This Day In History Dec. 22 - 28, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On December 22, 1856, the Rev. Dr. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (shown at right), chairman of the Executive Committee and founder of the Presbyterian Historical Society (1852), completed his notice and biographical sketch of the Rev. Richard Webster (shown below) for the first book published by the PHS "A History of the Presbyterian Church in America"
(1857) written by Rev. Webster.
On Dec. 22, 1921, the first radio station license for a religious broadcaster in the U.S. was granted to WDM owned and operated by The Church of the Covenant (Presbyterian), which today is the National Presbyterian Church of Washington, D.C.
On December 23, 1815, Henry Highland Garnet (shown below) was born a slave in Kent County, Md. Escaping to freedom in 1824, he would be educated at Oneida Institute (Whitesboro, NY) and served as a minister beginning in 1840 at the Liberty Street Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY, (1840 - 1848) and later churches in New York City (September 1856 - 1864 and then 1869 - 1881, Shiloh Presbyterian Church) and Washington, DC (1864 - 1869, Fifteenth St. Presbyterian Church). Garnet was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1842. He was a fiery opponent of slavery and was opposed for national leadership of the black community by Frederick Douglass, who advocated less violent actions. On February 12, 1865, Rev. Garnet was invited to address the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol. The first speech by an African-American to Congress, the appearance by Rev. Garnet was arranged by President Abraham Lincoln. In 1881, he was appointed diplomatic minister to Liberia, which was founded by free blacks from America and promoted by the American Colonization Society, which was founded and led by many Presbyterians. He died two months after arriving in Liberia on February 13, 1882.
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 the mother 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.