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December 2, 2019

--By Jennifer Johnson

My journey with the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) began as a result of attending the Religious Studies class at the Community College of Philadelphia, with Professor David Presjnar as the instructor. We were assigned a mini research paper based on pre-selected topics and PHS archival materials that we were able to choose from, which were provided to the class by the professor and in conjunction with the PHS archivists.

In preparation for the research we were invited to the PHS archives located at 5th and Lombard Street, here in...

November 20, 2019
A Cuban youngster eagerly reaches for a platter of food from a Red Cross volunteer at a refugee camp near Lima, Peru. Religious News Service image PC-53556

The third quarter was an active time for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national archives, and it feels like we're only just catching up! Here is a snapshot of our work in the archives in the summer and fall.

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November 15, 2019

It was my great privilege to share some time with friends and neighbors in North Carolina in October, a four-day jaunt that bears reflecting on.

On my first day in town, I flew into Charlotte to meet the Rev. Jerry Cannon at his church, CN Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian, chiefly to talk about preserving the personal records of his sister, the late Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon. Jerry...

November 9, 2019

--by Douglas MacVarish

On March 27, 1938, Rev. Carl McIntire preached his last sermon at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church. Following the conclusion of his sermon, the congregation marched out of the church singing "Faith of Our Fathers." Shortly after, the doors of the Gothic Revival church were locked as the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) denomination regained control of the property.

The following Sunday, a reported 1,223 worshippers met in a...

October 25, 2019

--by Deanna Ferree Womack

Church archives can be treasure troves for research on missions and Christianity around the globe. I found this to be true when working on my first book, Protestants, Gender and the Arab Renaissance in Late Ottoman Syria.

Missionary Treasure Troves

The “treasures” that I sought when researching Protestantism in...

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