This Day In History April 25 - May 1, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On April 27, 1708,the founding "father" of American Presbyterianism, Rev. Francis Makemie signed his last will. He died sometime between April 27 and August 4, 1708.
On April 27, 1757, Rev. John Martin the first Presbyterian minister ordained in the colony of Virginia was called to the Albermarle (Virginia) church. On January 25, 1758, Reverend Martin was appointed the first Presbyterian missionary to the Cherokees. But with the Cherokees joining the French during the French and Indian War, the mission was abandoned. Martin settled in South Carolina.
On April 30, 1943, a group of Axis diplomats, business executives and families were transferred from Assembly Inn as part of the World War II repatriation exchange program for American diplomats, missionaries and families. Click to see a special report.
On May 1, 1789, theRev. William Linn (Presbyterian minister shown below in a painting) was elected as Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives meeting in New York CIty, continuing the tradition established by the earlier Continental Congresses of each day's proceedings opening with a prayer by a chaplain. Early chaplains alternated duties with the Senate chaplains on a weekly basis. The two ministers conducted Sunday services in the House Chamber every other week. Rev. Linn had served as a chaplain to the Continental Army during the America Revolution and then later as a trustee and President at Queens College (now Rutgers University).
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Great Awakening Exhibit
For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, the PHC exhibit traces the legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert & William Tennent, George Whitefield and more! From the 1640s through today, the role of evangelists includeed Native American evangelists, black slave and free black evangelists, women and others. Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat is open at the PHC. Artifacts and rare photographs are displayed from the Miss Jordan's Wildewood School
(1915 - 1917) to Montreat Normal Girls School and Montreat College (1916 - present).
This exhibit explores the times of private elementary school in Montreat through the creation of a teacher training school (i.e., Normal School) to the present-day four-year private Christian liberal arts college.
Japan Mission Exhibit
This exhibit covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa, a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and pre-World War II peace activist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Literature Prize.
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.
Congo Mission Gathering
This September, an International Conference celebrating the 125th anniversary of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, plus annual meetings of the Congo Mission Network and the Congo Connection, will be held in Montreat. The Congo Conference of Sept. 9th already has 100 registrants. Don't miss out on interesting speakers, world-renown scholars, informative panels, innovative exhibits on Congo Art and the Congo Mission, and missionaries and their descendants. Click for PDF with more information and registration info. Act now to register with discounts through online link.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC has an exhibit on looking at the 300-year history of Presbyterians and Civil Rights. Come hear audio clips from the speech and video recollections of those in attendance at the 1965 event.
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