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August 13, 2019
British troops break up an attack by Protestant supporters on Catholic marchers, Oct. 8, 1978, Derry/Londonderry, Ulster. Pearl Image: 148610

The conflicts that have occurred in the six counties of Northern Ireland or Ulster over the past three hundred years make up one of the most divisive and deadly ethno-religious disputes in modern history. On the surface, the conflict appears to be merely disagreement between the Catholic descendants of “native...

August 12, 2019
John E. Johnson, one officer in the second row, sailed on the USS Idaho, 1939. Courtesy of Merwyn Johnson.

--by Merwyn S. Johnson

Before he sailed the world’s great oceans as a career U.S. Navy chaplain, my father John E. (“Johnny”) Johnson surveyed the “amber waves of grain” in Iowa, the ancestral home where he spent his summers as a youth. Whether on land or on ship, the seas gave him a wide horizon for his entire life. Navigating them for almost 100 years, May 2, 1899 to November 17, 1998, he immersed...

August 8, 2019

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is excited to announce Ernest R. Higginbotham (Dallas, TX) as its new Chair of the Board. The Reverend Dr. George Abdo completed his second term as Chair in June. 

Higginbotham—a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law, and a career litigator—is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher, food program volunteer, and President of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Foundation. His commitment to the PC(USA) is further exemplified by his work...

August 7, 2019
 
From January to August, I have been involved as an archival intern at P.H.S., or the Presbyterian Historical Society, in downtown Philadelphia. I came to know this institution because of research from Professor Joel Tannenbaum’s history class at the Community College of Philadelphia, where I graduated in early May 2019. I have been introduced to numerous projects throughout the course of my time here at P.H.S., including processing the...
July 30, 2019

Your archivists have had an active spring -- serving researchers in Philadelphia, and documenting Presbyterians in person from Atlanta to Minneapolis. We're pleased to get to tell you more about our work.

During Holy Week, PHS's David Staniunas and Fred Tangeman were in Puerto Rico, collecting records, taking interviews, and worshipping and meeting with friends old and new. They brought back records of Iglesia Primera Presbiteriana (Rincon, P.R.) which was a winner of our Heritage Preservation Grant, visited IP La Marina...

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