This Day In History Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On September 30, 1770, noted evangelist George Whitefield (shown) died in the manse of the Rev. Jonathan Parsons, Old South (First) Presbyterian Church of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Reverend Whitefield helped to trigger the first Great Awakening in America in the 1740s. Greatly influenced and aided by Reverend Whitefield, Parsons also was one of the Great Awakenings leading evangelists.
On Oct. 1, 1777, the Continental Congress appointed joint chaplains, including Presbyterian Minister George Duffield (1732-1790).
Robert Hett Chapman (1771 – 1833) was ordained Oct. 2, 1793, by the New York Presbytery. Rev. Chapman became pastor of the Rahway, NJ, Presbyterian Church. He later served as president of the University of North Carolina from 1812 – 1816.
On October 5, 1744, Presbyterian David Brainerd begins missionary work with Native Americans along New Jersey's Susquehanna River (see Victorian idealization of event in the image below). Brainerd had been kicked out of Yale for criticizing a tutor and attending a forbidden revival meeting (of "The Great Awakening").
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Temporary Exhibit on Montreat College was displayed at Anderson Auditorium for the inauguration of its new President Paul Maurer. Shown below is a 1951 college class visiting the old Historical Foundation in Montreat, There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in May 2015.
Hotel Montreat & Assembly Inn Exhibit Open
A new exhibit on tents, Big Piney Inn, Hotel Montreat and Assembly Inn is now open. Come see how the land went through a series of changes through rare artifacts and photographs. Below is a 1924 plan of Assembly Inn.
John Knox 500 a quincentennial exhibit
An exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center features Presbyterian founder John Knox, the Scottish Reformation and Presbyterians in Colonial America. Among the items on display will be the 1644 printing of Knox's Historie of the Reformation of the Church of Scotland, 16th century folio Geneva Bible in English, 1564 Scottish Geneva Psalter and much more!
Missions to the Middle East
An exhibit on Presbyterian missions to the Middle East covers history from the early 1800s through today's destruction of Christian churches and communities in this volatile region. An expanded display opened in mid-April covering missionaries, successes and failures in the cradle of religions. Below, 1894 Jerusalem.
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.
Check out our Facbook page to learn when Hollywood called the PHC this month; how the Naval History Magazine turned to the PHC for help, and more.
Mary Frances Foreman passed away last Friday, Sept. 26. "Chick" was a mayor of Montreat, missionary, Christian educator and the wife of Histyorical Foundation director Dr. Kenneth Foreman, Jr.
Digital Processing We are computerizing our library collection of more than 35,000 volumes in a database catalog.
The PHC also is digitizing a wide range of materials - cassette tapes, records, photos and books for future use online. We appreciate your financial support and donations of artifacts, photos and documents.
Joyful, Joyful: Psalters & Hymnals, a 500 year Musical Journey Exhibit
An exhibit is open featuring 500 years of rare psalers, hymnals and shape note tune books. The exhibit
begins with psalters and hymnals from the 1500s through the 2013 Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. A new shaped-note pamphlet has been produced by the PHC for the exhibit. You can see and print a PDF file here.