This Day In History Dec. 15 - 21, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On Dec. 15, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson attended Presbyterian worship services in Paris, France, as he prepared for the Paris Peace Conference (Jan. 1919) to implement peace after World War I. Son of a Presbyterian minister, Wilson also laid a wreath at the tomb of Lafayette that day and met with French Premier Clemenceau. (Wilson is shown during that visit raising his hat to the crowd)
On Dec. 16, 1714, revivalist and evangelist George Whitefield was born in Gloucester, England. His preaching in the middle American colonies helped to create the Great Awakening of the 1740s.
On Dec. 20, 1560, the first General Assembly of the Church of Scotland convened in Edinburgh. Led by John Knox(shown in drawing at right), five other ministers and 34 elders met and adopted the Book of Discipline and submitted it to the Scottish Parliament.
The PHC is changing its exhibits this winter, including a new semi-permanent exhibit on the history of Presbyterianiam and the Reformation. Among some of the new artifacts that will be on display are the early 1900s communion talbe for the Montreat Presbyerian Church,courtesy of Christ Community Church, and an 1890s restored working pump organ from themother Presbyterian Church in western North Carolina - First Presbyterian Church of Swannanoa.
Exhibit - Montreat College 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
An 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!
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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Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists DISCOUNT BEFORE 12-31
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.
• Early Bird Cost – $75 if paid by December 31, 2014
• Scottish Thrifty Cost – $85 if paid between January 1 and March 31, 2015
• Regular Cost – $100 if paid after April 1, 2015 Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950
Digital Processing The PHC 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.