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December 16, 2022

As we near the end of the year and reflect on 2022, I am grateful we saw so many of you in person this year! Whether you attended one of our events, conducted research in our reading room, dropped off records—or all three—your presence and your affirmation of our work has been a blessing.


April 19, 2022

Dear friends,

As we write this in the early Spring of 2022, we live in hope that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is behind us.

Reflecting on last year, we remember that 2021 was indeed shaped by COVID-19—both by the promise of widespread vaccinations and the prevalence of the Delta and Omicron variants that tempered our return to “normal.” At the Presbyterian Historical Society, we leaned heavily on creativity, flexibility, and perseverance to continue our work. As the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we...

March 21, 2022

--By Nancy J. Taylor

It is with great sadness that we share the news of former PHS Board member Bill Marshall’s death on March 13. He had been living with pancreatic cancer for several years.

When Bill joined the PHS Board in 2011, he brought his deep well of knowledge and passion for history. Having served as the Director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky since 1976, he enthusiastically pushed PHS to expand its programming. Drawing on his own experience, he helped us reinvigorate our oral history program and even conducted...

December 16, 2021

A lot has been written and said about how the coronavirus pandemic impacts our sense of time. Thinking back on 2021, several things come to mind immediately: the opening of the Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers Exhibit; publication of two special issues of The Journal of Presbyterian History; and welcoming a number of new staff members. Other significant things are just part of “COVID time”—started, impacted, or accelerated because of the pandemic

December 3, 2021

Rev. Richard Poethig, who died on November 22 at the age of 96, cared passionately about history. As a fraternal worker in the Philippines and a leader in the new field of urban and industrial mission, his historic ministry influenced church policies, assisted communities struggling with profound change, and impacted the lives of countless individuals. Throughout his life, he also championed the telling of history as crucial to navigating “the challenges...

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