This Day In History April 20 - 26, 2014
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On April 21, 1649, the Maryland Act of Toleration (you can click on the image to view a larger photo) was passed providing freedom of religion for all Christian faiths. While the act originally might have been intended to further protect minority Catholics, it also protected Dissenters from the Church of England, including Presbyterians, who greatly expanded their activities in the later part of the 1600s in the colony through the efforts of Rev. Francis Makemie and others.
On April 21, 1910, at 6:30 p.m., Samuel Clemens, the well-known author and lecturer Mark Twain, died at Stormfield, his home in Redding, Connecticut. His funeral was held at the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York, and Presbyterian minister and Princeton Professor Henry Van Dyke gave the short sermon.
On April 22, 1688, Jonathan Dickinson was born in Hatfield Massachusetts. Graduating from Yale College in 1706, he studied Theology and was licensed to preach. He went to Elizabethtown in New Jersey in 1708 and was ordained in 1709. He joined the Synod of Philadelphia in 1717.
The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) began in 1746 and met in Dickinson's house in Elizabethtown. After Dickinson's death in 1747, the college moved to Newark, and in 1756, it moved to Nassau Hall at Princeton. The purpose of the college was to educate men for the ministry. The Rev. Jonathan Dickinson died on October 7, 1747.
On April 23, 1858, Horace Newton Allen was born in Delaware, Ohio. He became the first Presbyterian missionary to land in Korea in1884. A doctor, Allen served as the medical officer to the Korean Court and provided medical missionary services. He held various government positions and is the author of a number of books on Korea.
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April - mid-May (early spring hours) Fri. 10 am - 4pm; Sat. 1 - 4 pm; Sun. 1:30 - 4 pm. or call for appointment (828-669-6556)
John Knox 500 a quincentennial exhibit
A new exhibit at the Presbyterian Heriage Center is open featuring Presbyterian founder John Knox, the Scottish Reformation and Presbyterians in Colonial America (above image left). Among the items on display will be the 1644 printing of Knox's Historie of the Reformation of the Church of Scotland, 16th century folio Geneva Bible in English, 1564 Scottish Geneva Psalter and much more!
Pottery from the Holy Land (2,000 to 5,000 years old) exhibit is now open (above image right and image below). This upcoming summer, visitors to the PHC will have an chance to participate in an "archaelogical dig" to uncover and assemble shards of replica pottery from the Holy Land. The exhibit runs through August 2014.
Missions to the Middle East
An exhibit on Presbyterian missions to the Middle East covers history from the early 1800s through today's destruction of Christian churches and communities in this volatile region. An expanded display opened in mid-April covering missionaries, successes and failures in the cradle of religions. Below, 1894 Jerusalem.
Joyful, Joyful: Psalters & Hymnals, a 500 year Musical Journey Exhibit
An exhibit is open featuring 500 years of rare psalers, hymnals and shape note tune books. The exhibit
begins with psalters and hymnals from the 1500s through the 2013 Presbyterian Church (USA) hymnal Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. A new shaped-note pamphlet has been produced by the PHC for the exhibit. You can see and print a PDF file here.
On the Air & In The Movies: The 20th Century History of Presbyterians in Broadcasting& Communications
An exhibit is on Presbyterian innovations in communications during the 20th century covers a wide range from 1910 telephone system to listen to sermons at local Presbyterian churches to the first religious broadcasting station 1921 to the Protestant Radio & Television Center. With the permission of the Fred Rogers Company, we also will highlight Fred Rogers, ordained Presbyterian minister and PBS television host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of the Fred Rogers Company).
85 Years of Preserving & Displaying History
in Montreat Assembly Inn
An ever-changing exhibit on the history of Montreat will display treasures from our artifact and photographic collections that are rarely seen about the history of Hotel Montreat & its successor, Assembly Inn, which is being renovated. Exhibit opens late spring 2014.
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.
Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland
Make Your Reservations Now Deadline April 30th
Church Historian Erskine Clarke and Carmichael Travel of Atlanta have arranged a special 12-day tour of Scotland this September for John Knox 500 in celebration of Knox's 500th birth date. You can click here for more information and registration forms. Special lectures, special worship, special tours, special insights!
May 17th Report on the Middle East Crisis facing Christians
Presbyterian Church USA Middle East Coordinator for Missions Amgad Beblawi will be in Syria and Lebanon an a critical conference in May on the ongoing crisis. He will immediately return to the U.S. and come to Montreat to speak on Saturday, May 17, at 2 pm at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come all!
PHC Newsletter & Annual Report due out this month
Click the front page image to view a PDF file for a recent issue (below) of The Herald, newsletter for the Presbyterian Heritage Center.
Digital Processing We are computerizing our library collection of more than 35,000 volumes in a database catalog.
The PHC also is digitizing a wide range of materials - cassette tapes, records, photos and books for future use online. We appreciate your financial support and donations of artifacts, photos and documents.