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May 9, 2022
Marchers in a pro-abortion rally, November 22, 1971. From Religious News Service photographs, in Pearl

--by Nick Skaggs and David Staniunas

This story contains content that may be distressing to readers including accounts of abortion and violence. 

Under the specter of safe and legal abortion ending...

April 28, 2022

On April 27, PHS hosted a roundtable discussion about the Community School of Tehran. The session was led by Matthew Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Principal Investigator of the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School of Tehran was a Presbyterian Mission institution whose internationalist ethos influenced multiple generations of English-speaking students between 1935 and 1980.

Former students from Community School—whose alumni base now spans the globe—shared their memories of the school and pre-revolutionary Iran...

April 26, 2022
Tehran Community School, 1940. 

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is pleased to partner with Dr. Matthew Shannon—Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Research Fellow at the Baskerville Institute—for the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School Oral History Project (CSOHP) explores the history of the...

April 26, 2022

We're saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Alvin N. Puryear, a friend of PHS and member of our board, a management expert and a leader in the PC(USA). Beloved father of Pamela, Susan, and Karen, Al is well-known here for his role in securing the release of Ben Weir from Hezbollah custody in 1984.


April 25, 2022

In 2016, PHS began collecting records in memory of Pam Byers—the first Executive Director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians—to document fully all sides and perspectives on the forty-year movement for ordination and marriage rights in the PC(USA). Through her generosity, faith, and commitment to justice, Pam McLucas Byers united Presbyterians across the theological spectrum in conversations about the rights of LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians.

We’re thrilled to...

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