This Day In History July 11 - 17, 2016
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On July 12, 1915, the Montreat Retreat Association voted in response to a citizens' petition to make it "unlawful for any person or persons to sell or dispose of any of the following named drinks, Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Cherri Cola, Ten-Cola or Christi Cola within the grounds of the Mountain Retreat Association after July 20th, 1915." The penalties were a fine of $25 to $50 for the first offense, and 10 days imprisonment for the second offense. Coca-Cola and others were under attack for previous rumored use of Coca leaves. Obviously, the marketing of Coca-Cola eventually won over the residents.
On July 13, 1853, Presbyterian minister and missionary Cyrus Kingsbury "commenced raising the Presbyterian church in Doaksville (in what is now Oklahoma), after having united in prayer." In 1817, Rev. Kingsbury (shown) started mission work with the Cherokees, and then in 1818 began his work with the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi. When the Indians were forcibly removed to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River, Kingsbury went with them and re-established a mission of churches and schools.
On July 17, 1684, Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, England. Known as the "Father of English Hymnody," Watts published his first two song books Hymns (1707) and Psalms of David (1719). Watts (shown) is credited with writing about 750 hymns.
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Look for new PHC Website redesign coming soon! New Exhibits Stoney Creek Boys & Friday Night at the Barn
Keeping In Contact: Montreat Cottagers directories (1940s - 2016) and honoring Susan Neville for 40 years of service with directories.
New Eyes & Vision for the Future Exhibit, featuring Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014 - 2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Great Awakening 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.
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.
Songcatcher Movie To Show Sundy, July 17 2 pm The Montreat Adult Summer Club will show the movie, Songcatcher, at the PHC Library at 2pm, Sunday. It is in preparation for the Betty Smith music presentation on Wednesday, July 20 at 2:30 pm in Upper Anderson Auditorium.
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. The Congo Conference of Sept. 9th already has over 140 registrants. Don't miss out on interesting speakers, world-renown scholars, informative panels, innovative exhibits on Congo Art and the Congo Mission, and missionaries and their descendants. Click for PDF with more information and registration info. Act now to register with discounts through online link.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC has 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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