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February 8, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant to the Presbyterian Historical Society, the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The NEH grant will fund a 2016 conservation environment assessment of PHS’s archival facility in Society Hill—the first such study of the building in 25 years.

Natalie Shilstut, PHS Preservation Archivist, believes the assessment is a crucial step in providing for the future well-being of...

February 4, 2016

In 1915, maverick and charismatic 37-year-old minister Henry Morris Edmonds, on trial before the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. North Alabama Presbytery for doctrinal heresy, walked out of his pastorate at Birmingham’s South Highland Presbyterian Church, taking five hundred of the church’s members with him. Closely allied in the then radical Social Gospel Ministry with Jewish Rabbi Morris Newfield, Edmonds literally led his...

January 15, 2016

In the late 1890s, six statues representing famous early American Presbyterians were designed by Alexander Stirling Calder, fabricated in North Philadelphia, and transported by horse and buggy to the heart of Center City. As if unsettled by their future placements high on the Witherspoon Building, each...

January 14, 2016

The Presbyterian Historical Society is a major repository of stories related to the settling of the United States. Since the 1850s it has shared the stories of immigrant peoples who have entered this country, as well as the ongoing saga of Presbyterian engagement with the human rights struggles for an open and democratic U.S. society. In this election year, when immigration has become a central issue in our national discourse, it seems fitting that we should revisit our historical tradition of providing safe boundaries for refugees fleeing war and political oppression.

As many U.S....

January 4, 2016

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award Heritage Preservation Grants to four PC(USA) congregations. The records to be preserved come from two former congregations of the PCUS, a 19th-century church west of the Mississippi, and a New Deal planned community in Appalachia. The winners are:

  • Fairfield Presbyterian Church (Sandy Lake, Pa.), organized in 1831.
  • Presbyterian Church (Floyd, Va.), organized in 1853.
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