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May 8, 2020
The William Tennent House. Photo by Dan Yowell of MeganDan Photography

--by Wendy Wirsch

In 1735, the Reverend William Tennent purchased a hundred-acre plantation in Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Near his home, he built a log cabin structure for the training of Presbyterian ministers. This school, known as the Log College, became the first college in Pennsylvania. In this rustic building, Tennent educated young men for the ministry. Shortly after his death on May 6, 1746, the doors of this rural school closed.

I’m sure...

May 6, 2020
Left: Florence Nightingale, 1860. Courtesy of Wikicommons. Right: Nurses with child patient, Severance Hospital, Seoul, 1958. [Pearl ID: 145957]

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic focused the world’s attention on the sacrifices nurses and other health care workers make every day, the World Health Organization had...

May 1, 2020

The Presbyterian Historical Society is pleased to award four Research Fellowship grants for 2020.

Dr. Anne Blankenship of North Dakota State University, Connor S. Kenaston of the University of Virginia, Dr. Reuben Loffman of Queen Mary University of London, and...

April 28, 2020

--By John C.B. Webster

These guidelines, which I hope will help others working on congregation histories, are offered after completing three very different projects: two Baptist congregation histories and one Presbyterian congregation history. One was for a 250th anniversary, the second a 175th anniversary, and the third a 50th anniversary. (One was published, with an important appendix, in the Spring 2017 issue of the American Baptist Quarterly, pp. 69-87.) These...

April 27, 2020
Last year, PHS completed the Religious News Service digitization pilot project. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we were able to scan nearly 500 photographs from the Religious News Service photograph collection and add them to our digital collection in Pearl.

Early in the project, I scanned photographs from the 1980s. So why, I asked myself, did I find an...

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