This Day In History Dec. 5 - 11, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On Dec. 5, 1836, The New York Theological Seminary (chartered in 1839 as Union Theological Seminary) in New York City opened its doors for teaching. On that day, 13 students appeared at the President's (Rev. Thomas McAuley) house at No. 112 Leonard Street to enroll and start a class.
On Dec. 8, 1824, the first Presbyterian church in Florida was incorporated at St. Augustine.
Organized during late 1823 and 1824, Rev. Dr. William McWhir helped organize what became First Presbyterian Church and is now known as Memorial Presbyterian Church.
On Dec. 9, 1832, Rev.Alfred Wright (March 1, 1788 - March 31, 1853) founded the Wheelock Church in Indian Territory. A Presbyterian minister and missionary to the Choctaw in Mississippi since 1821, Rev. Wright and his wife, Harriett Bunce Wright (Sept. 19, 1779 - Oct. 3, 1863), decided to move with the Choctaws in 1832 when they were forcibly removed to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). The church was the first part of the large Wheelock Mission, which included a school. Harriett Wright was one of the original two teachers at the school.
On December 11, 1932, Presbyterian medical missionary and diplomat Horace Newton Allen died. Dr. Allen (below) was the first Presbyterian missionary into Korea in 1884 when the country began allowing missionaries in. He saved the life of the Prince Min Young Ik, injured in an assassination attempt.
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Reformation500 National Conference - May 5 - 6, 2017
An exciting look at the Reformation and its lasting impact on today’s Protestant churches will be the focus of the Reformation 500: A National Conference in Montreat on May 5 - 6, 2017, organized and sponsored by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this conference offers outstanding speakers and panelists in both plenary sessions and breakout workshops covering such topics as: Pre-Reformation: The Beginning (The 150 Years before 1517), from Wycliffe, Lollards, Hus to Luther The Reformation: First 50 Years (1517 - 1567) from Luther to Calvin to Knox to the Counter-Reformation The Reformation: Conflict & Chaos (1568 – 1685) The Reformation Comes To America (1620 - 1760) Music of the Reformation How to Bring the Reformation Alive in your church’s
Bible study, Sunday School classes, youth groups; The Reformation’s Impact on Families The Next 100 Years: Future of the Reformation
Congo Mission Exhibit and Discovering Congo Art: The Role of Missionaries Exhibit are now both open at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come learn about the 125 history of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission its integrated pioneers during a time of American Jim Crow laws, its successfull campaign against King Leopold's atrocities on the native population, its trials and tribulations as well as how Congo Art influenced early 20th Century modern art.
The PHC's display of about 100 artifacts from Congo Kuba, Luba, Songye and Pende groups is just a small portion of what is a top 10 Congo Art collection located in the United States. See king statues, ceremonial weapons, decorated masks, everyday living implements.
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The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit is now open. This exhibit opens an upcoming series of exhibits, special events and May 5 - 6, 2017, Reformation 500 Conference.
See all major Bibles produced in the 16th Century from Tynedale's first translation in English, Luther's German Bible, Henry VIII's Great Bible, Queen Elizabeth's Bishops Bible, Geneva Bible, the first edition, first printing of the 1611 King James Bible and more!
We also have the Gospels & the Book of Acts from the St. John's Bible, the first illuminated, manuscript Bible in 500 years.