel (now Heritage Hall Museum) to honor Lakeside and all of those who have both found and provided spiritual renewal here throughout the duration of the relationship between Lakeside and the UMC. For more information on the UMC designation, visit www.lakesideohio.com/historicsite.

Please note: due to schedule changes, there will be no community picture this year.


Where it all began ...

On Sept. 11, 1872: the Central Ohio Conference meeting donated 30 acres to the Conference from the Port Clinton Circuit for Camp Meetings. The first elected board of trustees had visions of creating a place for Methodist Episcopal camp meetings in the form of a summer resort for area families.

On Aug. 27, 1873: The Rev. Henry O. Sheldon, the first presiding elder of the East Toledo Methodist Episcopal District, preached the first sermon of the Lakeside camp meeting from a basic preacher stand surrounded by 20 canvas tents. For the next 20 years, those attending the camp meetings would arrive early to build up the open air pulpit in Central Park.

The first two buildings on the site, Hotel Lakeside and the Lakeside Chapel (now Heritage Hall Museum) were built from late 1874 to early 1875.

Moving forward ...

After receiving the designation as a UMC Historic Site, Lakeside Chautauqua's application will be submitted to become a Heritage Landmark of the UMC.

A Heritage Landmark is defined as a “building, location or structure specifically related to significant events, developments or personalities in the overall history of the UMC or its antecedents."

Today, there are 49 Heritage Landmark locations across the U.S. The following were added to the list in 2016:

  • Pearl River UMC in Madison County, Miss.
  • Gulfside United Methodist Assembly in Waveland, Miss.
  • The United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Lakeside Chautauqua’s application will be presented by the East Ohio Conference to the General Conference through the General Commission on Archives and History to the General Conference in 2020.

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