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January 16, 2020
"Close the Saloons" poster, 1918. [Pearl ID: 139358]

One hundred years ago today, the United States officially went dry.

On January 16, 1919, the United States ratified the Eighteenth Amendment with approval by 36 states, establishing a constitutional ban on alcoholic beverages and entering the country into what is commonly referred to as the Prohibition Era. One year later, the outlaw of “intoxicating liquors” went into full effect...

December 11, 2019
Three nuns practice bow and arrow, Youngstown, OH, 1955. From the Religious News Service Photographs Collection. [Pearl ID: 150144]

In April 2019, PHS highlighted four ongoing initiatives that expand our mission in exciting new ways: the Religious News Service digitization project, LGBTQIA+ History collecting effort, Building...

December 13, 2018

Many of the exciting new initiatives the Presbyterian Historical Society launched in 2018 are reflected in Pearl, the Society's home for digitized and born-digital collections. Pearl provides researchers online access to a rapidly growing repository of images, publications, audio, and video content. In 2018, 2,400 items were added.

Oral history content is one of the PHS initiatives that picked up digital steam in 2018. Staff traveled across the country to interview prominent Presbyterians and collect stories that fill...

April 10, 2018

The Presbyterian Historical Society is the proud recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant.

Announced yesterday, the $44,000 grant award allows PHS to digitize photographs from its large Religious News Service collection and to plan for future sharing of the entire RNS collection online.

The historical RNS photographs held in Philadelphia include 68,000 images dating from 1945 through 1982. The photographs—most with...

February 27, 2018

As African American History Month draws to a close, we are thrilled to announce the completion of an almost two-year effort to digitize and share more of the society’s African American history collections. This project was generously funded by a PHS donor and includes a variety of content--archival collections, photographs, video, and a periodical--that is now part of our online archives, Pearl.

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