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John Knox 500 Conference Sold Out &
JK500 Exhibit Opens at Heritage Center
More than 200 people from across the United States and Canada participated in the North American Symposium on John Knox celebrating the quincentenary of his birth. The event was sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center with co-sponsorships from King University, the Beuchner Institute, Anderson Foundation, Reid Trust, McGuirk Family Fund, Montreat Conference Center and others.
Shown below are Edinburgh University Professor Jane Dawson who has just finished a new biography of Knox to be published by Yale University Press and its imprints, as well as a part of the crowd listening to PHC chairman and Interim President of King University Richard Ray.
Edinburgh Professor Jane Dawson

John Knox 500 Symposium

A new exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center is open featuring 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!

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 opens in mid-April covering missionaries, successes and failures in the cradle of religions. Below, 1894 Jerusalem.
1894 Jerusalem

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.

Pottery from the Holy Land (2,000 to 5,000 years old) exhibit is now openAntiue Milk Bowl. This upcoming summer, 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. The exhibit runs through August 2014.

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 Fred Rogers, ordained Presbyterian ministerpermission 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).

85 Years of Preserving & Displaying History
in Montreat — Assembly Inn

An ever-changing exhibit on the history of Montreat will display treasures from our artifact and photographic collections that are rarely seen about the history of Hotel Montreat & its successor, Assembly Inn, which is being renovated. Exhibit opens late spring 2014.

Presbyterian Missionaries and Ministers Databases

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are 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.


General information & questions

Potential collection items

Photo Collections
We are starting to provide online access to pictures.
Click to see:
Stegall Collection (Congo), 1915 - 1940s.

Montreat History

Civil War Chaplains

Walker Carvings

E-Flip Online Books and Reference Sources
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click on one of three e-book links below)
The Ministerial Directory (1898)

1833 African Repository & Colonial Journal

Records of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, 1706 - 1788
A major upload of new e-flipbooks will be added during the year.

Leading Up to Civil War Split
Click to learn more about the Rev. Dr. Gardiner Spring and the Old School and New School Presbyterian Schism of the mid-1800s. (New Article)

Wood Carvings of the Gospels in Appalachia
Walker Carving - The Adoration of the Shepherds - thumbnail pixClick to view photos and detailed information of the 29 sculptures by Rev. John Mack Walker Jr. that are under the care of the PHC.

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