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July 15, 2022

You’ve probably heard it by now, but it begs repeating: the Covenant Network of Presbyterians is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In connection with this commemoration, the staff at the Presbyterian Historical Society have been learning more about the people, events, and history of the organization by exploring the Covenant Network records in our collections and listening to recounted memories of Pam Byers. When asked to draw up a blog post inspired by archival collection RG 531, my mind focused on one question surrounding the groups’ efforts: what did their...

June 22, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to welcome a new staff member this summer.

Archives Technician Amalia Cottrell is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a B.A. in History as well as a B.A. in Mathematics. While at Bryn Mawr, Amalia worked in the on-campus libraries and special collections. Amalia is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.

At PHS, Amalia will work with Allison Davis, our Digital Collections Specialist, to digitize church...

May 20, 2022

On May 12, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) looked back at previous General Assemblies that have impacted the direction of the church. This discussion was led by Lisa Jacobson, Senior Reference Archivist, and David Staniunas, Records Archivist. 

Preparations are currently underway for the PC(USA)’s historic first hybrid General Assembly. To learn more, visit the webpage for the 225th General Assembly

Click the video below to watch the session.

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April 28, 2022

On April 27, PHS hosted a roundtable discussion about the Community School of Tehran. The session was led by Matthew Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Principal Investigator of the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School of Tehran was a Presbyterian Mission institution whose internationalist ethos influenced multiple generations of English-speaking students between 1935 and 1980.

Former students from Community School—whose alumni base now spans the globe—shared their memories of the school and pre-revolutionary Iran...

March 18, 2022

Lucy Craft Laney was many things. A college graduate, a loving daughter and sister, a fervent and faithful Presbyterian, an educator, a leader, and the headstrong founder of the Haines Institute—these are only some of the things that characterize the history and far-reaching influence of her life.

A Learned Adolescence: Lucy’s Childhood and Teenage Years

Lucy Craft Laney was born on April 13, 1854, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who bought his and his wife’s freedom twenty years before the birth of their child. Theirs was a large...

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