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June 11, 2020

PHS Staff Statement on Black Lives Matter

In light of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the numerous people whose lives have been cut short by anti-Black violence, the staff of the Presbyterian Historical Society stands in support of Black people and People of Color, and against white supremacy and police brutality.

As keepers of history, we have a responsibility to not only document what has happened in the past but to recognize the history we are living through today. Standing in solidarity with Black and Brown...

April 8, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, churches across the nation are showing themselves to be beacons of hope—providing food and social services, pastoral care, and online worship.

One way the Presbyterian Historical Society is responding to this unprecedented moment is by gathering and curating 2020 Easter Sunday worship services and sermons from PC(USA) congregations and other worshipping communities. Many will be published in our online archives, so that the whole denomination can have a central clearinghouse for a body of...

March 18, 2020
Oil painting of Lydia Bailey by Jacob Eichholtz, 1827. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Bound tight in a wrap of worn scarlet-leather, the thin little book hid snug, sandwiched between an assortment of larger, to-be-cataloged books with unexceptional covers and designs. I’d plucked the random selection off the mint-green shelving unit where they, like hundreds of other books, stood staged, awaiting my cataloguing attention. As I’d done every workday prior, I planned to...

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