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July 12, 2024
1,050 University of Wisconsin undergraduates assembled in the First Congregational church here attending a twice-weekly lecture on political science. The rapid influx of college students this fall, most of them veterans taking advantage of the federal education benefits, has crowded the usual college classrooms, 1946. [Pearl ID: islandora:360547.]

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to share some digitization highlights as part of the Religious News...

April 25, 2024

On Tuesday, March 29, in the late afternoon, a very exciting shipment arrived at the PHS building on Lombard Street: 64 boxes of records from More Light Presbyterians (MLP).

Several of our staff assisted Records Archivist David Staniunas in getting the five-dozen boxes of archival materials into the building. At the request of More Light Presbyterians leadership and with the enthusiastic support of the records’ original donor, Jim Anderson, the records made their way to the Presbyterian Historical Society from Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives....

April 10, 2024

On April 4, Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor was joined by Dr. Hooman Estelami and descendants of John Haskell Shedd for a discussion on the history of Presbyterian missions in Persia.

John Haskell Shedd served as a missionary in the city of Urmia in Northwestern Persia beginning in 1859. During his time in Urmia, Shedd methodically recorded his observations and experiences as he conducted missionary work among Christian populations in the Turco-Persian border region during the late nineteenth century.

Following a presentation on the first community of Presbyterian...

April 8, 2024

On March 21, guests gathered at PHS to view the traveling exhibit, Assyrians from Persia (Iran) to the United States, 1887-1923, and hear more about Presbyterian missionaries in Urmia. At the event, Dr. Hooman Estelami of Fordham University presented a lecture titled, "Presbyterians Missionaries and the Assyrian Bridge to America During the Qajar Era."

The lecture discussed the work of the first community of Presbyterian missionaries based in the city of Urmia in northwestern Persia during the Qajar era. Focusing on the domains of education, medicine, and evangelism,...

April 4, 2024

PHS Will Develop RNS Exhibit With Support from Lilly Endowment Grant

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) will use a $94,750 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop a traveling exhibit of photographs from its Religious News Service Collection.  

The planning grant will fund the design and fabrication of an exhibit prototype that explores how the Religious News Service covered the interplay of

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