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October 8, 2015

Note: This is the third of three blog posts on Fundamentalism and Presbyterians to run in 2015. Read the previous posts here.


Thousands of Presbyterians will gather in Portland over the next nine months for the PC(USA)’s Fall Polity and General Assembly, many...

September 17, 2015

We were prepared for insect remains, for paper fragments, for rust, and for sand. We were not prepared for typhoid, not prepared for napalm, not prepared for shelling during a picnic.

Beginning in December 2014, and continuing for 163 man-hours through June 2015, Archives Technician Michael Carroll and I processed the new Record Group 492, Syria-Lebanon mission records. We removed 9 pounds of rusted metal fasteners and rehoused records in 775 acid-free folders,...

September 17, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of Journeys of Faith: Artifacts from the Mission Field, our new in-house exhibit.

Featuring objects from around the world, Journeys of Faith showcases the wide range of American Presbyterian mission work going back to the 18th century. The exhibit’s oldest item is a conch shell used by David Brainerd to call Native American worshipers to service in the 1740s; its most...

September 15, 2015

Between 1975 and 1980, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, across the street from Victor Machle and his sister, Elsie Machle White. When Elsie died on January 29, 1978, she left a treasure-trove of letters and a small notebook that recorded the sender, date of receipt, and date of response for each. The letters span 70 years and include early Machle correspondence from China to relatives in the United States.

My name is Georgene Searfoss[1]. I spent hours in the Machle home at 501 E. 42...

August 21, 2015

Between strategic planning meetings, coffee talks, and work-related trips beyond Philadelphia, Beth graciously responded to my questions about her history within the PC(USA), where she sees PHS in the future, and her hidden talents (spoiler alert: sheep wrangling!). To follow is the full interview.

What do you do at PHS?

As the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I work closely with the senior staff in the daily functioning of our organization. With...

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