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May 23, 2019
Clockwise from top left: Janet Lowery and Elizabeth Wittrig; Charles Yerkes; Youngeun Koo; Clifton Kirkpatrick and Pope John Paul II.

A message of thanks from one of our constituents

The archivists...

May 12, 2019

On March 25th, the Charles H. Cook Memorial Building of the First Presbyterian Church of Sacaton, Arizona burned to the ground. Authorities of the Gila River Indian Community soon arrested three suspects for arson. For one church elder, the fire was a reminder of...

April 17, 2019

Last week I visited Holy Trinity-Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia's Logan neighborhood, to help Elaine McCray and Bridget Jamison appraise a couple of room's worth of archival material. Elaine and Bridget drove the collection down here earlier this week, and its ten and a half cubic feet of records speak to the Logan congregation's enduring witness in its changing neighborhoods.

Holy Trinity-Bethlehem is a merged church -- its older ancestor, Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, was organized at Broad and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia in 1873. Bethlehem was an early adopter...

March 11, 2019

From 1905 to 1961, the Presbyterian churches of Cuba, heirs of the wave of Protestant evangelism which followed the war of 1898, were organized as the Presbytery of Cuba. In 1967, the churches were reorganized as the Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC), and all formal ties between the church in Cuba and the then-UPCUSA were cut in 1970. John Walter and John Potter, members of the...

February 6, 2019
Charles Yerkes image from Religion and Race TV kit, 1965.

A recent question that came across our reference desk led us to the amazing career of Presbyterian minister Charles Yerkes--backpacker, military interrogator, chaplain of Tompkins Square, and friend of the Protestant churches of East Germany.

Charles Thompson Yerkes was born 10 April 1931 in Lincoln,...

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