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December 16, 2015

For the past six months, people have asked me, “Are you settled yet?” What a seemingly simple question that is, yet I never quite know how to answer it. What counts as settled?

As far as my home life is concerned, my children are making friends and doing well at school, there are more places I can travel to without relying on Google maps, and my attention is turning from unpacking and painting to repairs around the house. Does that count as settled?

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August 21, 2015

Between strategic planning meetings, coffee talks, and work-related trips beyond Philadelphia, Beth graciously responded to my questions about her history within the PC(USA), where she sees PHS in the future, and her hidden talents (spoiler alert: sheep wrangling!). To follow is the full interview.

What do you do at PHS?

As the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Historical Society, I work closely with the senior staff in the daily functioning of our organization. With...

August 5, 2015

While many use the summer to vacation and recharge, PHS has been as busy as ever. We've welcomed two new staff members and promoted another.

Our new Executive Director, Beth Hessel, began her work at PHS in June. Before arriving in Philadelphia, Beth successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis in History at Texas Christian University. She also holds a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in U.S. Women’s History from State University...

June 17, 2015

Several years ago, I sat in the office of Executive Director Fred Heuser conversing about alternatives to elusive tenure-track academic positions for history PhDs. As the recipient of a PHS Research Fellowship, I was spending several weeks at the Society taking photos of thousands of documents related to my dissertation research on WWII Japanese-American incarceration camps. Judy Austin—a mutual friend, scholar, and former PHS Board member—had introduced me to...

March 30, 2015

On Friday, March 13th, I attended a day-long symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The symposium, organized by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), brought together archivists, librarians, and researchers to discuss the theme of Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Innovation, Collaboration, and Models....

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