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January 17, 2020
Gerald W. Gillette, ca. 1990. [Pearl ID: 6573]

One year ago I was honored to write remembrances about two pillars of the Presbyterian Historical Society who had passed away within a few weeks of each other. William B. Miller, the Executive Director and my predecessor, joined the Church...

January 9, 2020

--by Celia Shao

During a recent student exhibit panel meeting we discussed ways small objects can tell a larger story. I spoke about the pin pictured above, which I purchased from the Friends Pop Up shop in New York City this fall in celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary of airing. It...

December 30, 2019
Maya Holman at the National Constitution Center, August 2019

--by Maya Holman

When I first entered my Community College of Philadelphia Religious Studies course with Professor Presjnar, I had no idea of the genuine impact the class would have in my academic career and in my life. Truth be told, Professor Presjnar and I did not see eye to eye with a lot of things. His teaching style and my learning style clashed sometimes, and we...

December 13, 2019

--by Douglas MacVarish

Compiling hymnals has always been a balancing act. Many singers open a new hymnal to assure themselves that their old favorite hymns are still there, while a substantially smaller number explore a hymnal for what is new. The tug-of-war between old and new is a major difficulty of hymnal production and one reason hymnals are increasingly being replaced by digital song sheets.

By their nature, new Presbyterian hymnals generate disagreements. Thousands of hymns have been written, and each hymnal can include only a small portion. The selection...

December 2, 2019

--By Jennifer Johnson

My journey with the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) began as a result of attending the Religious Studies class at the Community College of Philadelphia, with Professor David Presjnar as the instructor. We were assigned a mini research paper based on pre-selected topics and PHS archival materials that we were able to choose from, which were provided to the class by the professor and in conjunction with the PHS archivists.

In preparation for the research we were invited to the PHS archives located at 5th and Lombard Street, here in...

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