This Day In History Jan. 16 - 22, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On Jan. 16, 1832, the Executive Committee of the Western Foreign Missionary Society appointed John Brooke (or sometime spelled Brooks) Pinney, a student at Princeton Seminary, to be the first American Presbyterian missionary to Africa. On January 1, 1833, Pinney sailed alone from Norfolk, Virginia, arriving in Monrovia, Liberia, on February 16. Pinney soon would be followed by several other associates, including James Temple, “a young Negro who has been taken under the care of the Presbytery of Philadelphia as an assistant missionary.” Pinney served in Liberia for the next four years, during which time he was acting Agent and Governor of the Board of Managers of the American Colonization Society, “who had been favorably impressed by his character and ability.” However, he was retired from the commission in 1837, due to ongoing health issues.
On January 20, 1953, a private pre-inauguration morning service was held at The National Presbyterian Church at the request of General Dwight David Eisenhower. President-elect Eisenhower had asked the Rev. Dr. Edward L. R. Elson, NPC pastor, to conduct the service of dedication. Attending were 181 people, including the President, Vice President, members of the Cabinet, members of the White House staff, officials of the Inaugural Committee, and their families.
On Jan. 21, 1924, fire broke out around 9 a.m. in the Montreat Hotel, the conference center's original hotel built in 1900-1901 and opened for business in 1901. The fire destroyed the building, although the Annex was saved as well as some furnishings. Assembly Inn was built on the location of the old hotel.
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Reformation500 National Conference - May 5 - 6, 2017
An exciting look at the Reformation and its lasting impact on today’s Protestant churches will be the focus of the Reformation 500: A National Conference in Montreat on May 5 - 6, 2017, organized and sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this conference offers outstanding speakers and panelists in both plenary sessions and breakout workshops covering such topics as: Pre-Reformation: The Beginning (The 150 Years before 1517), from Wycliffe, Lollards, Hus to Luther The Reformation: First 50 Years (1517 - 1567) from Luther to Calvin to Knox to the Counter-Reformation The Reformation: Conflict & Chaos (1568 – 1685) The Reformation Comes To America (1620 - 1760) Music of the Reformation How to Bring the Reformation Alive in your church’s
Bible study, Sunday School classes, youth groups; The Reformation’s Impact on Families The Next 100 Years: Future of the Reformation
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.
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Register now for the Reformation 500 Conference Discount registration is $85 per person until Feb. 28. After that date, normall registration is $100 per person. To register at a discount or get more info, go to www.montreat.org/reformation/
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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!