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Presidential Prayer Breakfasts

From Photo File: Prayer Breakfasts, Presidential - 1960

From the the February 18, 1960 Presidential Prayer Breakfast. From left to right - Abraham Vereide, organizer of the prayer breakfast movement; President Dwight D. Eisenhower; William Jones, a California businessman and host of the breakfast.

Starting in the early 1950s, a nonprofit organization called International Christian Leadership helped to organize the bi-partisan National Prayer Breakfasts in Washington, D. C. (also known as the presidential prayer breakfasts). The breakfasts, as well as the seminars that occured at the same time, were occasions for gathering of the nation's governmental. political, military, business, religious and civic leaders to fellowship together and hear addresses on the spiritual and moral probelms facing the country. Collection 459 in the Archives contains tapes and photos for more than thiity years of these meetings, from Eisenhower to Reagan.

Click to go to the guide for collection 459, which describes the records in detail.

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