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August 8, 2019

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is excited to announce Ernest R. Higginbotham (Dallas, TX) as its new Chair of the Board. The Reverend Dr. George Abdo completed his second term as Chair in June. 

Higginbotham—a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law, and a career litigator—is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher, food program volunteer, and President of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Foundation. His commitment to the PC(USA) is further exemplified by his work...

May 1, 2019

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award three Research Fellowship grants for 2019.

Dr. Leanne Calvert of the University of Hertfordshire; Yasmina El Chami, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge; and Kevin Rose, a graduate student at the University of Virginia, were chosen from a record-tying number of applicants. PHS received applications from fifteen...

November 9, 2018

We are so grateful for your support and past visits to the Presbyterian Historical Society. As PHS develops a volunteer program to allow our friends and neighbors ways to get more involved with our ministry, we are looking for personable and capable persons to volunteer time at our front desk to greet visitors and patrons and answer the phone. We would love to hear from you if you are interested. Please share the announcement below with friends and others at your church. If you would be able to get the announcement shared in your congregation’s bulletin, newsletter, or online website...

September 19, 2018

Presbyterians celebrate the half-millenium of tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday. It is always the last Sunday in October, marking the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

For this year's October 28th Reformation Sunday celebration we've prepared four images to download from ...

June 20, 2018

As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gathers in St. Louis, Missouri for the 223rd General Assembly this June 16–23, we're taking a look at some of the significant reports, discussions, and decisions made at previous General Assemblies held in St. Louis. 

1818 (Philadelphia) & 1919 (St. Louis)

Two hundred years ago, the 1818 Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. General Assembly in Philadelphia passed a resolution printing 1,500 copies of a pastoral letter written by its moderator, Jacob Jones Janeway. The letter urged Presbyterian churches to guard against the “...

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