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Proof of vaccination is required to visit the Presbyterian Historical Society. In-person research is available by appointment only.

The Presbyterian Historical Society has instituted a vaccination mandate for all researchers, visitors, and vendors entering the building effective January 18, 2022. There is no testing option for unvaccinated individuals. Visitors who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be able to visit PHS at this time.

To qualify as vaccinated, you must have had the first course of vaccination (1 J&J/Janssen, 2 Pfizer-BioNTech, or 2 Moderna shots) plus a booster shot when eligible.

According to the CDC, you are eligible for a booster based on the following schedule:

  • J&J/Janssen: individuals 18 years and older should receive a booster after 2 months  
  • Pfizer-BioNTech: individuals 12 years and older should receive a booster after 5 months
  • Moderna: individuals 18 years and older should receive a booster after 6 months

You will be required to show a staff member your official vaccination card issued by the CDC upon entering the building. The original card or a scanned copy (paper or digital) will be accepted. You will also need to show an ID (driver’s license, state ID, or passport) for comparison. No information will be copied or recorded by staff. You will also be asked to fill out a brief health questionnaire. Health questionnaires are shredded after 21 days.

In addition to proof of vaccination, all visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while on the premises. If you do not have a mask, PHS will provide one to you.

In-person research is available on a limited basis by appointment only.

This temporary policy is to ensure the safety of visitors as well as our staff due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you intend to do research at PHS, we recommend that you review the catalogs and guides to our collections as well as the Information for Researchers page on our website and communicate with the reference staff about scheduling an appointment.

Building Knowledge Breaking Barriers student exhibit

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Building Knowledge Breaking Barriers student exhibit installations inside the building remain closed to the public. Access them online here.

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