This Day In History June 26- July 2, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On June 26, 1846, John S. Huyler was born. America's Candy King at the turn of the 20th century, Huyler helped fund the founding of Montreat and served as president of the Mountain Retreat Association from November 1899 to August 21, 1906. He turned Montreat over to the Presbyterian Church, forgiving half of the debt in 1910.
On June 26, 1892, Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born in West Virginia to Presbyterian missionary parents. Raised in China from age 3 months, Pearl married another China missionary, John L. Buck, and served as a Presbyterian missionary to China (1914 to 1933). In 1931, Pearl S. Buck published The Good Earth and won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938.
On June 30, 1960, the Congo became an independent nation.
The American Presbyterian Congo Mission (APCM) had prepared by appointment of a Church-Mission Committee composed of 25 Congolese Church leaders and ten missionaries, to work out the division of responsibilities to be carried by the Church (the Eglise Presbyterienne du Kasai), those to be handled by the Mission and those to be handled jointly by both bodies.
At this time, the APCM had 161 missionaries, the largest staff that it would ever have, with eleven stations scattered across the Kasai region providing the centers for evangelistic, educational and medical work.
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Help with future exhibits
We need additional photos and other items reflecting:
the Town of Montreat from 1967 - 2017, opens July 6th (in right column), and
Congo Misssion & Discovering Congo Art exhibits
The Bible: First 100 Years of the Reformation 16th Century Bibles exhibit 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.
Exhibit Opening July 6th
50th Anniversary of
Town of Montreat
The exhibit will display signs, photos, artifacts and documents from the half-century of independent township, 1967 - 2017. Opens 10:30 pm, July 6th. Refreshments.
July 9th 2:30 pm - Russian Christianity Today
Former KGB Agent, Sasha Tsutserov is a minister and president of the Moscow Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has a fascinating story to tell and his reflections of the Russian religious environment today. Sunday, July 9th, 2:30 pm at the PHC.
New Exhibits 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 is now open. 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!