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June 15, 2022

--by William Lake Leonard

William Lake Leonard is a retired attorney and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. He was a member of PHS's Board of Directors from 2009 to 2017; he has served on PHS's Advisory Council from 2017 to the present.

One of the highlights of my life as a Presbyterian was serving as a Commissioner to a meeting of the church’s General Assembly. In June of 2002, the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met in Columbus, Ohio, and I served as an Elder Commissioner representing the...

May 20, 2022

On May 12, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) looked back at previous General Assemblies that have impacted the direction of the church. This discussion was led by Lisa Jacobson, Senior Reference Archivist, and David Staniunas, Records Archivist. 

Preparations are currently underway for the PC(USA)’s historic first hybrid General Assembly. To learn more, visit the webpage for the 225th General Assembly

Click the video below to watch the session.

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May 9, 2022
Marchers in a pro-abortion rally, November 22, 1971. From Religious News Service photographs, in Pearl

--by Nick Skaggs and David Staniunas

This story contains content that may be distressing to readers including accounts of abortion and violence. 

Under the specter of safe and legal abortion ending...

March 17, 2022
Commissioners of the PCUSA General Assembly, Broad Street Presbyterian Church (Columbus, Ohio), 1933. Accession 16-0110.

At the 1933 PCUSA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, the Social Welfare committee recommended maintaining prohibition, decried pre-Hays Code movies and comics -- alliteratively accosting "the putrid picture and the polluted page" -- and then turned to...

February 17, 2022
Moderators Harold R. Martin and Robert N. Montgomery shake hands during march. Pearl ID: islandora:7479

On May 27, 1958, in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Presbyterians gathered at the 170th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A; at the same time, the United Presbyterian Church of North America celebrated a centennial anniversary at their 100th General Assembly. The two events were held just miles away from each other....

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