This Day In History Oct. 20 - 26, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On October 20, 1819, the Rev. William Henry Foote (1794 - 1869) was licensed as a Presbyterian minister. An active pastor, Foote today is still read and remembered for his history books — Sketches of North Carolina (1846), Sketches of Virginia (1850 and 1855) and The Huguenots, 1870. He served Virginia churches as well as being an agent for the Board of Foreign Missions in Virginia and North Carolina during 1838 - 1845.
On October 22, 1746, a Royal Charter was granted to create the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Organized by Presbyterian ministers, the College (shown in a 1764 drawing) opened in 1747 in Elizabethtown, NJ, before moving to Newark and then finally to Princeton.
On October 24, 1956, the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery in New York ordained Reverend Margaret Towner, the first woman ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (shown at her ordination ceremony). She also served as vice moderator of the 193rd General Assembly (1981) of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
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10 am - 4 pm, Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm during October.
Temporary Exhibit on Montreat College was displayed at Anderson Auditorium for the inauguration of Montreat College's new President Paul Maurer. 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
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
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!
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.
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.
Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists
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 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 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.
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.