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October 12, 2015
The Presbyterian Historical Society holds a treasure trove of stories you can read on paper, including pastor diaries, church minutes, and rare library books. Other stories lie hidden inside objects from our museum collection. 
In anticipation of this year’s Reformation Sunday, we’d like to tell you about one such object--a 400-year-old gavel with a history of ownership just as interesting as the materials it was made from.
On January...
July 14, 2015

More than a century before the start of the Protestant Reformation, the Czech reformer Jan Hus paid for his beliefs with his life.

He was born in Bohemia in 1369, during a time of schism in the Roman Catholic Church—a time of popes, antipopes, and attacks on the church’s hierarchy. Hus received a university education in Prague before being ordained a priest in 1400. He joined other Bohemian reformers who advocated for preaching in the native Czech language rather...

October 15, 2014

Note: In 2014 we're commemorating John Knox's 500th birthday for Reformation Sunday. Download our bulletin insert about Knox's interview with Queen Mary, explored at length in this blog post.

Before John Knox returned home from exile to become a hero of the Scottish Reformation, he penned a shocking polemic against women in roles of authority: ...

October 5, 2014

Not all of us are able to tour Scotland to visit John Knox's homeland or spend hours in libraries or archives reading up on his most important works. Fortunately, the great reformer is well-represented on the internet. As we commemorate Knox's 500th birthday in 2014, here are some resources to explore to find out more about his works, life, and ultimate resting place.

Writings by or about John Knox

A selection of...

October 16, 2013

Did you know that the last Sunday of the month is set aside to commemorate the events and figures of the Protestant Reformation? Presbyterians celebrate Reformation Sunday along with millions of Reformed church members around the globe.

Many churches this Reformation Sunday are focusing on the...

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