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February 24, 2018

The Presbyterian Historical Society contains over 32,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Items from around the world have found a safe home here since the 19th century, when the foundations of today’s collections were laid by two Samuels, one in the North and one in the South: Samuel Agnew and Samuel Tenney. The collectors led very different lives, and yet they had one important thing in common: both were lovers of Presbyterian history.

Samuel Agnew was born in central Pennsylvania in 1820. He moved to Philadelphia and is reported to have made a lot of money early in his life...

September 18, 2017

--By Virginia Rainey

After its opening in September 1967, the faux-Colonial building at 425 Lombard Street looked like an iceberg broken free from Independence Hall four blocks up Fifth Street. The inside, pristine as it was, revealed surfaces and spaces worthy of the Old School-New School dispute.

To start with, money for construction had been tight. Department Manager Bill Miller once told me that United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (UPCUSA) Stated Clerk...

June 5, 2017

The Presbyterian Historical Society has significant ecumenical appeal. Not only is PHS the official record holder for non-Presbyterian groups such as the Federal and National Council of Churches, the American Sunday School Union, and the Religious News Service, we work with hundreds of patrons each year from beyond the denomination.

But it is the national offices of the PC...

April 28, 2015

On April 15, 2015, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Foreman died peacefully at his son's home in Black Mountain, NC. Below, Virginia F. Rainey, author of Stewards of Our Heritage: A History of the Presbyterian Historical Society, remembers Dr. Foreman's service to the Historical Foundation in Montreat, N.C., where he was director for ten years. You can read Reverend Foreman's complete obituary...

January 5, 2015

It’s been an amazing year at PHS. We launched new services, a new website, a new membership program, and a new integrated library system. We made significant improvements to our building and computing systems, our financial procedures, and our fundraising efforts. And all of this happened while taking more church records on deposit than ever before and giving more help to in-house researchers. Below is a non-exhaustive--yet pretty long--list of accomplishments we’re particularly proud of. Have a read or just click on the links to see related web sites and real-time social...

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