This Day In History May 18 - 24, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On May 18, 1834, Sheldon Jackson, Presbyterian missionary to the frontier West and Alaska, is born in Minaville, New York. Jackson's reputation for ministering to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of both natives and settlers earned him the nicknames "Bishop of All Beyond" and "Apostle to Alaska." Photo courtesy of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka, Alaska.
On May 21, 1789, the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America met in Philadelphia. The Rev. Dr. John Rodgers of the Brick Church in New York City was elected moderator.
On May 24, 1854, Presbyterians founded the first black college in the United States Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania. Renamed Lincoln University in 1866, the school was founded by the Rev. Dr. John Miller Dickey, and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson.
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The PHC is closed Wednesday - Friday this week, May 20 - 22, for repairs and maintenance. Japan Mission exhibit opening is changed to Saturday, May 30th at 1 pm.
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, 1 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.