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December 14, 2020

On Thursday, December 3, PHS hosted a webinar where Executive Director Nancy J. Taylor looked back at an eventful 2020 and looked forward to what PHS initiatives she's most excited about in 2021.

The session covered 2020 collecting initiatives including Easter and Pentecost Sermons, continued efforts to collect the records of African American Presbyterians...

December 4, 2020

On November 19, Dr. William Yoo discussed U.S. Presbyterian Missions in Korea and how race and colonial politics shaped that history.

The presentation connected first encounters between U.S. Presbyterians and Koreans to the years surrounding the Korean War. Dr. Yoo's overview and the question-and-answer phase to follow focused on the ways Presbyterian mission co-workers of the past engaged with questions about Korean independence and identity, and how history has remembered--and sometimes misremembered--that engagement.

Read the Presbyterian News Service coverage of the session...

November 27, 2020

On November 5, PHS librarian and rare books specialist Gabriela Zoller led a live historic Bible show and tell on Zoom and Facebook Live.

PHS holds hundreds of Bibles, including printings dating back to the Reformation. What makes a Bible rare? How have Bibles changed through the centuries? What are some of the stand-out Bibles at PHS?

Learn the answers to those questions and more from Gabriela by watching the session below.

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November 25, 2020

From July through September 2020, as Presbyterians unwound after the first remote General Assembly and greeted the church's first indigenous moderator, part of a team that promised to bring the past forward, the nation around us haltingly, often violently, did the same thing. While basketball playoffs and the World Series and the looming threat of college football muffled the clamor in the nation, the usual programming could not drown out...

November 17, 2020

Editor’s note: In the Poethig family papers at PHS researchers can find two intertwined stories about the history of the Plymouth Colony: (1) a study of Plymouth’s founding 400 years ago written by Eunice Blanchard Poethig and (2) the story of the Poethigs’ connection to that history, written by Richard and Eunice...

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