This Day In History Sept. 11 - 17, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On September 11, 1735, the Rev. William Tennent purchased a tract of land near Neshaminy, Pennsylvania, where the "Log College" seminary building was located. Conducted earlier in a home or church, this school is considered by some as the first theological educational training center in Ameria. His son, the Rev. Gilbert Tennent sold the property on February 28, 1746.
On September 12, 1818, George Duffield Jr. (drawing at right) was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He graduated at Yale College and the Union Theological Seminary, New York. He was a Presbyterian minister serving many churches, as well as a hymn composer. His most popular hymn is Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. Rev. Dr. Duffield gave the hymn manuscript in 1858 to his Sunday School Superintendent, who published it on a small handbill for the children. It became widely distributed through subsequent hymn books.
On September 13, 1541, Reformation leader John Calvin returned to Geneva, after being recalled by the local officials. He would stay there the rest of his life. He brought back with him a revised Order of Worship and the Strasbourg Psalm book.
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American Communion Tokens
50th Anniversary of Town of Montreat
Congo Misssion & Discovering Congo Art exhibits 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.
Upcomimg Exhibits: Music of the Reformation
opens Sept. 22.
Come see a medieval chorale manuscript and psalters and hymnals from the 16th and 17th centuries.
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.
Opens October 14.
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.