This Day In History Oct. 16 - 22, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On October 18, 1685, French King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had passed in 1598 to protect the Protestant Huguenots who were a tolerated minority in France. More than a quarter million French Protestants immigrated to America, Prussia, Holland or England. Huguenot churches in America later merged or affiliated with other Protestant denominations, such the Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church and others.
On October 18, 1859, the first American Presbyterian missionaries arrived in Japan. “A ship sailed into the Bay of Yedo. On board, a man and his wife knelt to pray. They knew not whether they would be allowed to land in Japan; nor if allowed, what fate might await them. But they prayed – that in some way a home might be provided for them in this strange land, and that God would guide them in the stupendous task which they were about to undertake. These two were Dr. and Mrs. James Curtis Hepburn, the first Presbyterian missionaries and among the first Protestant missionaries to set foot on the soil of Japan.” (Until the Day Dawn, James A. Cogswell, p. 3) Dr. Hepburn, a former missionary to China, gave 33 years of service to Japan. His versatility as physician, linguist, educator and church builder made him one of the most venerated of all the early missionaries.
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The PHC is open Wednesday - Fridays; 10 m - 4 pm, Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm,Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm during Oct.
Music of the Reformation (1517 - 1667)
Minting A Tradition: American Communion Tokens
50th Anniversary of Town of Montreat
Congo Mission & Discovering Congo Art exhibits
Foreign Mission Crises (1893 - 1920) & Samuel Hall Chester The Great War & Its Consequences Centennial of America entering WWI exhibit
In April 1917, the United States joined The Great War (i.e., World War I, 1914 - 1917). The consequences of the war were immmense globally in creating, dividing and promising new countries in both Rurope and the Middle East, which would echo in World War II and the ongoing conflict across the fertile crescent/Holy Land. U.S.President Woodrow Wilson played a significant role in the war and resultant peace.
Congo Mission Exhibit and Discovering Congo Art: The Role of Missionaries Exhibit are now both open at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come learn about the 125 history of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission its integrated pioneers during a time of American Jim Crow laws, its successfull campaign against King Leopold's atrocities on the native population, its trials and tribulations as well as how Congo Art influenced early 20th Century modern art.
The PHC's display of about 100 artifacts from Congo Kuba, Luba, Songye and Pende groups is just a small portion of what is a top 10 Congo Art collection located in the United States. See king statues, ceremonial weapons, decorated masks, everyday living implements.
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.
Notable Presbyterians: Samuel Hall Chester who served as Executive Secretary and Corresponding Foreign Missions Secretary for 33 years. During his tenure, challenges included the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, Congo atrocities by King Leopald's forces, the Mexican Revolution, and the Sino-Russian War.
Current Exhibits Spotlight
Music of the Reformation
Come see a medieval chorale manuscript and psalters and hymnals from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Minting A Tradition: Communion Tokens exhibit displays tokens and two rare communion token molds from the American colonies and the early United States. Come learn about the origin and use of these tokens.