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October 12, 2015

When most of us plan for Halloween, we think about costumes to wear, parties to attend, jack-o-lanterns to carve, or candy to hand out and devour. Sixty-five years ago, a Presbyterian minister had the idea to make the fun-filled holiday into something even more special: a way for young people to help families around the world.

From 1946 to 1951, Reverend Clyde M. Allison worked for the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA) Board of Christian Education in...

November 13, 2014

Before we give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving season, let us set the record straight[1] about one aspect of the Pilgrim story. The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620 were not Puritans. Most were Anglicans (who had little desire to change the Church of England) or Separatists (who wanted to leave the Church entirely).

Another common misconception is that all early Presbyterians in the American Colonies were Scots-Irish. In fact, a vital branch of Presbyterian history was formed by those same English emigrants we just...

December 16, 2013

American Presbyterians have been celebrating Christmas in the mission field since at least 1802, when the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (PCUSA) passed formal resolutions committing itself to spreading the good news among Indian Tribes and new settlers in North America. The PCUSA would go on to become the first Protestant denomination to organize a missions committee at a national level and, building on that success, the larger Board of Missions and the Board of Foreign Missions (today known as the ...

November 15, 2013

At PHS, we want your Thanksgiving meal to be special! Reference Archivist Dave Koch went into the collections and found a few recipes to try for your holiday meal. Originally published in 1895 in Nashville, Tennessee, The Cumberland Cookbook contains “four hundred tested recipes of Tennessee cookery.” Back then, making a turkey required more than a simple trip to the grocery store.


March 11, 2013

Easter is fast-approaching, and with it comes food. The Historical Society has combed through its archives and collections again to bring you a few recipes for the Easter holiday. Included here are a few traditional Easter foods, such as two egg recipes from the 1895 Cumberland Cook Book. There is also a recipe for...

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