This Day In History May 22 - 28, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On May 24, 1854, Presbyterians founded the first black college in the United States Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania. Renamed Lincoln University in 1866, the school was founded by the Rev. Dr. John Miller Dickey, and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson.
On May 25, 1824, the non-denominational American Sunday School Union (ASSU) was formed to promote such schools and to produce materials. The ASSU model is based on the 1816 adult Sunday School union created by Presbyterian Alexander Henry in Philadelphia.
On May 26, 1858, The United Presbyterian Church of North America was formed by the merger of the Associate and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian churches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On May 27, 1745, the Synod of Philadelphia (Old Side) recognized the separate Synod of New York (New Side), formed by the Presbytery of New York and the Presbytery of New Brunswick. This was part of the first temporary schism (1741 - 1758) in the Presbyterian church.
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The PHC is open Mobday, 1 - 4 pm; Tuesday- Fridays; 10 m - 4 pm, Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm,Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm. Closed Memorial Sunday and Memorial Day.
Congo Misssion & Discovering Congo Art exhibits
The Bible: First 100 Years of the Reformation 16th Century Bibles exhibit The Great War & Its Consequences Centennial of America entering WWI exhibit
In April 1917, the United States joined The Great War (i.e., World War I, 1914 - 1917). The consequences of the war were immmense globally in creating, dividing and promising new countries in both Rurope and the Middle East, which would echo in World War II and the ongoing conflict across the fertile crescent/Holy Land. U.S.President Woodrow Wilson played a significant role in the war and resultant peace.
New Exhibits Opening in June Minting A Tradition: Communion Tokens exhibit will display tokens and two rare communion token molds from the American colonies and the early United States. Come learn about the origin and use of these tokens.
50th Anniversary of the Town of Montreat exhibit will display signs, photos, artifacts and documents from the half-century of independent township, 1967 - 2017. Exhibit opens mid-June.
Congo Mission Exhibit and Discovering Congo Art: The Role of Missionaries Exhibit are now both open at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come learn about the 125 history of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission its integrated pioneers during a time of American Jim Crow laws, its successfull campaign against King Leopold's atrocities on the native population, its trials and tribulations as well as how Congo Art influenced early 20th Century modern art.
The PHC's display of about 100 artifacts from Congo Kuba, Luba, Songye and Pende groups is just a small portion of what is a top 10 Congo Art collection located in the United States. See king statues, ceremonial weapons, decorated masks, everyday living implements.
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.
College Students Visit
More than 500 college students in eight classes and on spring break visited the PHC in January through March to view the Reformation500 Bible exhibit (below) and Congo Mission displays.
The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit is now open. See all major Bibles produced in the 16th Century from Tynedale's first translation in English, Luther's German Bible, Henry VIII's Great Bible, Queen Elizabeth's Bishops Bible, Geneva Bible, the first edition, first printing of the 1611 King James Bible and more!