This Day In History May 2 - 8, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On May 2, 1759, the charter was recorded for the
Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers America's first life insurance company. Known as thePresbyterian Ministers Fund for Life Insurance, this non-profit mutual fund was formed by Presbyterians for their ministers.
On May 3, 1738, English preacher George Whitefieldarrived in America for the first of eventually 7 visits. It is his preaching that ignites the Great Awakening in the colonies and splits Presbyterians and ministers in the New Side and Old Side.
On May 5, 1816, the American Bible Society was formed in New York City. One of the founders, Presbyterian Elias Boudinot became the society's first president in 1816. During 1817, the society distributed its first Bibles to the crew of the USS John Adams, as well as to the Steuben County Bible Society. Boudinot was former President of the Continental Congress and later a U.S. Congressman.
On May 6, 1746, Presbyterian minister William Tennent died in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania. Rev. Tennent (1673 - 1746) joined the Presbyterian denomination in 1718 and in 1726 served as pastor in Neshaminy. He started a school for training ministers, operating first out of his home and then in a 20-foot by nearly 20-foot "Log Cabin" academy. This "Log Cabin College" operated from about 1727 to 1745. Many of the leaders of the Presbyterian "New Side" were trained here.
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Great Awakening Exhibit
For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, the PHC exhibit traces the legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert & William Tennent, George Whitefield and more! From the 1640s through today, the role of evangelists includeed Native American evangelists, black slave and free black evangelists, women and others. Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat is open at the PHC. Artifacts and rare photographs are displayed from the Miss Jordan's Wildewood School
(1915 - 1917) to Montreat Normal Girls School and Montreat College (1916 - present).
This exhibit explores the times of private elementary school in Montreat through the creation of a teacher training school (i.e., Normal School) to the present-day four-year private Christian liberal arts college.
Japan Mission Exhibit
This exhibit covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa, a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and pre-World War II peace activist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Literature Prize.
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.
Congo Mission Gathering
This September, an International Conference celebrating the 125th anniversary of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, plus annual meetings of the Congo Mission Network and the Congo Connection, will be held in Montreat. The Congo Conference of Sept. 9th already has 100 registrants. Don't miss out on interesting speakers, world-renown scholars, informative panels, innovative exhibits on Congo Art and the Congo Mission, and missionaries and their descendants. Click for PDF with more information and registration info. Act now to register with discounts through online link.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC has an exhibit on looking at the 300-year history of Presbyterians and Civil Rights. Come hear audio clips from the speech and video recollections of those in attendance at the 1965 event.
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