This Day In History Jan. 15 - 21, 2017
(changes weekly; click on title above or on the month navigation link for previous entries on Presbyterian history)
On Jan. 16, 1832, the Executive Committee of the Western Foreign Missionary Society appointed John Brooke (or sometime spelled Brooks) Pinney, a student at Princeton Seminary, to be the first American Presbyterian missionary to Africa. On January 1, 1833, Pinney sailed alone from Norfolk, Virginia, arriving in Monrovia, Liberia, on February 16. Pinney soon would be followed by several other associates, including James Temple, “a young Negro who has been taken under the care of the Presbytery of Philadelphia as an assistant missionary.” Pinney served in Liberia for the next four years, during which time he was acting Agent and Governor of the Board of Managers of the American Colonization Society, “who had been favorably impressed by his character and ability.” However, he was retired from the commission in 1837, due to ongoing health issues. He had served in Liberia from 1833 through 1835. Pinney would later return to Liberia several times in various capacities (see bio page link under his name above).
On Sunday, Jan. 19, 1736, ordained Presbyterian minister John McLeod from the Isle of Skye opened a worship service in Gaelic on that mild winter day along Coastal Georgia. Attending the service, were some of the 177 Highlanders who had newly emigrated to the new colony. "Thus was born Presbyterism in Georgia, and Darien became its cradle," wrote Savannah Presbytery historian, the Reverend Frank C. King. The Scots had just landed at "Barnwell's Bluff," one mile east of today's Darien, GA. On Sunday, February 22, 1736, General James Oglethorpe visited Darien and participated in worship. Oglethorpe later spoke of this group as his "favorite colonists."
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CLOSED THURSDAY, Jan. 18, DUE TO WEATHER.
uring January 2018, the PHC is open Thursday - Fridays; 10 m - 4 pm, Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm,and Sunday 1:30 - 4 pm.
Music of the Reformation (1517 - 1667)
Diplomats, Missionaries & Montreat during WWII
50th Anniversary of Town of Montreat
Congo Mission & Discovering Congo Art exhibits
Foreign Mission Crises (1893 - 1920) & Samuel Hall Chester The Great War & Its Consequences Centennial of America entering WWI exhibit
In April 1917, the United States joined The Great War (i.e., World War I, 1914 - 1917). The consequences of the war were immmense globally in creating, dividing and promising new countries in both Rurope and the Middle East, which would echo in World War II and the ongoing conflict across the fertile crescent/Holy Land. U.S.President Woodrow Wilson played a significant role in the war and resultant peace.
Congo Mission Exhibit and Discovering Congo Art: The Role of Missionaries Exhibit will be closing at the end of January at the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Come learn about the 125 history of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission its integrated pioneers during a time of American Jim Crow laws, its successfull campaign against King Leopold's atrocities on the native population, its trials and tribulations as well as how Congo Art influenced early 20th Century modern art.
The PHC's display of about 100 artifacts from Congo Kuba, Luba, Songye and Pende groups is just a small portion of what is a top 10 Congo Art collection located in the United States. See king statues, ceremonial weapons, decorated masks, everyday living implements.
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.
News: Diplomats, Missionaries & Montreat during WWII
Come see out WWII exhibit. Some 75 years ago,
The U.S. government was exchanging Axis diplomats, businessmen and families for Allied diplomats and missionaries trapped behind enemy lines with the sudden entry into the war with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Montreat served for six months as a detention center, along with the Greenbriar, Homestead and Grove Park Inn, for such repatriations.
Notable Presbyterians: Samuel Hall Chester who served as Executive Secretary and Corresponding Foreign Missions Secretary for 33 years. During his tenure, challenges included the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, Congo atrocities by King Leopald's forces, the Mexican Revolution, and the Sino-Russian War.
Exhibit now open.
Current Exhibits Spotlight
Music of the Reformation
Come see a medieval chorale manuscript and psalters and hymnals from the 16th and 17th centuries.