This Day In History Aug. 21 - 27, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On August 21, 1965, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., traveled to Montreat, after returning from Los Angeles and the scenes of the Watts Riots, to speak to a Presbyterian conference.
On August 22, 1906, Mountain Retreat Association President John S. Huyler turned over the Presidency to Rev. James R. Howerton as Presbyterians continued the transition of Montreat to Presbyterian control. Huyler was America's Candy King at the turn of the 20th century, He had helped fund the founding of Montreat, and forgave the remaining debt to him in 1910.
On August 26, 1808, the Raleigh (N.C.) Register ran an ad from Presbyterian educator, minister and free black John Chavis announcing the separation of his classical education school into a Day School for whites and an Evening School for black children. Since its start in 1805, the school had been integrated up to this point.
Sometime between 1792 and 1795, John Chavis (click name for fuller bio) from Virginia apparently resided in New Jersey, where he reportedly had taken private classes under the Rev. John Witherspoon in preparation for entering the Presbyterian ministry. The Presbytery of Lexington (Virginia) licensed John Chavis as Preacher on November 19, 1800 — making him the First Black Ordained Presbyterian Minister in America.
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The PHC is open Monday - Fridays; 10 m - 4 pm, Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm,Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm. Closed Monday September 4th.
Help with future exhibits
We need additional photos and other items reflecting:
50th Anniversary of Town of Montreat
Congo Misssion & Discovering Congo Art exhibits
The Bible: First 100 Years of the Reformation 16th Century Bibles exhibit closes Thursday 8-24 The Great War & Its Consequences Centennial of America entering WWI exhibit
In April 1917, the United States joined The Great War (i.e., World War I, 1914 - 1917). The consequences of the war were immmense globally in creating, dividing and promising new countries in both Rurope and the Middle East, which would echo in World War II and the ongoing conflict across the fertile crescent/Holy Land. U.S.President Woodrow Wilson played a significant role in the war and resultant peace.
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.
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.
New Exhibit Opening
Minting A Tradition: Communion Tokens exhibit displays tokens and two rare communion token molds from the American colonies and the early United States. Come learn about the origin and use of these tokens.
The Bible: The First 100 Years of the Protestant Reformation Exhibit closes Thursday, Aug. 24th. 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!