Register now for 2018 Spring Meeting

PrintRegistration. Registration for the 2018 ACHA Spring Meeting, to be held April 12-14, 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., is now open. Click here to register now.

Fee. The registration fee is $65 and includes participation in conference panels and plenary, coffee/tea throughout the conference, receptions, and excursions to nearby sites and attractions. The fee is waived for undergraduates.


UPDATED 3/13 The final program/schedule is available for download (PDF).

Meeting overview

Mount St. Mary’s University is grateful for the tremendous interest in the 2018 Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association, which we host on our campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland from April 12-14, 2018.

We are pleased to announce a schedule that includes a plenary address on the life of Elizabeth Seton by Dr. Catherine O’Donnell of Arizona State University, a luncheon featuring Mount Seminary Professor Fr. Michael Roach, a conference mass by Archbishop William Lori, excursions to regional historical sites, and twenty-three scholarly panels and roundtables.

The conference begins with an opening reception on the evening of Thursday, April 12. The first session starts promptly at 9:00 AM on Friday, April 13. The conference concludes in late afternoon on Saturday, April 14.

Graduate student travel grants

Graduate Students are especially invited to register. Two (2) ACHA Presidential Grants are available to support travel to the conference and twenty (20) grants are available to support lodging. The deadline to apply for these student travel grants is March 15. More information is available on the ACHA awards page.

To apply for the graduate student lodging stipends or if you have questions about the Spring Meeting, please contact Dr. Owen Phelan ( * 301-447-5750) or Dr. Charles Strauss ( * 301-447-5799).


Mount St. Mary’s is located at 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. While there are many hotels in and around the area, we make the following recommendations:

For people traveling from the north or who are interested in staying in Gettysburg:

Best Western Hotel Gettysburg (12 miles north of the University) 301 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA
(717) 334-1188

Reserve your room at the Best Western by following this block registration link. You may also call 717-334-1188 and mention that you would like a room in the block reserved by Mount St. Mary’s University. The rate is $105 per night. The advantage of this hotel, newly built in May 2017, is that it is in downtown Gettysburg and in walking distance to many attractions in the historic town. The room block will be released on March 30, 2018.

For people who are interested in staying closest to campus in Emmitsburg:

Sleep Inn and Suites (2 miles north of the University)
501 Silo Hill Parkway, Emmitsburg, MD
(301) 447-0044

Reserve your room by calling 301-447-0044 and mention that you would like a room in the block reserved by Mount St. Mary’s University for the American Catholic Historical Association Conference. The rate is $84 for Thursday night and $109 for Friday and Saturday nights. The room block will be released on March 11, 2018.

For people traveling from the south:

Super 8 Hotel (6 miles South of the University)
300 Tippin Drive, Thurmont, MD
(301) 271-7888

As you make your travel plans, you may consider contacting other conference participants listed on the schedule to coordinate shared transportation from the airport or train station should your travel plans align. There are no regular shuttles.

See you at the Mount!

Owen M. Phelan
Professor of Church History

Charles T. Strauss
Assistant Professor of History

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