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August 21, 2020

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, providing the three-fourths majority necessary to finally make women’s suffrage a reality after a seven-decade-long effort that began at the July 1848 Seneca Falls, New York women’s rights convention. In the days following Tennessee’s ratification, opponents of suffrage tried to rescind its...

May 6, 2020
Left: Florence Nightingale, 1860. Courtesy of Wikicommons. Right: Nurses with child patient, Severance Hospital, Seoul, 1958. [Pearl ID: 145957]

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic focused the world’s attention on the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers make every day, the World Health Organization had...

April 21, 2020
Photograph of an Alaska Native man, from the Sheldon Jackson Papers.

In honor of National Library Week (April 19-25), let’s take a look at the behind-the-scenes work PHS librarians and archivists are doing to address the legacy of outdated and offensive language in our collection descriptions.

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December 11, 2019
Three nuns practice bow and arrow, Youngstown, OH, 1955. From the Religious News Service Photographs Collection. [Pearl ID: 150144]

In April 2019, PHS highlighted four ongoing initiatives that expand our mission in exciting new ways: the Religious News Service digitization project, LGBTQIA+ History collecting effort, Building...

April 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of Sheppard, a new search tool that gives you one-stop access to seven different databases that describe PHS collections.

Sheppard is named in honor of William H. Sheppard (1865-1927), a Presbyterian minister and missionary to the Congo. Sheppard was the first Presbyterian Church in the U.S. African American missionary, and helped raise...

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