This Day In History Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
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.
On Dec. 4, 1861, 93 commissioners from 47 presbyteries met in Augusta, Georgia, to form the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America(later known as the Presbyterian Church in the United States).The meeting was held at the First PresbyterianChurch (at right),where the Rev. Joseph Ruggles Wilson (1822 - 1903, shown below right) was pastor. At the time, he also was the father of five-year-old Woodrow Wilson, future President of the United States. This southern branch remained separateuntil 1983, when it reunited with the northern branch, the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., to form today's Presbyterian Church of the United States of America.
On Dec. 5, 1836, The New York Theological Seminary (chartered in 1839 as Union Theological Seminary) in New York City opened its doors for teaching. On that day, 13 students appeared at the President's (Rev. Thomas McAuley) house at No. 112 Leonard Street to enroll and start a class.
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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 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 Open
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 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.
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
Annual PHC Christmas Tea will be held on December 9th, Wednesday afternoon from 3 - 5:30 pm at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. The Tea is free and a thank you to our suppoorters and the community. We will open a surprise package at 4 pm - a time capsule that is 60 years old!
December PHC hours are Friday, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat. 1 - 4 pm and Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm. Closing Dec. 20, 2015, through Jan. 8, 2016.
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.