This Day In History Oct. 17 - 23, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On October 18, 1685, French King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had passed in 1598 to protect the Protestant Huguenots who were a tolerated minority in France. More than a quarter million French Protestants immigrated to America, Prussia, Holland or England. Huguenot churches in America later merged or affiliated with other Protestant denominations, such the Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church and others.
On October 18, 1859, the first American Presbyterian missionaries arrived in Japan. “A ship sailed into the Bay of Yedo. On board, a man and his wife knelt to pray. They knew not whether they would be allowed to land in Japan; nor if allowed, what fate might await them. But they prayed – that in some way a home might be provided for them in this strange land, and that God would guide them in the stupendous task which they were about to undertake. These two were Dr. and Mrs. James Curtis Hepburn, the first Presbyterian missionaries and among the first Protestant missionaries to set foot on the soil of Japan.” (Until the Day Dawn, James A. Cogswell, p. 3)
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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.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit
Honoring the 1965 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. Final extension of this display which will close at the end of October.
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.
The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit is now open. This exhibit opens an upcoming series of exhibits, special events and May 5 - 6 Reformation 500 Conference.
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!
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