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May 16, 2018
We've recently processed and put into the hands of researchers RG 509, records of the United Mission in Iraq.
 
Though individual Protestant missionaries evangelized in Mosul and Kirkuk in the nineteenth century, coordinated American mission work flourished within the postwar British sphere of influence. In 1924 the Presbyterian...
May 1, 2018

Quick, what climate change prophet said this and when?

Finding alternatives to fossil fuels gives us the opportunity to realize new forms of community and to express solidarity with the poor and with the rest of creation. Our response to God's call is easily diverted by claims for national supremacy, institutional rigidities, and selfish individualism. We must, therefore, heed the Holy Spirit's working within us, reordering our priorities, bringing us to repentance, and empowering us for participation in the new era.

That was the General Assembly of the United...

April 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of Sheppard, a new search tool that gives you one-stop access to seven different databases that describe PHS collections.

Sheppard is named in honor of William H. Sheppard (1865-1927), a Presbyterian minister and missionary to the Congo. Sheppard was the first Presbyterian Church in the U.S. African American missionary, and...

April 17, 2018

--by Richard Reifsnyder

Powerful reaction to the Alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in 2017 and the controversies surrounding monuments honoring southern military figures remind us that the issues of the Civil War are with us yet. I recently taught a course on the Civil War in my community’s adult lifelong learning center, and the students discovered that the moral wrestling of that time was surprisingly relevant for our own. Issues of race...

April 10, 2018

The Presbyterian Historical Society is the proud recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant.

Announced yesterday, the $44,000 grant award allows PHS to digitize photographs from its large Religious News Service collection and to plan for future sharing of the entire RNS collection online.

The historical RNS photographs held in Philadelphia include 68,000 images dating from 1945 through 1982. The photographs—most with...

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