This Day In History May 25 - 31, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On May 25, 1824, the non-denominational American Sunday School Union (ASSU) was formed to promote such schools and to produce materials. The ASSU model is based on the 1816 adult Sunday School union created by Presbyterian Alexander Henry in Philadelphia.
On May 26, 1858, The United Presbyterian Church of North America was formed by the merger of the Associate and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian churches in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On May 31, 1803, the Presbyterian General Assembly approved theRev. Gideon Blackburn's proposal to establish a school for Cherokee children and gave him $200 for living expenses. He obtained an additional $730 from private donors and the United States government, following a meeting with President Thomas Jefferson. In Fall 1803, Cherokee leaders granted him permission to begin his work.
He operated his schools for the Cherokees until 1810. Blackburn also is known for the churches he established in Tennessee and Kentucky. He went on to serve briefly as president of Centre College.
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LAST CHANCE to join us for the must-attend national Great Awakenings: Evangelists & Their Impact conference, sponsored by the PHC on May 29 - 30 (Friday PM & Saturday AM).Click for flyer on speakers and schedule. Come hear leading scholars from around the nation on a variety of topics, including Grant Wacker from Duke Divinity School who will discuss the impact and legacy of Billy Graham America's Pastor. His new book on Graham is published by Harvard University Press. A special exhibit also opens to the public on May 30th at 1 pm.
From the 1640s through today, come learn about the role of evangelists in America Native American evangelists, black slave evangelists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists and others through the 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists. Presbyterian Charles Finney revival tent, c. 1850sdrawing.
Japan Mission Exhibit Opens May 30th, 2 pm
The exhibit opens Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 2 pm. The picture above shows a Presbyterian School class circa 1902. This exhibit 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 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 on August 21st 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.
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.
Latest News/Future Events Great Awakenings Symposium & Exhibit The Legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert Tennent, George Whitefield and more!
Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950 Register 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.
• Regular Cost – $100 includes Friday reception and banquet, Saturday breakfast.