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September 16, 2022

Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers is an archives-based learning project that brings educators, students, and student-support networks from Community College of Philadelphia together with the material and staff resources of the Presbyterian Historical Society, a Philadelphia archive with over 500 years of history to explore.

On September 15, PHS staff welcomed participants in the BKBB project for a discussion of the students' projects, collaboration, access to the archives, source sets for educators, and more. Panelists included...

May 20, 2022

On May 12, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) looked back at previous General Assemblies that have impacted the direction of the church. This discussion was led by Lisa Jacobson, Senior Reference Archivist, and David Staniunas, Records Archivist. 

Preparations are currently underway for the PC(USA)’s historic first hybrid General Assembly. To learn more, visit the webpage for the 225th General Assembly

Click the video below to watch the session.


April 28, 2022

On April 27, PHS hosted a roundtable discussion about the Community School of Tehran. The session was led by Matthew Shannon, Associate Professor of History at Emory & Henry College and Principal Investigator of the Community School Oral History Project.

The Community School of Tehran was a Presbyterian Mission institution whose internationalist ethos influenced multiple generations of English-speaking students between 1935 and 1980.

Former students from Community School—whose alumni base now spans the globe—shared their memories of the school and pre-revolutionary Iran...

March 11, 2022

PHS holds over 60,000 Religious News Service photographs depicting domestic and international religious news between 1945 and 1982. Through a digitization pilot project funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Reference and Resources grant, we added almost 500 RNS images to Pearl, the Society’s publicly accessible digital archives. Click here to see the images.

On March 10, PHS staff were joined by Religion News Service Photo Editor Kit Doyle to share about the Religious News...

February 25, 2022

On February 24, Public Services Associate Sonia Prescott spoke with Reverend Jimmie Hawkins about his new book, Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America.

As the Director of the Office of Public Witness, Jimmie Hawkins continues the Presbyterian tradition of advocating for a more just world through public policy. Prescott and Hawkins discussed topics relating to his book, including what compelled him to write about the history of Black protest in America, how Presbyterians have been involved in movements for racial equality, what the PC(USA) can do to...

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