This Day In History April 13 - 19, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On April 13, 1907, Montreat's first standalone post office building was opened. Montreat's postmaster when this building opened was E. D. Lansing.
In Little Rock, on April 16, 1835, the Presbytery of Arkansas was formed. The Presbytery included the eastern part of Indian Territory, James Wilson Moore and two missionaries to the Choctaw Nation, Rev. Alfred E.Wright (shown at right) and Rev.Loring S. Williams, were present. Wright and Williams had worked on a written Choctaw language as well as setting up schools in Mississippi, and later in Oklahoma when the tribe was moved by the Federal Government.
On April 18, 1833, Elijah Parish Lovejoy (Nov. 9, 1802 - Nov. 7, 1837) was ordained by the Second Presbytery of Philadelphia. The Presbyterian minister and abolitionist newspaper editor was killed in Alton, Illinois, on Nov. 7, 1827, while he was defending his printing press.
On April 19, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's funeral at the White House was held shortly after noon. About 600 guests entered the same way the public had the day before through the crepe-covered South Portico and the Green Room and into the candle-lit East Room. Rev. Dr. Phineas Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, delivered the eulogy: "Probably no man since the days of Washington was ever so deeply and firmly imbedded and enshrined in the very hearts of the people as Abraham Lincoln. Nor was it a mistaken confidence and love. He deserved it deserved it well deserved it all.... He was simple and sincere, plain and honest, truthful and just, benevolent and kind. His perceptions were quick and clear, his judgments were calm and accurate, and his purposes were good and pure beyond a question. Always and everywhere he aimed and endeavored to be right and to do right. His integrity was thorough, all-pervading, all-controlling, and incorruptible."
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John Knox 500 Conference Sold Out & JK500 Exhibit Opens at Heritage Center
More than 200 people from across the United States and Canada participated in the North American Symposium on John Knox celebrating the quincentenary of his birth. The event was sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center with co-sponsorships from King University, the Beuchner Institute, Anderson Foundation, Reid Trust, McGuirk Family Fund, Montreat Conference Center and others.
Shown below are Edinburgh University Professor Jane Dawson who has just finished a new biography of Knox to be published by Yale University Press and its imprints, as well as a part of the crowd listening to PHC chairman and Interim President of King University Richard Ray.
A new exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center is open featuring Presbyterian founder John Knox, the Scottish Reformation and Presbyterians in Colonial America. Among the items on display will be the 1644 printing of Knox's Historie of the Reformation of the Church of Scotland, 16th century folio Geneva Bible in English, 1564 Scottish Geneva Psalter and much more!
Missions to the Middle East
An exhibit on Presbyterian missions to the Middle East covers history from the early 1800s through today's destruction of Christian churches and communities in this volatile region. An expanded display opens in mid-April covering missionaries, successes and failures in the cradle of religions. Below, 1894 Jerusalem.
Joyful, Joyful: Psalters & Hymnals, a 500 year Musical Journey Exhibit
An exhibit is open featuring 500 years of rare psalers, hymnals and shape note tune books. The exhibit
begins with psalters and hymnals from the 1500s through the 2013 Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. A new shaped-note pamphlet has been produced by the PHC for the exhibit. You can see and print a PDF file here.
Pottery from the Holy Land (2,000 to 5,000 years old) exhibit is now open. This upcoming summer, visitors to the PHC will have an chance to participate in an "archaelogical dig" to uncover and assemble shards of replica pottery from the Holy Land. The exhibit runs through August 2014.
On the Air & In The Movies: The 20th Century History of Presbyterians in Broadcasting& Communications
An exhibit is on Presbyterian innovations in communications during the 20th century covers a wide range from 1910 telephone system to listen to sermons at local Presbyterian churches to the first religious broadcasting station 1921 to the Protestant Radio & Television Center. With the permission of the Fred Rogers Company, we also will highlight Fred Rogers, ordained Presbyterian minister and PBS television host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of the Fred Rogers Company).
85 Years of Preserving & Displaying History
in Montreat Assembly Inn
An ever-changing exhibit on the history of Montreat will display treasures from our artifact and photographic collections that are rarely seen about the history of Hotel Montreat & its successor, Assembly Inn, which is being renovated. Exhibit opens late spring 2014.
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.
Latest News/Future Events
Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland
Make Your Reservations Now Deadline April 30th
Church Historian Erskine Clarke and Carmichael Travel of Atlanta have arranged a special 12-day tour of Scotland this September for John Knox 500 in celebration of Knox's 500th birth date. You can click here for more information and registration forms. Special lectures, special worship, special tours, special insights!
May 17th Report on the Middle East Crisis facing Christians
Presbyterian Church USA Middle East Coordinator for Missions Amgad Beblawi will be in Syria and Lebanon an a critical conference in May on the ongoing crisis. He will immediately return to the U.S. and come to Montreat to speak on Saturday, May 17, at 2 pm at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come all!
PHC Newsletter & Annual Report due out this month
Click the front page image to view a PDF file for a recent issue (below) of The Herald, newsletter for the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Digital Processing We are computerizing our library collection of more than 35,000 volumes in a database catalog.
The PHC also is digitizing a wide range of materials - cassette tapes, records, photos and books for future use online. We appreciate your financial support and donations of artifacts, photos and documents.