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April 19, 2021
Missionary doctor Eleanor Taylor Calverley and daughters dressed in Muslim women’s attire, 1922. Courtesy of the Hartford Seminary Archives.

The Spring/Summer 2021 issue of The Journal of Presbyterian History is the first of two special issues on “The Dynamics of Indigenization” in global Christian communities. 

In the Spring/Summer issue, ...

April 16, 2021
Lois Stair, General Assembly 183, Rochester, NY, 1971. [Pearl ID: 175778]

“Well, here I am, filled with amazement and gratitude, and standing in need of prayer.” 

Presbyterian Elder Lois Harkrider Stair had just been elected as the first woman to serve as General Assembly moderator of a U.S. Presbyterian denomination. The year was...

April 14, 2020

At a time when we continue to feel anxious and isolated from our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, PHS's stories of faith, struggle, and hope--available through our Pearl digital archives and history online webpage--help keep us connected and inspired as we navigate these unchartered waters.

We want you to know how grateful we are for your continued, faithful...

December 19, 2019

--by Nancy J. Taylor, Acting Executive Director

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19)

This has been a year of change at the Presbyterian Historical Society, with a leadership transition and questions about our future sustainability requiring us to work in new, and sometimes unforeseen, ways. Despite such challenges, I am pleased to tell you we have held fast to our core mission and our recent ...

March 19, 2019

Mansei! The shouts rang out in support of Korean independence on March 1, 1919. After nine years of Japanese colonial rule, thirty-three activists—including pastors of Korean Presbyterian churches and other leading Christians—gathered in Seoul to read aloud the newly drawn up Korean Declaration of Independence. That same afternoon, crowds filled the streets in locations around the country, waving Korean flags and shouting their support for independence.

Marchers had called for peaceful, non-violent protests. But Japanese authorities did not respond in kind. Over...

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