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July 26, 2021

The Church World Service Records have been processed as Record Group 529 and the guide to the records is now available: https://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/research-tools/guides-archival-collections/rg-529

In 1946, seventeen denominations formed Church World Service (CWS) as a relief agency. Churches throughout the United States provided over 11 million pounds of food and medical supplies to communities in...

July 26, 2021

In June 1996, the Rev. Dr. Mac Charles Jones led 38 pastors to Washington DC. These pastors had all served church buildings that were burned by white supremacists. For two days, the pastors met with the President of the United States, the attorney general, and members of Congress to share how the fires impacted their church communities and the racism they experienced in the aftermath of the arson. The pastors sharing their stories led to the creation of the...

July 22, 2021
Sports Day at Baghdad High School, April 1961. Pearl ID: 116222.

Last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee rescheduled the summer games for 2021. This Friday, July 23, the Olympics will kick off in Tokyo, Japan. We're joining the festivities by celebrating sports and athletes--big and small--through images found in our digital archives, Pearl....

July 21, 2021

On July 15, 2021, Records Archivist David Staniunas hosted a webinar on Zoom and Facebook Live about preserving original records of PC(USA) congregations.

Almost uniquely among large national archives, PHS collects and preserves records at the local level, bringing in more than 200 churches’ records in more than 350 cubic feet every year. In this webinar, David Staniunas shared simple tricks and lifehacks for keeping your original records decently and in order before they are...

July 13, 2021
Sunday service at Erie Chapel, undated. Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.

--by Maureen Hellwig

This post is the second in a series looking back a the history of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago. To read the first installment, click here.

What was the critical factor in the longevity of Erie House? The core of Erie’s story, and a major contribution to its success, is strong leadership. While...

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