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April 8, 2021

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers (BKBB) exhibit. The six installation exhibit spotlights research projects by Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) students, with topics including the Black church, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, representative public art in Philadelphia, and white Christian attitudes toward Asian communities.

BKBB is an archives-based learning project that for two years has brought educators and students from Community College...

March 8, 2021

On March 4, Robert D. Stoddard, Jr. joined PHS Director of Communications Fred Tangeman for a conversation about his new book, Sarah and Her Sisters: American Missionary Pioneers in Arab Female Education, 1834-1937

Sarah Huntington Smith organized a school for girls that would revolutionize female education in the Near East and begin bending the cultural arch toward female equality. Stoddard's recent history, Sarah and Her Sisters: American Missionary...

February 11, 2021

On February 4, Dr. Kimberly D. Hill joined PHS Executive Director Nancy Taylor for a conversation about her new book, A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa. 

The Edmistons joined the American Presbyterian Congo Mission in the early twentieth century and served into the 1930s. They were part of the Black Missionary Movement at the turn of the century that grew out of newly established Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in...

December 14, 2020

On Thursday, December 3, PHS hosted a webinar where Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor looked back at an eventful 2020 and looked forward to what PHS initiatives she's most excited about in 2021.

The session covered 2020 collecting initiatives including Easter and Pentecost Sermons, continued efforts to collect the records of African American Presbyterians...

December 4, 2020

On November 19, Dr. William Yoo discussed U.S. Presbyterian Missions in Korea and how race and colonial politics shaped that history.

The presentation connected first encounters between U.S. Presbyterians and Koreans to the years surrounding the Korean War. Dr. Yoo's overview and the question-and-answer phase to follow focused on the ways Presbyterian mission co-workers of the past engaged with questions about Korean independence and identity, and how history has remembered--and sometimes misremembered--that engagement.

Read the Presbyterian News Service coverage of the session...

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