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February 16, 2018

One of the first things you learn when studying the “Civil Rights Movement” is that calling it the “Civil Rights Movement” is a bit of a misnomer. There was not a single movement, just as there was not a single leader. The multiple civil rights movements that evolved independently and yet concurrently during the 1950s and 60s were led by men and women who shared a common belief in equality and social justice.

As historians move beyond the narrative of a single story we begin to encounter new stories and new truths. The Reverend Cecil Augustus Ivory is a name...

February 15, 2018

PHS has recently transferred to digital video a rare 16mm print of Sunday on the Children's Corner, the first television program to feature the piano and puppeteering of Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, supporting his creative partner, Josie Carey.

Carey was born Josephine Vicari on 20 August 1930 in Pittsburgh. She was one of the first employees of WQED, beginning work six months before the station went on...

February 14, 2018

In honor of Valentine’s Day we would like to share with you the story of Minister John H. Grier, “The Marrying Parson.” John Hays Grier was born in 1788 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1809, he graduated from Dickinson College and then studied theology under his uncle Reverend Nathan Grier and was licensed to preach in 1813 by the Presbytery of New Castle. He was installed as pastor of the United Churches of Pine Creek and Great Island, Lycoming County, PA, in 1814.

In 1840 the members of...

February 13, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off last week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. PHS is celebrating the Games by sharing some of our Korea-related resources.

In 2017, the Presbyterian Church of Korea celebrated the 110th Anniversary of their first Presbytery meeting. Even though Presbyterian physicians were welcomed to Korea in the 1880s, the Presbyterian Church in the United States  of America did not arrive in the Hermit Kingdom until 1892...

February 9, 2018

--By Richard Poethig

A recent Wall Street Journal article caught my attention, its title, “Christian Missionaries Against Colonialism,” setting my mind in motion back through time. In the article the historian David A. Hollinger makes the case that missionary work stopped being a carrier of colonial imperialism in the 20th century. Hollinger’s recent book, Protestants Abroad: How...

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