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October 30, 2023

On Thursday, October 12, the Presbyterian Historical Society celebrated the completion of the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon Digital Collection, a collaborative effort among PHS, The Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary and The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University Libraries).


June 28, 2023

On Thursday, June 22 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis MN, PHS board member and public historian Tim Hoogland gave an hour-long presentation on the life and legacy of the Rev. David Sindt. 

Sindt, who grew up in the Twin Cities and came out as an openly gay pastor in the early 1970s, is remembered today as a groundbreaking figure in the struggle for full inclusion of LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians. During the 1974 United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly in Louisville, Sindt held up a sign reading, “Is Anyone Else Out There Gay?”—a “ministry of presence” that...

October 24, 2022

Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers is an archives-based learning project between the Presbyterian Historical Society and Community College of Philadelphia.


For a project with “Breaking Barriers” in the title, one obstacle almost proved too much: Covid-19.

Since 2018, a team of students from Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), instructors, project staff, and PHS staff had worked together to bring CCP classes to PHS to...

August 16, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce that Luci Duckson-Bramble has joined the staff as Director of Development. Her first day is August 16.

An experienced development professional with close ties to the national church and its mid councils, Duckson-Bramble said she “looks forward to working with the PHS staff and board to raise funds to support and enhance the work” of the national archives of the PC(USA).

“I am thrilled to have Luci join us at PHS,” said Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor. “I know the staff and Board are eager to work with her and draw on...

August 2, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce that Natalie Shilstut has joined the staff as Director of Programs and Services, a leadership position that oversees archival programs and services. Natalie's first day is August 2.

The Director of Programs and Services works with the PHS staff and board to acquire new collection materials, preserve (and in some cases digitize) materials, respond to reference questions from Presbyterians and other researchers, and lead outreach efforts.

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