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February 15, 2017

--by William R. Laws III

This February, Northern Californians are remembering the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans to prison camps throughout the American West. In 1942, 80 percent of the nation’s Japanese Americans lived in California.

Because of fears connected to World War II, families were yanked from their homes. Imprisoned in remote places such as...

July 14, 2015

The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional history, here are five stories about the Los Angeles area collected by PHS.

1) First Presbyterian Church (Los Angeles, Calif.) session minutes, 1874-1879. (VAULT BX 9211  .C20007 F51 v.1)

Los Angeles was not easily moved to the cause of Presbyterianism in the late nineteenth century....

August 11, 2014

In the middle of the twentieth century, Presbyterians rededicated themselves to ministry in America's inner cities. While the ebb tide of suburbanization drew congregants to new neighborhoods, urban churches were urged to tend to the people right next door. For forty years, Presbyterians' work in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles centered on the Westminster Neighborhood Association.

In 1955, the Presbytery of Los Angeles’ Church Extension Board began study of its own outreach to neglected Angeleno neighborhoods, establishing an Inner City Committee. Members were...

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