This Day In History April 13 - 19, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On April 13, 1907, Montreat's first dedicated post office building was opened. Montreat's postmaster when this building opened was E. D. Lansing.
In Little Rock, on April 16, 1835, the Presbytery of Arkansas was formed. The Presbytery included the eastern part of Indian Territory, James Wilson Moore and two missionaries to the Choctaw Nation, Rev. Alfred E.Wright(shown below) and Rev.Loring S. Williams, were present. Wright and Williams had worked on a written Choctaw language as well as setting up schools in Mississippi, and later in Oklahoma when the tribe was moved by the Federal Government.
On April 18, 1833, Elijah Parish Lovejoy (Nov. 9, 1802 - Nov. 7, 1837) was ordained by the Second Presbytery of Philadelphia. The Presbyterian minister and abolitionist newspaper editor was killed in Alton, Illinois, on Nov. 7, 1827, while he was defending his printing press from a pro-slavery mob.
On April 19, 1865, Abraham Lincoln's funeral at the White House was held shortly after noon. About 600 guests entered the same way the public had the day before through the crepe-covered South Portico and the Green Room and into the candle-lit East Room. Rev. Dr. Phineas Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington, DC, delivered the eulogy: "Probably no man since the days of Washington was ever so deeply and firmly imbedded and enshrined in the very hearts of the people as Abraham Lincoln."
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From the 1640s through today, come learn about the role of evangelists in America Native American evangelists, black slave evangelists, Presbyterians through the 18th and 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists. Presbyterian Charles Finney revival tent, c. 1850sdrawing.
Call for Japan Mission documents, photos & artifacts Email us or call and leave a message 828-669-6556 as we are currently working on the exhibit which opens in early May 2015. This exhibits covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa (shown), a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and peace activist. The Emperor posthumously awarded him Japan's highest honor, the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Exhibit opens in mid May.
Exhibit Opens in August 2015 - Montreat College There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in mid-August 2015. If you have artifacts to lend for this exhibit, please contact us.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Opens in August
Honoring the 50th anniverdsary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC will open an exhibit looking at the 300-year history of Presbyterians and Civil Rights. If you have photos or artifacts to lend for this exhibit, please contact us.
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.
Presbyterian Missionaries and Ministers Databases
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Latest News/Future Events
Former Director of the Historical Foundation in Montreat, Dr. Kenneth Foreman Jr. died April 15th. A memorial service will be held on April 29th at Christ Community Church, Gaither Chapel, with a following reception at 4 pm at the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Great Awakenings Symposium & Exhibit The Legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert Tennent, Geoorge Whitefield and more!
Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950 Register & Save for 2015 Conference on Evangelists Click for flyer.
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.
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