This Day In History May 12 - 18, 2013
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
By 1964, the Presbyterian Church in the United States allowed women to be ordained as ministers. On May 12, 1965, Hanover Presbytery ordained the Rev. Rachel Henderlite (below) at All Souls Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, as the first woman minister in the PC (US).
On May 14, 1874, Black members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church met at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to organize what was called the Second Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The predominantly African-American denomination later became known as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America.
On May 18, 1927, Cecil B. DeMille premiered his silent movie, "King of Kings," (below) at the then brand-new Grauman's Chinese Theatre (which joined Sid Grauman's existing Egyptian Theatre). Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard opening night and a near riot broke out as fans pushed to catch a glimpse of movie stars and other celebrities at the premiere.
Ever the showman, DeMille enlisted four local clergymen to open the festivities. Representing Protestants was PresbyterianRev. Dr. Robert Freeman, pastor of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The movie ran for months on a twice-a-day reserved seat policy.
E-Flip Online Books and Reference Sources
(allow popups on your browser;
click on one of three e-book links below) The Ministerial Directory (1898)
May 1 - 22 Hours: Thursday - Friday 10 am - 4pm; Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm. May 23 - August 11 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10 am - 4pm; Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm.
Closed Memorial Day May 27
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Joyful, Joyful: Psalters & Hymnals, a 500 year Musical Journey Exhibit
A new exhibit will open on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 10 am featuring 500 years of rare psalers and hymnals. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
begins with Martin Luther's first psalter/hymnal in 1524 (lent by the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago) through the Fall 2013 Presbyterian Church (USA) Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal, as well as Lift Up Your Hearts in Song, the new 2013 hymnal for the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.
Collections of rare shaped-note hymnals, special events, little known facts, musical recordings, voting on "best" hymns and artifacts over the centuries will be exhibited.
Psalm 100 is shown from the Sternhold & Hopkins psalter (1567), which was the first English-language volume for congregational singing.
Missions to the Near East and Pottery from the Holy Land (3,000 to 5,000 years old) exhibit will open the Biblical pottery portion of the display on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Coffee and refreshments will be served. This summer, Montreat Club youngsters and other visitors to the PHC will have an chance to participate in an "archaelogical dig" to uncover and assemble shards of replica pottery from the Holy Land.
On the Air & In The Movies: The 20th Century History of Presbyterians in Broadcasting& Communications
A new exhibit opens Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10 am. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Highlighting Presbyterian innovations in communications during the 20th century, this exhibit covers the 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. (Photo courtesy of the Fred Rogers Company).
Did you know that a Presbyterian minister, who also was a World War I U.S. Army chaplain, became the #2 male movie box office star in the 1920s - just behind Tom Mix? 1926 lobby poster below for Fred Thomson, right.
85 Years of Preserving & Displaying History
in Montreat Historical Foundation to the PHC
An ever-changing exhibit on the history of the Historical Foundation and the Presbyterian Heritage Center continues through 2013. The exhibit displays treasures from our artifact and photographic collections that are rarely seen. New items are brought out each month.
Nelle Morton exhibit is open at the PHC. The exhibit includes photos, letters, books and video. The Fellowship of Southern Clergymen and its ground-breaking civil rights activities during the 1930s - 1950s is covered. Nelle Morton served as a longtime member and as executive secretary from 1945 - 1949.
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.
Latest News/Future Events
Behind the Scenes: New Presbyterian Hymnal Sunday, May 19th, 3 - 3:45 pm.
Come hear Dr. Mary Louise Bringle,
who chaired the work on Glory To God,
the new Presbyterian Hymnal being printed. A reception follows at the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
PHC Latest Newsletter
Click the front page image to view a PDF file of the Spring 2013 issue (below) of The Herald, newsletter for the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
You also can access the Fall 2012 issue. Spring 2013
Fall 2012 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.
New downloadable programs (leader guides, materials for group members) on Presbyterian history, missions and more will soon be available on this web site. If you would like to be notified as these modules become available, click here to send us an email!
We are starting to provide online access to pictures.
Click to see: Stegall Collection (Congo), 1915 - 1940s.