This Day In History April 27 - May 3, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On April 27, 1757, Rev. John Martin the first Presbyterian minister ordained in the colony of Virginia was called to the Albermarle (Virginia) church. On January 25, 1758, Reverend Martin was appointed the first Presbyterian missionary to the Cherokees. But with the Cherokees joining the French, the mission was abandoned. Martin settled in South Carolina.
On April 30, 1943, a group of Axis business executives, diplomats and families were transferred from Montreat's Assembly Inn as part of the World War II repatriation exchange program for American diplomats, missionaries and families. Click to see a special report.
On May 1, 1789, the Rev. William Linn (Presbyterian minister shown below) was elected as Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives meeting in New York CIty, continuing the tradition established by the Continental Congresses of each day's proceedings opening with a prayer by a chaplain. Early chaplains alternated duties with the Senate chaplains on a weekly basis. The two ministers conducted Sunday services in the House Chamber every other week. Rev. Linn had served as a chaplain to the Continental Army during the America Revolution and then later as a trustee and President at Queens College (now Rutgers University).
On May 2, 1559,John Knox returns to Scotland after spending several years on the Continent studying and writing. returns to Scotland to help lead the Reformation there. The next year he would lead five others in writing the Scottish Confession of Faith (1560).
On May 2, 1759, the charter was recorded for the
Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers America's first life insurance company. Known as the Presbyterian Ministers Fund for Life Insurance, this non-profit mutual fund was formed by Presbyterians for their ministers.
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Join us for the must-attend national Great Awakenings: Evangelists & Their Impact conference, sponsored by the PHC on May 29 - 30 (Friday PM & Saturday AM).Click for flyer on speakers and schedule. Come hear Grant Wacker from Duke Divinity School discuss the impact and legacy of Billy Graham America's Pastor. His new book on Graham is published by Harvard University Press.
From the 1640s through today, come learn about the role of evangelists in America Native American evangelists, black slave evangelists, Presbyterians through the 18th and 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists. Presbyterian Charles Finney revival tent, c. 1850sdrawing.
Call for Japan Mission documents, photos & artifacts
Email us or call and leave a message 828-669-6556 as we are currently working on the exhibit which opens in early May 2015. We are looking for mission images such as this example, the picture above shows a Presbyterian Sunday School class circa 1902. This exhibits covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa (shown), a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and peace activist. The Emperor posthumously awarded him Japan's highest honor, the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Exhibit opens in mid May.
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 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
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Latest News/Future Events
Former Director of the Historical Foundation in Montreat, Dr. Kenneth Foreman Jr. died April 15th. A memorial service will be held on April 29th at Christ Community Church, Gaither Chapel, with a following reception at 4 pm at the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Great Awakenings Symposium & Exhibit The Legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert Tennent, Geoorge Whitefield and more!
Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950 Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists Click for flyer.
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 May 29 - 30, 2015, 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.
• Regular Cost – $100