Adventist Heritage Ministries

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Great backgound history of the Adventist Church. Nyakundi

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“Oh, where as a people are our commemorative stones? Where are set up our monumental pillars carved with letters expressing the precious story of what God has done for us in our experience?” Portion of Ellen G. White diary in Manuscript 22, 1889

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Adventist Heritage Ministry invites you to “visit” some of their sites

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Each of these historic buildings serves as a venue for telling the stories of our humble pioneers who allowed God to use them to establish His church for the last days of this earth’s history.

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As you come to the intersection of Golf Course Road and County Road 11 in Low Hampton, New York you will find this small sign directing you to this National Historic Site. William Miller preached the second coming of Jesus in the early 19th century. His home provides a venue for telling visitors Jesus really IS coming, and soon!

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This view of the Miller Home and Farm was taken from the air on October 22, 2006 – 162 years after what is known as “The Great Disappointment.”

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The William Miller Home and Farm as they appear now – restored as nearly as possible to their appearance in William Miller’s day.

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The barns as they appear today. Most are original to Miller’s time.

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The William Miller Chapel as it appears today, built in 1848 to provide a meeting place for the Millerites who were not welcome in their own churches – unless they were willing to give up their belief in Jesus’ Second Coming.They were not willing to do this!

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ASCENSION ROCK The Millerites are said to have gathered on this rock while watching and waiting in vain for Jesus to come on October 22, 1844. Today, it is a place where visitors are told that Jesus really IS coming – much sooner now than when William Miller first preached it. “I have fixed my mind upon another time, and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light – And that is, Today, TODAY, and TODAY, until He comes.” Wm. Miller

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The Joseph Bates Boyhood Home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The story of the seventh-day Sabbath is told here.

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Joseph Bates was one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with James and Ellen White. The boyhood home of Joseph Bates is the most recent AHM acquisition. Built in 1742, it was here young Bates grew up watching the whaling ships come and go from the harbor. He dreamed of sailing the world’s oceans and with his parents’ permission, became a cabin boy on the ship Fanny at age 15. He became a ship captain by age 28, and retired from the sea, but soon became an active worker in the cause of God. He accepted and promoted the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, and earned the reputation of “Apostle of the Sabbath Truth.”

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The Hiram Edson Barn near Port Gibson, New York. This site provides a venue for telling of our belief in the Heavenly Sanctuary.

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The barn of Luther Edson, father of Hiram Edson, was acquired by AHM in March, 1992. It was dismantled, moved, and reconstructed on 17½ acres of the Hiram Edson farm near Port Gibson, New York, where in 1844, Edson and friends gathered in the empty granary of his barn to pray for an answer to their heartfelt disappointment when Jesus did not return on October 22, 1844. Here on October 23, Edson received assurance that Jesus was still coming, but had a work to do in the Heavenly Sanctuary before returning to earth. Here in 1846, Joseph Bates came to share the Sabbath truth with Edson, who in turn shared the Sanctuary truth with Bates, thus making the Edson Farm the theological birthplace of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A Visitor Center with caretaker quarters is planned for 2008.

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Historic Adventist Village Battle Creek, Michigan

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The White Family’s “Dream Home” on Wood Street. Great Controversy was written here – in the bedroom behind the two upstairs windows.

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Ellen White called this house her “Dream Home.” This is the first home they ever owned, and the only home where all of the Whites ever lived together. Baby Herbert was born here in September, 1860.

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Baby Herbert was not named at first – was simply called “nameless one!” His parents were too busy thinking up a name for the Church! Baby Herbert died here, of Erysipelas, in December, 1860.

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1857 Meeting House

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Many organizational meetings were held here. In 1860 the name SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST was chosen here. David Hewett said, “Why don’t we call ourselves Seventh-day Adventists because we keep the seventh-day Sabbath, and we are looking for the second coming of Jesus?” The first vote on this name was almost unanimous – all but one man voted for the name Seventh-Day Adventist. After further explanation, this one man stood – a unanimous vote. The Michigan Conference was organized here in 1861 with Joseph Bates as the first president. In May, 1863, twenty delegates from seven conferences came together in this meeting house to form the General Conference.

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The Deacon White Home – Across the street from the White Family’s home

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In 1857James White prepared this little home for his parents. It was across the street from the White Home. Deacon White was a shoe cobbler. Deacon John and Betsey White had been members of the Christian Connection Church in Maine. For a time Deacon John kept two Sabbaths every week.

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One Sunday morning Willie ran across the street to visit Grandfather before he left for church. Willie was surprised to find Grandfather cobbling shoes! Astonished, he asked him, “Grandfather, don’t you know today is Sunday?” Grandfather answered, “One Sabbath is enough, and I will keep the one of the fourth commandment!” The story of the seventh-day Sabbath is told in this little house.

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19th Century School House

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This 19th century, one-room schoolhouse was donated by the Battle Creek Historical Society. It was restored by Southern Adventist University Plant Services. The story of Christian education is told here.

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Log Cabin similar to the one lived in by David Hewett, “the most honest man in town.” Donated by the Battle Creek Historical Society

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Joseph Bates, on one of his early visits to Battle Creek, asked the Post Master for “the most honest man in town.” He was directed to David Hewitt. Because David Hewitt lived in a log cabin, the story of Joseph Bates’ visit, bringing with him the truth about the seventh-day Sabbath is told here. David and Olive Hewitt were the first seventh-day Sabbath keepers in Battle Creek.

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Ellen White had her very first Civil War vision here, at the end of the dedication service of the church. That vision was 3 months – to the day – before the first shot was fired at Fort Sumter. This is the first Sabbath-keeping congregation to be registered as a church in Michigan. They called themselves Christ’s Church of the Seventh-day Sabbath.

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Stan Hickerson was driving by this church; found the owner about to cut it up to make apartments. Stan (Research Consultant for Adventist Heritage Ministry) commented that it was a shame to do that. The owner said he had been told that maybe the Adventists would like to buy it. Stan told the owner to hold on; he would check. Soon he found that it could be purchased for a reasonable amount. It was moved to Historic Adventist Village and restored.

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P. T. Magan Home – most “gingerbread” of the restored homes.

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This most “gingerbread” of the houses in Historic Adventist Village belonged to the parents of Ida Magan. P.T. and Ida Magan lived here while he was a member of the Battle Creek College faculty, teaching Bible, Biblical history, and world history. He also held the administrative office of Academic Dean. This home is being restored mainly by students and faculty from the E.A. Sutherland Education Association in spring and fall work bees.

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“Again and again I have been shown that the past experiences of God’s people are not to be counted as dead facts. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would treat a last-year’s almanac.” Manuscript Release 346, page 2

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“The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished. Many of those who have since come into the truth are ignorant of the way in which the Lord wrought. The experience of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of the other pioneers of the Advent message, should be kept before our people.” Letter 105,k 1903

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