This Day In History Feb. 12 - 18, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On February 13, 1882, Rev. Henry Highland Garnet died two months after arriving in Liberia. Born a slave in Kent County, Maryland, he escaped to freedom in 1824. Educated at Oneida Institute in New York, he served as a minister beginning in 1840 at the Liberty Street Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY, (1840 - 1848), actually being ordained in 1842. Later churches he served were in New York City (September 1856 - 1864 and then 1869 - 1881, Shiloh Presbyterian, Church) and in Washington, DC (1864 - 1869, Fifteenth St. Presbyterian Church). On February 12, 1865, Rev. Garnet addressed the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol. The first speech by an African-American in the halls of Congress, the appearance by Rev. Garnet was arranged by President Abraham Lincoln. In 1881, he was appointed diplomatic minister to Liberia, which was founded by free blacks from America and promoted by the American Colonization Society, which was founded and led by many Presbyterians.
On February 15, 1837, the Illinois legislature charters Knox College due to the efforts of Presbyterian Rev. George Washington Gale (1789 - 1861, shown), who in 1841 is elected Secretary of Illinois Anti-Slavery Association. Backers of the college are New School Presbyterians and Congregationalists from western New York. During 1860, Knox College confers its first honorary degree on Presidential campaigner Abraham Lincoln. It is Lincoln's first educational degree of any kind.
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Reformation500 National Conference - May 5 - 6, 2017
An exciting look at the Reformation and its lasting impact on today’s Protestant churches will be the focus of the Reformation 500: A National Conference in Montreat on May 5 - 6, 2017, organized and sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this conference offers outstanding speakers and panelists in both plenary sessions and breakout workshops covering such topics as: Pre-Reformation: The Beginning (The 150 Years before 1517), from Wycliffe, Lollards, Hus to Luther The Reformation: First 50 Years (1517 - 1567) from Luther to Calvin to Knox to the Counter-Reformation The Reformation: Conflict & Chaos (1568 – 1685) The Reformation Comes To America (1620 - 1760) Music of the Reformation How to Bring the Reformation Alive in your church’s
Bible study, Sunday School classes, youth groups; The Reformation’s Impact on Families The Next 100 Years: Future of the Reformation
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.
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The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit is now open. See all major Bibles produced in the 16th Century from Tynedale's first translation in English, Luther's German Bible, Henry VIII's Great Bible, Queen Elizabeth's Bishops Bible, Geneva Bible, the first edition, first printing of the 1611 King James Bible and more!