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May 15, 2015

In the early 1920s, the Japanese town of Kanazawa had been transformed. A new state house, a steel bridge, and a barracks on the former grounds of Kanazawa Castle had all recently been constructed. Mary Miles, Presbyterian missionary and music teacher at the girl's school Hokuriko Jo Gakko, wrote of the barracks "No one is allowed to enter except the soldiers and, I suppose, tradesmen." She had seen Prince Hirohito, barely twenty years old, reviewing military...

May 14, 2015

A year ago, PHS Board Director Cheri Register secured an invitation for the Society to present an adult education class at Westminster Presbyterian Church, her Minneapolis congregation. Throughout the year Cheri and I planned for that class and other parts of a PHS Minnesota adventure.

After morning services on Sunday, May 3rd, it was time for class. We used items from the PHS archives to provide students with new information about Westminster and other Minnesota congregations, including diary entries and...

May 5, 2015

Mary Parke and her husband David Thompson served as missionaries to Japan for over five decades. In this installment from her diary, Mary writes about the initial resistance to David’s appointment as interpreter to the U.S. legation and about the acceptance of both Presbyterian and Union (interdenominational) churches. Mary also reflects on how much her life has changed since she left the United States to serve as a foreign missionary.[1]


Aug. 3: [1874, Tokyo]. Miss Gamble...

April 28, 2015

On April 15, 2015, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Foreman died peacefully at his son's home in Black Mountain, NC. Below, Virginia F. Rainey, author of Stewards of Our Heritage: A History of the Presbyterian Historical Society, remembers Dr. Foreman's service to the Historical Foundation in Montreat, N.C., where he was director for ten years. You can read Reverend Foreman's complete obituary...

April 27, 2015

This year, the Presbyterian Historical Society is celebrating Preservation Week in a big way—we’ve just launched our first environmental monitoring program! Sixteen Preservation Environment Monitor (PEM2) data loggers now permanently collect temperature and relative humidity data in all of our collection spaces. Collecting and analyzing environmental data is the first step to...

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