Williamstown in Berkshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Birthplace of American Foreign Missions · 1806
The Field is the World
Francis L. Robbins Harvey Loomis
On this site in the shelter
of a haystack during a
summer storm in 1806 five
Williams College students
dedicated their lives to the
service of the Church around
the globe. Out of their
decision grew the American
Foreign Mission movement.
[Marker sponsored by] Williamstown Bicentennial Committee
Erected 1867 by Byram Green and American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
Location. 42° 42.912′ N, 73° 12.19′ W. Marker is in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. Marker is at the intersection of Mission Park Drive and Stetson Road, on the left when traveling east on Mission Park Drive. Monument and marker are at Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamstown MA 01267, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Meeting House of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ (approx. 0.2 miles away); West College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Williamstown Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. Ό mile away); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of First Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1753 House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamstown.
Also see . . .
1. Haystack Prayer Meeting at Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Into All the World: the Story of Haystack. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.