This Day In History September 15 - 21, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On September 15, 1748, members of a recently organized church in Newburyport, Massachusetts, petitioned to join the Presbytery of Boston and organize as "after the manner of the Kirk of Scotland" The Presbyterian Society and Church. The pastor for this First Presbyterian Church of Newburyport was Rev. Jonathan Parsons of Lyme, Connecticut, who was influenced and mentored by the evangelist Rev. George Whitefield (shown at right). On September 30, 1770, Whitefield, who helped create the Great Awakening in America and influenced many New Side Presbyterian ministers, died at Parson's manse in Newburyport.
On September 17, 1717, the first meeting of America's first General Synod was held. The preceding year, September 20, 1716, the General Presbytery (of Philadelphia) had split into four new Presbyteries Philadelphia, New Castle, Snow Hill and Long Island.
On September 21, 1766, Presbyterian ministers Charles Beatty and George Duffield preached to a group of Native Americans at a site near present day Newcomerstown, Ohio. They two Pennsylvania ministers were scouting for possible missions.
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Hotel Montreat & Assembly Inn Exhibit Open
A new exhibit on tents, Big Piney Inn, Hotel Montreat and Assembly Inn is now open. Come see how the land went through a series of changes through rare artifacts and photographs. Below is a 1924 plan of Assembly Inn.
John Knox 500 a quincentennial exhibit
A new exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center is open featuring Presbyterian founder John Knox, the Scottish Reformation and Presbyterians in Colonial America . Among the items on display will be the 1644 printing of Knox's Historie of the Reformation of the Church of Scotland, 16th century folio Geneva Bible in English, 1564 Scottish Geneva Psalter and much more!
Missions to the Middle East
An exhibit on Presbyterian missions to the Middle East covers history from the early 1800s through today's destruction of Christian churches and communities in this volatile region. An expanded display opened in mid-April covering missionaries, successes and failures in the cradle of religions. Below, 1894 Jerusalem.
Presbyterian Missionaries and Ministers Databases
being uploaded to this site, under Bios tab above. You also can click here. These databases are starting with early ministers and missionaries (pre-1860)
and are being researched by teams of volunteers and staff at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. If you have biographical information on ministers and misionaries, and especially photos, please email us.
Check out our Facbook page to learn when Hollywood called the PHC last week.
Digital Processing We are computerizing our library collection of more than 35,000 volumes in a database catalog.
The PHC also is digitizing a wide range of materials - cassette tapes, records, photos and books for future use online. We appreciate your financial support and donations of artifacts, photos and documents.
Joyful, Joyful: Psalters & Hymnals, a 500 year Musical Journey Exhibit
An exhibit is open featuring 500 years of rare psalers, hymnals and shape note tune books. The exhibit
begins with psalters and hymnals from the 1500s through the 2013 Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. A new shaped-note pamphlet has been produced by the PHC for the exhibit. You can see and print a PDF file here.