This Day In History Sept. 28 -Oct. 4, 2015
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On September 30, 1770, noted evangelist George Whitefield (shown) died in the manse of the Rev. Jonathan Parsons, Old South (First) Presbyterian Church of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Reverend Whitefield helped to trigger the first Great Awakening in America in the 1740s. Greatly influenced and aided by Reverend Whitefield, Parsons also was one of the Great Awakenings leading evangelists.
On October 1, 1912, the Texas-Mexican Industrial Institute in Kingsville, Texas, opened with 50 boys of Mexican descent and led by the Rev. James W. Skinner, president from 1912 - 1931. The school was approved by the Presbyterian Synod of Texas in 1910. In 1956, the school merged with the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (opened in October 1924) to form the Presbyterian Pan American School.
On October 3, 1755, the Presbytery of Hanover in Virginia was formed by six Presbyterian ministers. Samuel Davies, John Todd, Alexander Craighead, Robert Henry, John Wright and John Brown organized the presbytery (now the Presbytery of the James), which was recognized by The Synod of New York as extending into the Deep South and westward to the frontiers. Reverend Davies preached the opening sermon of the new body. The first order of business was to set aside a day of fasting and a call to arms because of the outbreak of the French and Indian War (1755-1763).
On October 4, 1870, Oglethorpe College was reopened in Atlanta, Georgia, by the Presbyterian Synod of Georgia. Originally founded in 1835 in Midway, about 2.5 miles from Milledgeville.
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Japan Mission Exhibit Open
This exhibit covers missionsto 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.
Great Awakenings Exhibit Open (above)
For more than 275 years of Great Religious Awakenings in America, a new 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 in America is much more complex than you think. It includes Native American evangelists, black slave and free black evangelists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists and others through the 19th centuries, women, minorities, international missionaries and the great 20th century evangelists. Learn about the sawdust trail of 19th century revivals through mass urban crusades of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Montreat has played an important setting through its history. Most major evangelists of various denominations have preached, sang, visited or lived in the town. Photo: Billy Graham at Camp Montreat, c. 1950
Exhibit Opens in October 16, 2015 - Montreat College There will be a Centennial Exhibit of Advanced Education in Montreat that will open at the PHC in mid-October 2015.
Presbyterian Missionaries and Ministers Databases
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Latest News/Future Events
Civil Rights & Presbyterians Exhibit Open
Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech in Montreat, the PHC opened 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.
Call for Montreat College Artifacts & Photos
We will be opening an exhibit on October 16 celebrating 100 years of advanced education in Montreat. We need your artifacts, paper documents and photos to borroow for the exhibit. From the Miss Jordan's Wildewood School
to Montreat Normal Girls School and Montreat College (below).