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July 14, 2016

Every three summers, high school students from all over the world gather on a college campus for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) to create a community of young Presbyterians committed to strengthening their relationships with God and the church. Participants this year are just now heading to Purdue University for the Triennium’s beginning on July 19, making this a great time to delve into our archives and learn more about the group’s founding.

While the Presbyterian Church has a rich history of youth work and Christian education (take, for example, the...

May 31, 2016

The General Assembly is right around the corner. Whether you're attending GA 222 or just want to learn more about its history, we have a collection of GA- and Portland-related content to get you ready.

Past Gatherings in the City of Roses

At the 104th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A, in 1842, the great controversy involved a debate over how to interpret the Bible....

October 12, 2015
The Presbyterian Historical Society holds a treasure trove of stories you can read on paper, including pastor diaries, church minutes, and rare library books. Other stories lie hidden inside objects from our museum collection. 
In anticipation of this year’s Reformation Sunday, we’d like to tell you about one such object--a 400-year-old gavel with a history of ownership just as interesting as the materials it was made from.
On January...
August 21, 2015

Between strategic planning meetings, coffee talks, and work-related trips beyond Philadelphia, Beth graciously responded to my questions about her history within the PC(USA), where she sees PHS in the future, and her hidden talents (spoiler alert: sheep wrangling!). To follow is the full interview.

What do you do at PHS?

As the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I work closely with the senior staff in the daily functioning of our organization. With...

August 5, 2015

While many use the summer to vacation and recharge, PHS has been as busy as ever. We've welcomed two new staff members and promoted another.

Our new Executive Director, Beth Hessel, began her work at PHS in June. Before arriving in Philadelphia, Beth successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in History at Texas Christian University. She also holds a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in U.S. Women’s History from State University...

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