This Day In History June 20 - 26, 2016
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On June 24, 1908, former President Grover Cleveland died in Princeton, NJ. A Presbyterian,Cleveland (shown in 1903) served as a trustee of Princeton University after his presidency. His father was an ordained Presbyyterian minister.
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.
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Look for new PHC Website redesign coming soon! New Exhibits Friday on Stoney Creek Boys & Friday Night at the Barn
June 25th: Keeping In Contact, Saturday, 2 pm, Montreat Cottagers directories (1940s - 2016) and honoring Susan Neville for 40 years of service with directories. The NEW 2016 Montreat Cottagers Directory will be unveiled and available for purchase.
New Eyes & Vision for the Future Exhibit, featuring Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014 - 2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Exhibit and reception opens 2 pm at Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come visit with Heath and Peggy Rada!
Great Awakening Exhibit
For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, the PHC exhibit traces the legacies of Billy Graham, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, J. Wilbur Chapman, Charles Finney, Gilbert & William Tennent, George Whitefield and more! From the 1640s through today, the role of evangelists includeed Native American evangelists, black slave and free black evangelists, women and others. Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Japan Mission Exhibit
This exhibit covers missions to Japan from 1859 through today, especially leaders such as Presbyterian trained Toyohiko Kagawa, a Christian evangelist, social reformer, labor activist, author and pre-World War II peace activist. He was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Nobel Literature Prize.
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.
Two new exhibits open over next two Saturdays at 2pm: June 25th: Keeping In Contact, Saturday, 2 pm, Montreat Cottagers directories (1940s - 2016) and honoring Susan Neville for 40 years of service with directories.
July 2nd, Saturday, 2 pm, New Eyes & Vision for the Future Exhibit, featuring Heath Rada, Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014 - 2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Exhibit and reception opens 2 pm at Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come visit with Heath and Peggy Rada!
Congo Mission Gathering
This September, an International Conference celebrating the 125th anniversary of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, plus annual meetings of the Congo Mission Network and the Congo Connection, will be held in Montreat. The Congo Conference of Sept. 9th already has over 140 registrants. Don't miss out on interesting speakers, world-renown scholars, informative panels, innovative exhibits on Congo Art and the Congo Mission, and missionaries and their descendants. Click for PDF with more information and registration info. Act now to register with discounts through online link.
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC has an exhibit on looking at the 300-year history of Presbyterians and Civil Rights. Come hear audio clips from the speech and video recollections of those in attendance at the 1965 event.
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