This Day In History March 23 - 29, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On March 23, 1806, the Rev. Philip Milledoler (shown at right ) preached “A Discourse Delivered in the Presbyterian Church in Wall-Street March 23, 1806 for a Society of Ladies Instituted for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children.” The pastor of the Collegiate Presbyterian Church of New York City beginning in 1804, Reverend Milledofer was ordained in German Reformed and served as pastor of both Dutch Reform and Presbyterian Churches. Women of the church began to play an increasingly important role in the church by fundraising efforts for such relief efforts, for educating ministerial students and other programs.
On March 26, 1892, African Congo Presbyterian Missionary Rev. Samuel N. Lapsley (shown right) died. He and Rev. William Sheppard (shown below), an African-American ordained Presbyterian minister went tothe Congo for the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1890.
On March 28, 1707, Presbyterian Rev. Francis Makemie wrote to Rev. Benjamin Coleman of Boston, describing Makemie's ongoing trial in New York for preaching and the meeting of the first Presbytery in America:
"Since our imprisonment we have begun orrespondence.... the penall laws are invading our American Sanctuary, without the least regard to the Toleration, which should alarm us all...."
Regarding the Presbytery, Makemie wrote: "Our design is to meet yearly, and oftener if necessary, to consult the most proper measures, for advancing religion, and propagating Christianity, in our Various Stations...."
From the 1640s through today, come learn about the role of evangelists in America Native American evangelists, black slaveevangelists, Presbyterians through the 18th and 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists. Presbyterian Charles Finney revival tent, c. 1850sdrawing.
Call for Japan Mission documents, photos & artifacts Email us or call and leave a message 828-669-6556 as we are currently working on the exhibit which opens in early May 2015. This exhibits covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa (shown), a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and peace activist. The Emperor posthumously awarded him Japan's highest honor, the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Exhibit opens in early May.
Exhibit Opens in August 2015 - Montreat College There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in mid-August 2015. If you have artifacts to lend for this exhibit, please contact us.
Hotel Montreat & Assembly Inn Exhibit Open
An 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.
Presbyterian Missionaries and Ministers Databases
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Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950 Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists DISCOUNT Registration if you act now! Before March 31st.Click for flyer.
Featuring national and international authors and researchers, this must-attend conference looks at the impact on America and the world of famous evangelists and singers from the Tennents in 1740 through Billy Graham today. Created by the PHC, the May 29 - 30, 2015, conference speakers will cover evangelists – both men and women – in America, as well as the driving evangelical forces that create the century of Christian missions throughout the world. Click for more info.
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