This Day In History July 21 - 27, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On July 22, 1952, The Cumberland Presbyterianreported the June 30th death of Louisa M. Woosley, the first woman ordained as a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1889 by the Nolin Presbytery. Her ordination was ordered revoked in 1894, but the Nolin Presbytery refused. She transferred her name to minister in transit, which was the status until 1913 when she was added to the church's ministerial list. She was 90 years old at her death and had spent much time in evangelistic work.
On July 23, 1764, the Rev. Gilbert Tennent (shown) died in Philadelphia. He was then pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. Son of the "Log College" founder Rev. William Tennent, Gilbert's sermon "On the Danger of an Unconverted Ministry" help split the Presbyterian Church into the New Side and Old Side (1741 - 1758). Gilbert Tennent later worked to create a reunion. He was born on Feb. 5, 1703 in Northern Ireland.
On July 26, 1759, the Rev. Samuel Davies was inaugurated as president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
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.
A Member of the American Alliance of Museums
(formerly American Association of Museums)
American Association of
State and Local History
North Carolina Museums Council
Presbyterian Heritage Center Independent. Innovative. Interactive. Montreat Map
In July and up to August 8th, open Monday 1 - 4 pm, Tuesday - Friday,
10 am - 4 pm, Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm.
For August 9 - 31, open Wednesday - Friday,
10 am - 4 pm, Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm.
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
A new exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center is open featuring Presbyterian founder John Knox, the Scottish Reformation and Presbyterians in Colonial America (above image left). 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!
Pottery from the Holy Land (2,000 to 5,000 years old) exhibit is now open (above image right). The exhibit runs until mid-August 2014.
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.
On the Air & In The Movies: The 20th Century History of Presbyterians in Broadcasting& Communications
An exhibit is on Presbyterian innovations in communications during the 20th century covers a wide range from 1910 telephone system to listen to sermons at local Presbyterian churches to the first religious broadcasting station 1921 to the Protestant Radio & Television Center. With the permission of the Fred Rogers Company, we also will highlight Fred Rogers, ordained Presbyterian minister and PBS television host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Last Month of Exhibit.
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.
July 30th, Wed. 2:30 - 4 pm
Montreat Roadshow at the Adult Sumer Club, Gaither Fellowship. Treasures and trinkets that are in Montreat cottages or are about Montreat will be evaluated.
PHC Signs new 10 Year Lease with the Montreat Conference Center. "This new, longer term lease indicates the commitment of the Presbyterian Heritage Center to continue its educational outreach in historic Spence Hall in Montreat," observed PHC Chairman Richard Ray.
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.