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March 31, 2022
Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, 1995. Pearl ID: islandora:171115

PHS is excited to spotlight some developments made in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. Researchers can now view the first installment of records from the Burke Library at Union Theological...

March 18, 2022

Lucy Craft Laney was many things. A college graduate, a loving daughter and sister, a fervent and faithful Presbyterian, an educator, a leader, and the headstrong founder of the Haines Institute—these are only some of the things that characterize the history and far-reaching influence of her life.

A Learned Adolescence: Lucy’s Childhood and Teenage Years

Lucy Craft Laney was born on April 13, 1854, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who bought his and his wife’s freedom twenty years before the birth of their child. Theirs was a large...

March 10, 2022

An American modernist poet and life-long Presbyterian, Marianne Moore (1887-1972) was considered by many critics to be the nation’s greatest living poet in the mid-twentieth century. Moore's most famous poem is perhaps the one entitled Poetry, in which she hopes for poets who can produce "imaginary gardens with real toads in them." Poetry begins with the following stanza:

“I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it,...

September 17, 2020

Recently, we highlighted elder Tillie Paul Tamaree for our #HistoricalFigureFriday series on social media. She was the first Native American woman elected as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Before her election as elder in 1930, Tillie Paul worked as a translator, civil rights advocate, and missionary educator within the Tlingit community in the Pacific Northwest.

The Tlingit are indigenous peoples of that region. Their language is the Tlingit language in which the name means "People of the Tides."

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July 14, 2015

Last month I was lucky enough to travel to Minneapolis, MN, to represent the Presbyterian Historical Society at the triennial Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women. As a new employee at PHS, I looked forward to learning about PW firsthand.

At the OGA booth, I joined my PHS colleagues Lisa Jacobson and Beth Hessel, as well as other representatives from the Office of the General Assembly. Throughout the Gathering we spoke with many wonderful women who had invested terrific amounts of time and...

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