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June 17, 2015

Several years ago, I sat in the office of Executive Director Fred Heuser conversing about alternatives to elusive tenure-track academic positions for history PhDs. As the recipient of a PHS Research Fellowship, I was spending several weeks at the Society taking photos of thousands of documents related to my dissertation research on WWII Japanese-American incarceration camps. Judy Austin—a mutual friend, scholar, and former PHS Board member—had introduced me to...

June 12, 2015
Note: The following blog post is the second of three that will run on Fundamentalism and Presbyterians in 2015. The last post, which will focus on the Portland Deliverance, will run this fall. Read the first post here.

July marks the 90th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey Trial, one of the most famous court cases in American history. Defending substitute high school teacher

June 10, 2015 to June 12, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society has made a big splash on Wikipedia thanks to our volunteer, Pete Ekman. A retired finance professor, Dr. Ekman has been coming to the Society since October to scan Presbyterian Church postcards from our collection.

Postcards became popular in the United States after the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, when they were sold as souvenirs. By 1902, images of churches were common subjects...

June 2, 2015

Processing is one of the most important and enjoyable tasks we do as archivists--arranging, describing, and properly storing the papers of an individual or family or the records of an organization according to archival standards. For one week this year, I processed the personal papers collection of Alonzo Edmiston, a missionary to the American Presbyterian Congo Mission in the early twentieth century with the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.


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 girls' 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...

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