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June 22, 2022

The Presbyterian Historical Society is thrilled to welcome a new staff member this summer.

Archives Technician Amalia Cottrell is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a B.A. in History as well as a B.A. in Mathematics. While at Bryn Mawr, Amalia worked in the on-campus libraries and special collections. Amalia is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.

At PHS, Amalia will work with Allison Davis, our Digital Collections Specialist, to digitize church...

June 17, 2022

One night in 1964 James Foster Reese, pastor of First United Presbyterian Church on the campus of Knoxville College, sped down a Wilcox County Alabama highway, ferrying two injured white ministers to safety in Selma. He killed the headlights and didn't stop. The men in the back,...

April 26, 2022
Tehran Community School, 1940. 

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is pleased to partner with Dr. Matthew Shannon—Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Research Fellow at the Baskerville Institute—for the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School Oral History Project (CSOHP) explores the history of the...

April 26, 2022

We're saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Alvin N. Puryear, a friend of PHS and member of our board, a management expert and a leader in the PC(USA). Beloved father of Pamela, Susan, and Karen, Al is well-known here for his role in securing the release of Ben Weir from Hezbollah custody in 1984.


March 21, 2022

--By Nancy J. Taylor

It is with great sadness that we share the news of former PHS Board member Bill Marshall’s death on March 13. He had been living with pancreatic cancer for several years.

When Bill joined the PHS Board in 2011, he brought his deep well of knowledge and passion for history. Having served as the Director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky since 1976, he enthusiastically pushed PHS to expand its programming. Drawing on his own experience, he helped us reinvigorate our oral history program and even conducted...

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