Holy Cross History Association Mission Statement
The Holy Cross History Association is a not-for-profit corporation founded to promote and stimulate historical study of and research on those religious communities which trace their origins to Rev. Basil Moreau, C.S.C.; to discover, collect and preserve historical manuscripts; to print, publish and cause to be distributed, papers, books, writings, reports, articles and data bearing on or in anywise relating to the congregations of Holy Cross; and to hold conventions or meetings of its members; to establish and maintain endowments for any of the foregoing purposes; to acquire by purchase, gift, devise or otherwise, and to hold real and personal estate so far as may be necessary in carrying out its lawful purposes; and to mortgage, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of an real or personal estate according to law.
The first Holy Cross History Conference met in March 1982 at Moreau Seminary, Notre Dame, Indiana. It was organized by three Holy Cross community archivists in the area: Sr. M. Campion Kuhn, Bro. John Kuhn, and Fr. James Connelly. When more than 100 people attended from the United States and Canada, the organizers arranged for a second conference the following year. After the second conference, a group of fourteen religious and lay participants met to consider creating an organization to promote work on Holy Cross history. The Holy Cross History Association was established at the third annual conference in 1984 with a constitution, by-laws and elected officers. Annual membership dues were fixed at five dollars. The first issue of the Association’s newsletter, Holy Cross History, appeared in the autumn of 1983. By 1985, the site of the annual conference began to move around the U.S. to places where there was a presence of Holy Cross religious and ministries.
The expenses of the first four conferences and the newsletter were underwritten by the Indiana Province Archives. In 1984, provincials and regional superiors were asked for annual financial support which resulted in contributions of $800. Thereafter, the Association was responsible for its expenses. In 2001, the Association became a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Indiana so that donations, benefactions and donors could receive a tax benefit, grants could be sought in the name of the Association, and the Association would have legal standing.