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December 11, 2023

The Presbyterian Historical Society is launching a new chat reference service to assist remote researchers and history enthusiasts around the world. Libchat, the new free platform, allows patrons to chat with archivists about their research questions and receive answers in real time.  

The Society hopes this new service will give patrons the ability to explore Presbyterian history and learn how to gain access to important primary source records at their convenience.


April 25, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I am one of two Reference & Outreach Archivists on staff here at PHS. I spend most of my days responding to reference questions over the phone, through email, or in person. On other days I meet with students and professors from Community College of Philadelphia to help facilitate class visits. I also give tours to visitors and sometimes participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars to share information about the Presbyterian Historical Society with Presbyterians and non-Presbyterians alike. ...

January 7, 2022
Barber-Scotia College (Concord, N.C.) Graduation. [Pearl ID: 7314]

“I went as a Negro, I became Black, April 4th, 1968.”

- Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon speaking about being a student at Barber-Scotia College when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce a new subject guide to records in our...

November 18, 2021

Last month the Presbyterian Historical Society celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month across all of our social media feeds. We highlighted photos from our collection that represented Hispanic communities and stories of Hispanic leaders within the Presbyterian church. 

We also hosted a PHS LIVE centered on Hispanic and Latinx Ministries in the PC(USA) featuring Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace, Joanna Kim, Rev. Eliana Maxim, Rev. Juan Sarmiento, and Rev....

September 8, 2021

-- by Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating Reverend Blanca Estrella Otaño-Rivera--also known as Blanqui Otaño--the first Hispanic clergywoman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (UPCUSA), in June 1975.

The Reverend Otaño-Rivera was born in Lares on the island of Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of...

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