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September 20, 2023

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to welcome RNS Project Archivists Isabella Fidanza and Megan Genovese to the PHS staff. Isabella and Megan are part of the team digitizing the Religions News Service photographs.

Isabella (she/her) has a background in English, International Area Studies, and a M.A. in publishing. Driven by her deep appreciation for the arts and cultural sector, she has explored careers in museum public programming, academic libraries, and archives. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Digital Archives & Records Management from San Jose State...

September 12, 2023

"Let's continue our worship. You're just going to have to follow the cantor," begins Dr. Melva Costen at the beginning of a seminar on African American worship, leading the group in the Zulu church song Thuma Mina. The group sings "Send me Jesus, send me Lord." Dr. Melva Wilson Costen, Presbyterian intellectual, and key source in the study of African American church music and worship, died September 8 in Atlanta. She was 90 years old.

Melva Ruby Wilson was...

August 24, 2023

Dr. Heath W. Carter is the new senior co-editor of The Journal of Presbyterian History. Carter, associate professor of American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary, will work alongside Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor in overseeing The Journal, which PHS has published since 1901.

“I am thrilled to be joining...

July 18, 2023
Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Life Members at Retirees Luncheon, Toronto, 1985. From left to right: Lorraine Higgins, Valeria Murphy, Linn Sloan. Pearl ID: islandora:340286

With the midpoint of 2023 already here, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight some exciting additions among the 1,500+ new records to Pearl, our digital archives, from the year....

July 6, 2023

We are happy to welcome Sade Trice to the Presbyterian Historical Society as our new BKBB Archives Intern.

Sade (Shar) recently graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with an associate degree in English and an academic certificate in Creative Writing. In the fall, she will be attending Rutgers University in Camden. Previously, Shar held a work-study position in the archives at Holy Family University where she worked on digitization projects.

Outside of her internship at PHS, Shar works as a part-time assistant teacher at a childcare center and enjoys reading books...

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