This Day In History Nov. 24 - 30, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On November 24, 1572, Scottish clergyman and reformer John Knox died in Edinburgh.
The Presbyterian Rev. James Caldwell, chaplain to the Third Battalion of Company No. 1, New Jersey Volunteers Known as the "fighting parson" during the Revolutionary War was killed by a soldier on November 24,1781.
On Nov. 25, 1927, the Rev. William H. Sheppard died in Louisville, KY. Sheppard was an African-American Presbyterian minister ordained by the Presbyterian Church (US), as well as a missionary to Africa. Sheppard lived a full life, which included 20 years of Presbyterian mission work in the Belgian Congo, and a 15-year career as a successful minister of the Grace Presbyterian Church, which served the African-American community in Louisville.
On Nov. 29, 1847, Presbyterian Elder and Missionary physician Marcus Whitman,his wife Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (shown in 1859 prints), and 12 others were killed by Indians in Washington's Walla Walla valley. Whitman had recently returned from a 3,000-mile journey to convince the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions not to close down one of his three mission stations. He was successful, and returned with a fresh group of immigrants—and the measles virus. Many Indians died of the disease, some because Whitman gave them vaccinations. The Indians accused Whitman and other missionaries of black magic and murdered them.
On Nov. 30, 1899, Montreat founder and first President John C. Collins stepped down. He was replaced as President (1899 - 1906) by John S. Huyler.
Exhibit - Montreat College Shown below is a 1951 college class visiting the old Historical Foundation in Montreat, There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in May 2015.
Hotel Montreat & Assembly Inn Exhibit Open
An exhibit on tents, Big Piney Inn, Hotel Montreat and Assembly Inn is now open. Come see how the land went through a series of changes through rare artifacts and photographs. Below is a 1924 plan of Assembly Inn.
John Knox 500 a quincentennial exhibit
An exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center features 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!
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
New postings every week! Videos, pixs, audio, etc.
Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists
Featuring national and international authors and researchers, this must-attend conference looks at the impact on America and the world of famous evangelists and singers from the Tennents in 1740 through Billy Graham today. Created by the PHC, the conference speakers will cover evangelists – both men and women – in America, as well as the driving evangelical forces that create the century of Christian missions throughout the world. Click for more info.
• Early Bird Cost – $75 if paid by December 31, 2014
• Scottish Thrifty Cost – $85 if paid between January 1 and March 31, 2015
• Regular Cost – $100 if paid after April 1, 2015 Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950
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.
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.