This Day In History March 1 - 8, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On March 2, 1771, Rev. Robert Hett Chapman (1771-1833) was born at Orange, New Jersey. Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1789, he was licensed by the New York Presbytery on October 2, 1793, as a missionary to the south. From 1812 - 1817, Chapman served as the President of the University of North Carolina.
On March 3, 1821, Charles William Forman was born in Washington, Kentucky. He was converted at a revival meeting when he was twenty. He attended Centre College in Kentucky and then Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on July 7, 1847 and immediately set out for India as a missionary under the Presbyterian Foreign Mission Board. Settling in Lahore in north India (now Pakistan) during 1849, he founded the Rang Mahal School. In 1865, the school added a college curriculum, and later became known as Forman Christian College.
On March 4, 1798, Presbyterian minister John Nicholson Campbell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reverend Campbell served as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, where Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, as well as Vice President John C. Calhoun, worshipped in the 1820s. He also was active in the American Colonization Society. On November 18, 1820, the 22-year-old Reverend Campbell was named chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.. In 1831, he was called to the First Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York, and remained there until his death on March 27, 1864.
On March 4,1829, Presbyterian Missionary to China Rev. John Livingston Nevius was born. Nevius (March 4, 1829 - Oct. 19, 1893) promoted the strategy that missions should work to establish self-propagating, self-supporting, self-governing indigenous churches from the very beginning. The theory also was espoused in slightly different form by Henry Venn and Rufus Anderson. Nevius articulated this mission concept in the Chinese Recorder journal during 1885 and published a book — The Planting and Development of Missionary Churches — in 1886. He served in China from 1854 till his death.
On March 8, 1740, Rev. Gilbert Tennent preached a sermon entitled "The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry." In the new revival tradition of George Whitfield, Tennant's sermon at his New Brunswick Presbyterian Meeting House led to the first split in the American Presbyterian church between the self-styled New Lights vs. the Old Lights, 1741 - 1758.
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Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland
Make Your Reservations Now
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!
John Knox 500 Exhibit Opens March 7
A new exhibit will feature 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!
C.S. Lewis Film Series
The final film about C.S. Lewis and his works will be shown at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Presbyterian Heritage Center on
Sunday, March 2 Shadowlands (Anthony Hopkins, 2 hrs. 11 minutes)
This series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Montreat College Library. Free. Refreshments.
Showings under license of CVLI to the PHC.
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-March 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. This exhibit continues, but in a smaller display featuring rare shaped-note hymnals, musical recordings and artifacts over the centuries.
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).
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in August 1965 Montreat Address (click for audio excerpt of 3 min. 27 sec. on his personal faith; made to a Montreat conference on August 21st, 1965) just after returning from Los Angeles and the Watts Riots aftermath.
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.
John Knox 500th 2014
Symposium - SOLD OUT
We are at capacity for the North American Symposium on John Knox. You will have to call the conference registration office beginning Monday to see if last-minute cancellations have freed up a few spots. Call 800.572.2257, then dial
ext. 339 to register, space available.
A once-in-a-lifetime event, we are commemorating the 500th birthday of Presbyterian founder John Knox. The North American Symposium on Knox (March 7 - 8, 2014; click for more information, a web site and more!. Click on flyer image below for a PDF brochure with more information. Or click here for detailed program info.
World-renowned speakers from Scotland, Canada and the United States will appear at the John Knox 500 symposium. Co-sponsors are: Montreat Conference Center, King University, Buechner Institute at King University and the the Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust (Canada).
The PHC is sponsoring a limited number of seminarians so that they can attend the JK500 event.
PHC Newsletter & Annual Report due out in March
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.