This Day In History Feb. 1 - 7, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On February 1, 1823, African-American Betsey Stockton (at right) was traveling with a mission group comprised of men and women from the Presbyterian and Congregational churches on a sailing ship to the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii). Sent out by the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions, Betsey Stockton's contract specified that she was to share in the mission's primary work as well as to act as a servant to one of the couples, Rev. and Mrs. Charles S. Stewart, who were expecting a child. When she returned to Princeton, Stockton created a Sabbath School at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church.
On February 3, 1924, former President Thomas Woodrow Wilson (shown at right) died. Born on Dec. 28, 1856, Woodrow Wilson was the son of a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson. Woodrow Wilson was a lifelong and devout Presbyterian.
On Feb. 5, 1723 (in today's calendar, see dating), the Rev. John Witherspoon was born. He was a Presbyterian clergyman, the only clergyman to sign of the Declaration of Independence, a Continental Congress member (1776 - 1782) and president of Princeton University (elected Dec. 1767; took office in August 1768).
On Feb. 7, 1954, the Reverend Dr. George MacPherson Docherty of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church preached a Lincoln Day sermon titled "A New Birth of Freedom." In the congregation was President Dwight Eisenhower. The sermon helped to convince the President to support pending legislation in the U.S. Congress to amend the Pledge of Allegiance to insert the phrase Lincoln used at Gettysburg, "under God." Congress passed the legislation and Eisenhower signed it into law on June 14, 1954.
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Rare Bibles & Learn History of Englishlanguage Bibles
Sunday, Jan. 24th, about 100 people attended the annual meeting of Atlanta Friends for Presbyterian Heritage to see earliest English language Bibles, including 1611 King James Version.
Great Awakenings Exhibit
For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, the PHC exhibit traces the legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert & William Tennent, George Whitefield and more! From the 1640s through today, the role of evangelists includeed Native American evangelists, black slave and free black evangelists, women and others. Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat is open at the PHC. Artifacts and rare photographs are displayed from the Miss Jordan's Wildewood School
(1915 - 1917) to Montreat Normal Girls School and Montreat College (1916 - present).
This exhibit explores the times of private elementary school in Montreat through the creation of a teacher training school (i.e., Normal School) to the present-day four-year private Christian liberal arts college.
All of these endeavors were started by Presbyterians, reflecting the denominations centuries-old commitment to education and literacy going back to its foundation in Scotland in 1560. Most of the colonial schools, academies and colleges were founded by Presbyterian ministers.
Japan Mission Exhibit
This exhibit covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa, a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and pre-World War II peace activist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Literature Prize.
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.
Congo Mission Gathering
This September, an International Conference celebrating the 125th anniversary of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, plus annual meetings of the Congo Mission Network and the Congo Connection, will be held in Montreat, Click for PDF with more information and registration info. Act now for discounts.
Time Capsule Opened We opened a 60-year-old time capsule last week with assistance from the NC State archives staff. While damaged because of water in the copper box, we did find a document listing all of the PCUS foreign missionaries through 1956 with thiere service dates and mission territory. Shown left-to-right below are Diana Sanderson, archivist for Warren Wilson College, PHC Executive Director Ron Vinson and NC State Archivist Heather South.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC opened 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.
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