This Day In History Nov. 6 - 12, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On November 7, 1837, a mob murdered Presbyterian minister and abolitionist newspaper editorElijah Parish Lovejoy (Nov. 9, 1802 - Nov. 7, 1837) in Alton, Illinois, while he was defending his printing press. Lovejoy went to Princeton Theological Seminary in 1832 and was ordained on April 18, 1833, by the Second Presbytery of Philadelphia.
On November 9, 1839, the Board of Trustees of Hanover College, a Presbyterian school opened on Jan. 1, 1827 by Rev. John Finley Crowe with his wife Esther, voted to accepted a proposal by the Presbyterian Synod of Indiana to adopt the school provided a theological department was established. The Indiana Theological Seminary was formally openedon Nov. 1, 1831. On April 5, 1841, the Seminary moved to New Albany, Ind., and then in 1859, it moved to Chicago where it is now the McCormick Theological Seminary. Hanover College is the oldest private college in Indiana.
On Nov. 12, 1701, the Carolina Assembly passed the Vestry Act of 1701, making the Church of England the official religion of the Carolina colony. Active opposition by Quakers, Presbyterians and other religious Nonconformists, who lived there, ultimately convinced the proprietors of the colony to revoke the act in 1703.
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The PHC is open Thursday - Fridays; 10 m - 4 pm, Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm,Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm during November, except closed Nov. 23 & 24.
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
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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.