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April 17, 2018

--by Richard Reifsnyder

Powerful reaction to the Alt-right demonstrations in Charlottesville in 2017 and the controversies surrounding monuments honoring southern military figures remind us that the issues of the Civil War are with us yet. I recently taught a course on the Civil War in my community’s adult lifelong learning center, and the students discovered that the moral wrestling of that time was surprisingly relevant for our own. Issues of race...

February 9, 2018

--By Richard Poethig

A recent Wall Street Journal article caught my attention, its title, “Christian Missionaries Against Colonialism,” setting my mind in motion back through time. In the article the historian David A. Hollinger makes the case that missionary work stopped being a carrier of colonial imperialism in the 20th century. Hollinger’s recent book, Protestants...

December 28, 2017
 
--by Rev. Vartkes M. Kassouni
 
The story of Armenian Presbyterians in America is closely intertwined with the story of Armenians and their immigration to the United States. It is distinctly so in California, where the first Armenian immigrants began to settle in Fresno in the mid-1880s. 
 
The oldest Armenian church of any denomination in California was organized in 1897 as the First Armenian Presbyterian Church. Its first pastor was a former American missionary to Armenia, Rev. Lysander Burbank, who had...
November 14, 2017

--by Nakia Parker

While investigating sources for a final paper in an undergraduate course on the American Civil War, I painfully discovered the history of American Indian participation in chattel slavery. Previously, I had viewed African Americans and Native Americans as identical comrades in the struggle against racism and oppression in this country. My desire to correct this thinking and contribute to the scholarship about the African American diaspora and the practice of chattel slavery in Southeastern Indian nations became the foundation for my current research...

November 6, 2017

--by William R. Laws III

At October's Sacramento Archives Crawl (a Northern California open house for history buffs), Heather Lanctot, who is the Archives Coordinator for rural Yolo County, expressed her profound sense of the importance of remembering the tragic...

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