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January 31, 2019

--Beth Shalom Hessel, Executive Director

On January 5, 2019, one of the standard bearers for Presbyterian history, James Hutchinson Smylie, joined the great cloud of witnesses who have completed the race. As we join with family, friends, and colleagues in remembering his life and a ministry well-done...

January 25, 2019

--by Beth Shalom Hessel, Executive Director

The Presbyterian Historical Society staff, board, and volunteers join with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in mourning the loss of two fellow disciples and leaders in our denomination, the Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel and the Rev. Dr. Laird Stuart. As we grieve their deaths, we also rejoice in the sure knowledge that Leon and Laird are living the promised fullness of life with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Famously and fondly remembered as “the Bishop” by pastors and lay leaders in the...

December 14, 2018


--by Beth S. Hessel, Executive Director

Earlier this year I saw a truck...

January 17, 2018

--by Beth S. Hessel, Executive Director

PHS is pleased to have recently received the papers of Jack Rogers (1934-2016), an influential pastor and educator who served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in many leadership roles, including moderator of the 213th General Assembly in 2001.

We obtained Rev. Rogers’ papers thanks to the faithful concern of his close friends and family—especially his wife, Dr. Sharon Rogers—...

December 18, 2017


Dear Friends of PHS,

We all know the common stereotype of an archives: a dusty and...

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