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December 15, 2020
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Commission, 1982. Pearl ID: 166891

The Presbyterian Historical Society is excited to announce the digitization of records from Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, work made possible by a grant from the...

August 28, 2020
Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, 2020. Photo by J. Barr.

Part one of this two-part series focused on the history of the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, considering it within the context of the past trends and controversies experienced by congregations across the denomination. This post looks at the church's contemporary life--its current ministry, engagement with the...

May 26, 2020

Eight student panelists from the Community College of Philadelphia are creating an exhibit as a part of Building Knowledge & Breaking Barriers: An Archives-Based Learning Project. Here two of the panelists discuss their hopes for the project and the PHS archives.

Interviewer Stephanie Santoro: How did you hear about and enter the program?

Briana Anthony: I was introduced through a CCP History in Architecture class taught by Professor Miles Grosbard.

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May 21, 2020
 
--by Chris Ludd

The Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church stands nobly at the corner of Germantown and Mt. Pleasant Avenues, in Philadelphia's northwest. A part of the community for well over a century, the church has a history that connects to one of the most prominent Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia, the Market Square Church.

From before its formal organization in 1880 to the present, the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church evolved from a small Bible study group born from...

March 18, 2020
Oil painting of Lydia Bailey by Jacob Eichholtz, 1827. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Bound tight in a wrap of worn scarlet-leather, the thin little book hid snug, sandwiched between an assortment of larger, to-be-cataloged books with unexceptional covers and designs. I’d plucked the random selection off the mint-green shelving unit where they, like hundreds of other books, stood staged, awaiting my cataloguing attention. As I’d done every workday prior, I planned to...

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