Every year on July 4th, Americans celebrate their freedom and the founding principles of our great nation. Presbyterians love to celebrate and our collections document this experience in many ways.
In 1989, the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) appointed a Bicentennial Celebration Committee to coordinate events for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first General Assembly, which convened on May 21, 1789, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“The business of the church is to put us generals out of business.”
This quotation from the May 1, 1969 issue of Presbyterian Life comes from none other than Dwight David Eisenhower, five-star general, supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. While initially religiously unaffiliated, Eisenhower became a devout Presbyterian upon ascending to the presidency. Having experienced the horrors of war up close, his newfound religious faith coincided with his...