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August 30, 2018

A story from the records of a missionary family in northwestern Iran serves as a reminder of the fraught dynamics of class and ethnicity in the nineteenth century mission encounter.

The daughter of Kasha and Shawa Oshana, Shushan Oshana Wright grew up in the mountains of Kurdistan. Her parents, Nestorians who converted to Evangelical Christianity in the 1840s, worked with Protestant missionaries among the Nestorian community. In her young adulthood, Oshana Wright spent time in the United States receiving training at Ferndale Seminary in Norwalk, Connecticut before returning to Iran....

September 14, 2017

PHS just received a collection of 35mm slides from the papers of Frances Mecca Gray, delivered to us by Dr. Carolyn Spatta-Eckhart. Gray was the first president of Damavand College, a private women's college in Tehran. This new batch of slides, shot between 1972 and 1975, brilliantly documents the life of the institution. You can see the full collection in this gallery.

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January 10, 2013

Entrance of the Blue Mosque, Tabriz, Iran, between 1911 and 1914.

We've recently received a collection of diaries and photographs by the Presbyterian missionary to Iran, Thomas Kirkpatrick. Assigned to evangelistic work in Tabriz and Urumiyah in 1911, Kirkpatrick traveled throughout the Caucasus, taking photographs. His photographs reveal an interest in Persian rural...

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