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June 18, 2019

Every year on July 4th, Americans celebrate their freedom and the founding principles of our great nation. Presbyterians love to celebrate and our collections document this experience in many ways.

In 1989, the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) appointed a Bicentennial Celebration Committee to coordinate events for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first General Assembly, which convened on May 21, 1789, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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March 14, 2018

Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

The preceding verse of scripture provides an apt description of Margaret Purchase (1926-2009), a missionary, Christian educator, and activist. The Margaret Purchase Papers (RG 501) speak to the remarkable life of a woman over the span of seven decades. The papers document Ms. Purchase’s missionary service in Iraq...

January 5, 2018

Old Tennent Church in Manalapan, New Jersey, stands as a landmark not only of Colonial and Revolutionary America, but of early Presbyterianism in America. Referred to by a variety of popular names through the years, the congregation was initially known as Old Scots Church, then Freehold Church, and later, Old Tennent Church—in memory of Rev. John Tennent and his brother, Rev....

June 10, 2017

As Presbyterians around the country prepare to gather in St. Louis for Big Tent next month, the “Hands & Feet" initiative provides an opportunity for Presbyterians to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ at the local level. Presbyterians in St. Louis have been engaged in serving Christ and their community for over 200 years. Last year we wrote a blog post about the...

December 6, 2016

Reference work involves both routine and new challenges. One of the most satisfying aspects of this work is having the opportunity to learn something each day.

At the Presbyterian Historical Society, we recently received a request from a woman who recalled raising funds in her Sunday school class in the 1950s for leprosy missions using a piggy bank called "Pete, the Leprosy Pig." Initially, the request sounded very obscure, but as our reference staff searched our catalogs and databases, we discovered that we not only have information about Pete the Pig in our collections,...

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