2020 National History Day: Breaking Barriers in History
Topics and Resources for NHD 2020:
David Sindt—Founder of Presbyterians for Gay/Lesbian Concerns and a key figure in the fight for full membership and ordination rights for LGBTQIA+ individuals in the Presbyterian Church.
- Guide to the David Sindt Papers (RG 521) (Collection at PHS)
- Oral history interview of Barry Smith, historian of the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church (Chicago, IL) and early member of Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns in Chicago.
- Digitized images of David Sindt and his activism on Pearl
Shall Women Preach?—Explore the stories of Presbyterian women who have broken barriers within the church to claim their place among those ordained to the ministry.
- Newspaper clipping on Pearl, "First Woman Minister [Margaret Towner]"
- Living History video interview of Susan Andrews
- Journal of Presbyterian History Fall/Winter 2005 special issue on women's ordination (Printed journal available at PHS; digital version available through JSTOR)
- Patricia Lloyd-Sidle, Celebrating Our Call: Ordination Stories of Presbyterian Women (Book at PHS, WESTPR 2006-9)
- Karen V. Brown and Phyllis M. Fendon, compilers, African American Presbyterian Clergywomen: The First Twenty-Five Years (Book at PHS, BX 8946 .A35 A34 2001)
- Louisa M. Woosley, Shall Woman Preach? (Book at PHS, BV 676 .W66 1891; ebook at Internet Archive)
- Guide to the Rachel Henderlite Papers (RG 504) (collection at PHS)
Maggie Kuhn—American activist for social and economic justice, global peace, integration, urban renewal, and mental health awareness. In 1970, at the age of 65, she founded the Gray Panthers, an organization advocating for the rights of senior citizens.
- Guide to the Maggie Kuhn Papers (RG 475) (collection at PHS)
- Video on Pearl, "Celebrating the Year of the Older Person," 1983
- Digitized images of Maggie Kuhn on Pearl
- Maggie Kuhn, No Stone Unturned: The Life and Times of Maggie Kuhn (book at PHS, Poethig HV 28.K77 A3 1991; at the Free Library, 361.924 K955N)
- Dieter Hessel, Maggie Kuhn on Aging: A Dialogue (book at PHS, HQ 1064.U5 H47)
- Roger Sanjek, Gray Panthers (book at the Free Library, 305.2609 SA58G)
- Guide to the Gray Panthers Records (collection at Temple University Special Collections Research Center)
J. Oscar McCloud—noted Presbyterian minister, and civil rights worker, Rev. McCloud held significant leadership roles within the church, including being one of the first African American men and youngest churchmen to head a major unit of the denomination.