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August 9, 2012

First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tennessee, is celebrating its bicentennial anniversary this year. This is a spotlight on the festivities the church is holding to celebrate and honor its past.


When Martha Farrar of Fayetteville, Tennessee, was first asked to chair the bicentennial celebration committee at her church, she was reluctant to commit to more volunteer responsibilities. As a sixth-generation member of First Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville, however, she decided that the...

July 20, 2012

Some of my PHS colleagues in a photo op we set up at General Assembly to accompany the Living History project


Last week I got back to the PHS office after my very first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I’ve heard a lot from my coworkers...

May 10, 2012

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Four Presbyterians share their stories of activism in the Civil Rights Movement

 50 years ago, a movement of committed citizens fought to end racial...

February 13, 2012


Celebrating Women’s History Month, PHS presents The Trailblazer and the Investigator. This special event will highlight the story of Presbyterian Missionary Dr. Eliza Leonard’s work in Peking (now Beijing), China, and a nephew’s quest to recover her story. Dr. Leonard served from 1895 to 1924 and was one of the first women doctors in China. PHS Board Member William Lake Leonard will tell his Great Aunt’s story and relate his own experience of discovery. Jennifer Barr, Western Medicine in...

December 14, 2011

First Presbyterian Church, Bordentown, N.J., before removal of the steeple in 1914

First Presbyterian Church, Bordentown, New Jersey; and Covenant Presbyterian Church, Gresham, Oregon, have received 2011 Heritage Microfilming Grants. Funded this year by Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago, Ill.), the...

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