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July 25, 2014
While young Presbyterians of the 1950s and 1960s went to summer camp, Mexican-American children went to migrant laborers' camps in their midst.
In spring whole families moved, in trucks with wooden sideboards, tarps covering them and possessions, up from the Rio Grande Valley, to Arkansas to pick cotton, to New Mexico to pick onions, to Indiana to pick cucumbers. Alongside them went...
June 17, 2013
Backflip into the pool, Happy Valley Camp (Port Deposit, Md.), 1964. From Slides B141. Backflip into the pool, Happy Valley Camp (Port Deposit, Md.), 1964. From Slides B141.

Last one in's a rotten egg! Believe it or not, recreation and Presbyterianism go hand in hand. For more than a century, Presbyterians have...

April 11, 2013

“Changing trains on the way to Grinnell Iowa – Westminster youth assembly,” Mora Mae Collins Gilley Scrapbook, 1950.

Many young Presbyterians in the 1940s and 1950s participated in Westminster Fellowship programs. Whether through summer camps, youth conventions, Bible...

November 16, 2011

Forty-five years ago this month, six youngsters from West Philadelphia held a public screening of a short autobiographical film. This may not seem remarkable in the age of YouTube, but their 16mm home movie, Not Much To Do remains a fascinating document, and a testament to the power of community partnerships to amplify the voice of the city.

In 1966, Robert D. Stoddard, a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and assistant pastor at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia developed a film club for the local children who attended Tabernacle's...

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