With the one hundred year anniversary of the March 1st Movement being celebrated this year, PHS is reflecting on the lives of two notable missionary families in early twentieth century Korea: the Adams family and the Baird family.
Two hundred years ago, in 1819, the Presbytery of Philadelphia launched Samuel Eli Cornish (1795–1858) into a remarkable career as minister, evangelist, missionary, publisher, and social reformer.[i] Following a rigorous two-year program of intellectual, practical, and theological training, Cornish became the first African-American preacher to be licensed by the presbytery, making him one of the first African-American ministers in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
The Presbyterian Historical Society has created a timeline of LGBTQIA+ related history in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The stories included show how church members’ perspectives as well as the language used to speak about sexuality shifted throughout decades of advocacy work by LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians and allies. Click on the image below to view the timeline:
A recent question that came across our reference desk led us to the amazing career of Presbyterian minister Charles Yerkes--backpacker, military interrogator, chaplain of Tompkins Square, and friend of the Protestant churches of East Germany.
Charles Thompson Yerkes was born 10 April 1931 in Lincoln,...
The Presbyterian Historical Society documents the experiences of Presbyterians from across the country. As part of our series on regional history, here are five stories about the Houston area collected by PHS.
Organization of Houston's first Presbyterian church
General Sam Houston (a Presbyterian) secured the future of the newly-minted Republic of Texas in April 1836 when he defeated the Mexican army in the Battle of San Jacinto. In the aftermath of war, land promoters founded a...