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August 19, 2021

PHS is excited to welcome Gabe Loredo as the new Archives Technician. Their first day is August 23rd.

A visual artist who recently graduated from Temple University's Tyler School of Art & Architecture, Gabe’s interest in archives and storytelling came into focus during an internship at Girard College in Philadelphia. Gabe’s experiences curating and archiving inspires their art.

At PHS, Gabe will be responsible for digitizing church records and items from the Society’s collections...

August 19, 2021
Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church. Located about two miles west of Chambersburg, Pa. Founded in 1734. Present building erected in 1794. [Pearl ID: 14120]

The Presbyterian Historical Society strongly encourages churches to send their original records of permanent value to us to protect them from all the usual calamities that befall historic documents....

August 16, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce that Luci Duckson-Bramble has joined the staff as Director of Development. Her first day is August 16.

An experienced development professional with close ties to the national church and its mid councils, Duckson-Bramble said she “looks forward to working with the PHS staff and board to raise funds to support and enhance the work” of the national archives of the PC(USA).

“I am thrilled to have Luci join us at PHS,” said Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor. “I know the staff and Board are eager to work with her and draw on...

August 9, 2021

"The Negroes and the Puerto Ricans have had it."

So wrote Graydon McClellan, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of New York, in a 1965 pastoral letter supporting the activism of one of its minister members, Milton Arthur Galamison, who had just led a march of students through Harlem in protest of the continued segregation of New York's public schools, and the subordinate treatment of Black and Puerto Rican children. 

"Mr. Galamison dramatically represents that fact. The people he leads are not out to win our favor or approbationbut to win educational...

August 4, 2021

--by Holly Mullin

It had been a long day of reading 200-year-old Trustee Records and taking photos with my phone. As I was packing up to leave, I thought, “there are a lot of blank pages in this 1815 book, let me just flip through to make sure they are actually empty”. Lo and behold, there it was hidden--the original map of our historic graveyard along with the lot assignments. I was delighted to find these records, as I had been seeking them for quite a few years and not sure if they even existed. 

This is just one of the important discoveries I have made at the...

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