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December 6, 2016

Reference work involves both routine and new challenges. One of the most satisfying aspects of this work is having the opportunity to learn something each day.

At the Presbyterian Historical Society, we recently received a request from a woman who recalled raising funds in her Sunday school class in the 1950s for leprosy missions using a piggy bank called "Pete, the Leprosy Pig." Initially, the request sounded very obscure, but as our reference staff searched our catalogs and databases, we discovered that we not only have information about Pete the Pig in our collections,...

November 29, 2016

 Mary Parke Thompson and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In the last installment of this continuing series, Mary recorded all of the pressures that had been building on their lives for months including disagreements among missionaries and an increase in government monitoring of Japanese Christians. In January 1875, David had begun his services as interpreter to the U.S. legation in...

November 15, 2016

Several years ago, my children and I began keeping a “Gratitude Journal.” Most evenings we write down the things and people and moments from our day for which we give thanks. As I enter my eighteenth month as the executive director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s national archives, I’m taking a moment to note some of the many reasons I am grateful for PHS. 

PHS Reading Room, September 2016.

I am...

November 8, 2016

The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional history, here are five stories about the Houston area collected by PHS.

Organization of Houston's first Presbyterian church

General Sam Houston (a Presbyterian) secured the future of the newly-minted Republic of Texas in April 1836 when he defeated the Mexican army in the Battle of San Jacinto.  In the aftermath of war, land promoters founded a...

October 26, 2016

During recent installation of new brick for what will become the stated clerks' patio, masons removed from inside the sundial in our front lawn a metal cylinder two feet high and eight inches in circumference. I had had no idea that we owned a time capsule, but naturally we do. The institution is 154 years old; it will continue to disgorge secrets.

Patrons occasionally ask us questions about time capsules: Where should we put our time capsule? What should it be made out of? What should we put in it? It's probably...

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