This Day In History June 29 - July 5, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On June 30, 1960, the Congo became an independent nation.
The American Presbyterian Congo Mission (APCM) had prepared by appointment of a Church-Mission Committee composed of 25 Congolese Church leaders and ten missionaries, to work out the division of responsibilities to be carried by the Church (the Eglise Presbyterienne du Kasai), those to be handled by the Mission and those to be handled jointly by both bodies.
At this time, the APCM had 161 missionaries, the largest staff that it would ever have, with eleven stations scattered across the Kasai region providing the centers for evangelistic, educational and medical work.
On July 1, 1824, Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) is ordained by the Oneida Presbyery. He conducted revivals, later being called to the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel in New York City in 1832. Sometimes referred to as the father of modern revivalism, Rev. Finney would become a Congregational minister and then move to Ohio to serve as president of Oberlin College from 1852 to 1866. (Photo courtesy of Oberlin College.)
On July 2, 1926, Presbyterian minister Samuel Fisher Tenney died. The father of the founder Samuel Mills Tenney of the Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, S. F. Tenney was a champion for Native American, black and women rights, as well as the respected pastor of the Crockett (Texas) Presbyterian Church for 55 years. He founded schools for blacks and indians in Texas, as well as in 1891 led the effort at the General Assembly, which was defeated, to allow women a greater role in the church, but set the agenda for future expansion of women in the church.
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Japan Mission Exhibit Open
This exhibit covers missionsto 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.
Great Awakenings Exhibit For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, a new 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 roleof evangelists in America is much more complex than you think. It includes Native American evangelists, black slave evangelists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists and others through the 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists.
Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Montreat has played an important setting through its history. Most major evangelists of various denominations have preached, sang, visited or lived in the town. Photo: Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950
Ukiyo-e: The Art of Japanese Prints
Japanese art exhibit features woodcut prints from 19th Century masters Hokusai, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige and more through modern Christian Artists.
Exhibit Opens in August 2015 - Montreat College There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in mid-August 2015. If you have artifacts to lend for this exhibit, please contact us.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Opens in August
Honoring the 50th anniverdsary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC will open an exhibit on August 21st looking at the 300-year history of Presbyterians and Civil Rights. If you have photos or artifacts to lend for this exhibit, please contact us.
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.
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Latest News/Future Events
Tuesday Coffee Hour &
Treasures from the Attic
On June 30, join us from 9:30 to 10:30 am for coffee and refreshments, and a show-and-tell of treasures from the PHC attic or those you bring to share. Free.
Book Talk & Signing Come to a Thursday, July 2nd at 3 pm for a talk, book signing and reception featuring Montreat resident Tom Frist on his newly published novel Can These Bones Live? A Novel of the Armenian Massacre of 1915 and of ISIS Today.
Call for Montreat College Artifacts & Photos
We will be openig an exhibit in August and September celebrating 100 years of advanced education in Montreat. We need your artifacts, paper documents and photos to borroow for the exhibit. From the Miss Jordan's Wildwood School (see Spelling Champion loving cup below
to Montreat Normal Girls School and Montreat College (below).