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July 15, 2016

Welcome to the Presbyterian Historical Society, Yvonne!

Yvonne Wathen started this month as records manager for the PC(USA). As a PHS staff member based at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, she will administer the records management program for the national agencies of the church, working with all types of records—paper-based, electronic, and audio-visual. Yvonne will make sure that records of permanent value are transferred to PHS for long-term preservation and access. Additionally, she will provide consultation and assistance to national office staff regarding all...

July 14, 2016

Every three summers, high school students from all over the world gather on a college campus for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) to create a community of young Presbyterians committed to strengthening their relationships with God and the church. Participants this year are just now heading to Purdue University for the Triennium’s beginning on July 19, making this a great time to delve into our archives and learn more about the group’s founding.

While the Presbyterian Church has a rich history of youth work and Christian education (take, for example, the...

July 13, 2016

--by Louis Weeks

Two current issues, the Black Lives Matter movement and the controversy over the legacy of Woodrow Wilson, vividly bring to mind the social witness of Francis J. Grimké a century ago. A Presbyterian pastor in Washington, D.C., Grimké struggled for human rights for black...

July 11, 2016

This year is shaping up to be a historic one for American elections. For Presbyterians, 2016 has already proven memorable.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recently elected its first African American Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson. In the contest for the nation’s presidency, the first woman to be nominated by a major political party faces an opponent who grew up attending a Presbyterian congregation, though some...

June 15, 2016

After a distinguished and peripatetic career as a journalist, activist, and lecturer, Ida B. Wells--who had urged black families to keep a Winchester rifle by the front door--put down roots in Chicago and became a Presbyterian.

Wells was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, July 16, 1862; her family fled for Memphis following an outbreak of yellow fever. Her career as a champion of civil rights began in 1884 when she sued the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, which had forced her to leave her seat in first class, winning in the lower courts and losing on appeal. She taught...

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